Sonerka White got off to a great start this season for the McPherson College women’s basketball team, including 27 points in the season opener.
White hit the wall for a bit of a stretch and even lost her starting job, but it appears she’s back as she scored 23 points Saturday to lead the Bulldogs to a 62-52 upset of second-place Sterling College.
The loss probably knocked the Warriors out of the title hunt as they now trail KCAC-leading Friends by three games with six left to play.
Mac is back at .500 in the KCAC at 8-8 and is 12-11 overall. The Bulldogs, currently in eighth place, continue to defend their home court as they are 10-2 at the Sport Center, but just 2-9 on the road.
White, who had 17 points on Wednesday and averaged 20 for the week, came off the bench to make 8 of 17 shots, 4 of 10 from beyond the arc.
Cami Richardson added 10 for the Bulldogs, along with 7 rebounds.
Probable KCAC Player of the Year Kylah Comley was injured in the third quarter with a concussion, but even before she was hurt the Bulldogs had done a fine job defensively as she was just 1 of 9 and scored 6 points, but did haul in 10 rebounds. Jessica Princ led Sterling with 16 points and Jordin Greer added 11.
The Bulldogs locked down the Warriors from beyond the arc as Sterling was just 4 of 27, 18 of 55 overall.
Mac is home on Wednesday to take on Friends.
Mac (62) — Richardson 10, Coe 7, Roberts 5, VanDonselaar 4, Racette 3, White 23, Battle 6, Zimmerman 4.
Sterling (52) — Princ 16, Greer 11, Comley 6, Sokoloski 5, Harris 2, Theus 9, Thrasher 3.
• MAC MEN 78, STERLING 71 — The Bulldogs continued their resurgence as they hung on to move to 3-13 in the KCAC and 6-18 overall. They are now 5-5 over their last 10 games as they continue to make marked improvement despite injuries and attrition thinning the roster.
The Bulldogs dominated the first half before settling for a 43-36 lead. The second half was a yo-yo, but it wound up with both teams scoring 35 points.
Aaron Bachura, the reigning KCAC Player of the Week, scored 17 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the Bulldogs. Lual Magot had his best game since coming back from injury as he had 14 points on 6 of 6 from the field and also pulled down 7 rebounds while proving a lot of energy. Fred Watts chipped in with 11.
Kody Crosby, the former Great Bend standout, led Sterling with 17. The Warriors, who rely greatly on the 3-ball, were just 6 of 26 from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs host Friends on Wednesday.
Mac (78) — Bachura 17, Watts 11, Oxford 8, Munsey 8, Owen 3, Magot 14, Parker III 8, Barideaux 6, Ellison 3.
Sterling (71) — Crosby 17, Windom-Haynes 13, McMahon 11, Ostrosky 6, Dubbert 2, Oyatayo 9, Hart 6, Lacey 3, Ohler 2, Nordberg 2.