MHS girls head to Newton Monday

By Steve Sell
February 03, 2018
Kendall Shaw

In retrospect, McPherson High’s postponement of its girls basketball game at Newton last month was a blessing in disguise.

Had the game been played, the Bullpups would have been without reigning Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year Taylor Robertson due to illness, while Mandi Cooks had yet to play for the Bullpups as she was still rehabbing from surgery.

Not to say the Bullpups couldn’t have defeated Newton, but it certainly would have been an uphill climb to say the least.

The game will now be played on Monday, which makes for a busy week. The Bullpups are home Tuesday against Great Bend and Friday against El Dorado.

“I don't see any problem with that, in fact the girls are probably looking forward to it,” said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team has been off since winning the Mid America Classic with a victory over defending Class 6A champion Manhattan. “It has been a long time since our C-Team girls got to play, and some of our varsity girls haven't had much court time either since there hasn't been a JV game since Andale.  That seems like a very long time ago.  We hope to have a great week, but it can only be considered a great week if we start things off the right way at Newton on Monday.”

The Railers are 10-4, coming off a week in which they lost to Salina Central, but bounced back to defeat Campus.

In comparing scores, the Railers lost 69-35 to Miege in the finals of the Newton Invitatational, while MHS lost to the Stags on the road, 59-51.

The Railers have some of the best athletes MHS will face this year in DesiRay Kernal and Jada Berry, while Taylor Antonowich was one of the state’s best volleyball players. They seem to play a lot of low-scoring games as their rely greatly on their defense.

It figures to be a hostile environment for the Bullpups in this girls-only game, which has a 7 p.m. starting time. Those unable to make it can follow the action on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.