Perfect quarter propels MHS girls past Newton

By Steve Sell
February 05, 2018

NEWTON — It was the perfect quarter for the McPherson High girls.


Down 23-22 in a slow motion of a first half as Newton dictated the methodical pace on Monday, the itching-to-run Bullpups finally shifted the game into third gear, incredibly making all 10 of their shots in the third quarter to score 25 points and wound up winning going away against their old rival 55-42, avenging last year's last-second loss at the Roundhouse.

The Bullpups have won 11 in a row to match the boys' streak and are 13-1 overall with six games left to play, beginning with Tuesday's home game against Great Bend as they are playing on back-to-back nights.

"No kidding?" MHS coach Chris Strathman said after being told his team knocked down every single shot and outscored the Railers 25-13 in the third quarter. "We knew we were in for a battle before the game started and sure enough we go into half down one. I thought our girls did a great job of responding… it started on the defensive end. We got a couple of steals and leakouts. We started to see some baskets go in transition and the lid kind of opens up."

Taylor Robertson punctuated the perfect quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer and she scored 8 points in the period, while Riley Hett had 7 of her 12 in the quarter and she finished the night 5 of 5 from the field.

The Railers took advantage of their athleticism in the first half by pounding the glass for second-chance opportunities. They took a 23-22 lead into the break behind the unexpected offense of Taylor Antonowich, who doubled her season average in the first half with 8 points.

Thankfully for the Bullpups, the long layoff— they had not played since the Mid America Classic — didn't affect their 3-point shooting as all but two of their first-half buckets were from beyond the arc, with Robertson making three on her way to 10 points, even though Antonowich was using her quickness and movement to make it tough for the MHS All-Stater to get off many shots.

Robertson finished with 24 points, making 8 of 10 shots. MHS was 20 of 35 for the game compared to 18 of 48 for the Railers, whose second-chance opportunities led to more attempts.

DesiRae Kernal led Newton with 13 points, while Antonowich and Kyndal Bacon tallied 10 apiece.

The MHS JVs were held somewhat in check by their standards, but still came away with a 40-30 victory. Megan Eisenbarth led a balanced offense with 8 points.

In the C-game, Emma Malm’s 30 points were the difference in a 67-37 Bullpup success. Kassidy Beam and Grace Pyle were on double figures as well with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The Bullpups host a Great Bend team on Tuesday that has struggled. The Panthers are just 3-11.

MHS (55) — Sweat 1-1, 0-0, 3; Ruddle 1-1, 0-0, 3; Hageman 2-8, 1-2, 5; Schieferecke 1-3, 2-2, 4; Hett 5-5, 0-0, 12; Robertson 8-10, 3-3, 24; M. Cooks 1-6, 0-0, 2; C. Cooks 1-1, 0-2, 2. Totals — 20-35, 6-9, 55. 3-pointers — Robertson 5, Hett 2, Sweat 1, Ruddle 1.

Newton — (42) — Antonowich 4-9, 2-2, 10; Anderson 1-3, 0-0, 2; Bartel 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bacon 4-12, 1-2, 10; Kernal 6-12, 0-0, 13; Berry 3-8, 1-2, 7; Brewer 0-3, 0-0, 0. Totals — 18-48-4-6, 42.


MHS JV (40) — Yowell 7, Burghart 2, Ruddle 6, Sweat 6, Malm 7, Ellet 2, Leaf 2, Eisenbarth 8.


MHS C (67) — Beam 13, Godwin 8, Stout 2, Del Campo 2, Pyle 12, Malm 30.