MHS girls light it up again to rout Great Bend

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2018

McPherson High's girls played a tremendous offensive second half on Monday in rallying past Newton, making 13 of 16 shots.

They followed that up with an amazing first half on Tuesday at the Roundhouse against Great Bend, again shooting the lights out.

MHS came out smoking by making 18 of 33 first-half shots — 5 of 11 from 3-point — as it left the Panthers in the dust for a 49-21 lead and wound up cruising to an 86-47 victory, its 12th in a row to improve to 14-1 on the season.

"The girls were sharing the basketball," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "In the first half we had 13 assists on 18 baskets so that was really good. We ended up with 19 assists on 34. The first half I thought we were really, really good."

Taylor Robertson and Hannah Hageman led the first-half outburst with 16 and 11 points, respectively. After the Panthers stayed close early, down only 16-13, the Bullpups took off and hid as it outscored Great Bend 33-8 the rest of the half.

Robertson then exploded for 15 points in the third quarter, including a 35-footer at the buzzer, as MHS moved it out to 72-36 as it made 10 of 15 shots in the quarter.

Strathman made great use of his bench as 13 of the 14 players marked points in the book. Robertson, who had her school-record 43 points against Great Bend, finished with 31 as the Panthers will be glad to see her graduate. Hageman did not add to her 11 points in the second half, but was 4 of 5 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point as Strathman praised her for stepping up and knocking down shots, which will help her confidence.

The MHS JVs kept on rolling, 78-47. Megan Eisenbarth dominated inside with 21 points, Claire Yowell added 15, Emma Ruddle tallied 14 and Kari Ellet added 10.

The C-team girls exploded for 46 points in the first half on their way to a 62-25 rout. Kassidy Beam and Grace Pyle tallied 15 points apiece, and Kenzee Godwin and Emma Malm furnished a dozen apiece.

The Bullpups now ready themselves for "Think Pink" Night as they'll be wearing their pink uniforms as they have raised funds to battle cancer. El Dorado will be the opponent and the Bullpups swamped the Wildcats 95-24 in the first meeting, which was the first game of the season.

MHS (86) — Hageman 4-5, 0-2, 11; Schieferecke 2-8, 2-2, 6; Hett 1-2, 0-0, 2; Robertson 12-18, 2-2, 31; C. Cooks 4-6, 0-3, 8; Yowell 1-1, 0-0, 3; Ruddle 2-5, 0-0, 4; Pyle 1-2, 0-0, 2; Sweat 1-3, 1-2, 3; M. Cooks 0-1, 1-2, 1; Ellet 2-2, 0-0, 4; Leaf 3-5, 3-4, 9; Eisenbarth 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 34-58, 9-17, 86. 3-pointers — Robertson 5, Hageman 3, Yowell 1.

Great Bend (47) — Clark 1-3, 0-0, 2; Dunekack 4-8, 1-2, 9; Mauler 3-5, 0-0, 8; Mills 1-2, 0-1, 2; Brack 2-9, 2-2, 8; Herter 3-4, 0-0, 9; S. Unruh 1-4, 0-0, 3; Schroeder 1-2, 0-0, 3; K. Unruh 1-4, 0-0, 3. Totals — 17-41, 3-5, 47. 3-pointers — Herter 3, Mauler 2, Brack 2, S. Unruh 1, Schroeder 1, K. Unruh 1.

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MHS JV (78) — Beam 2, Yowell 15, Burghart 2, Ruddle 14, Godwin 2, Sweat 6, Malm 2, Ellet 10, Leaf 4, Eisenbarth 21.

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C-girls (62) — Beam 15, Godwin 12, Stout 3, Del Campo 3, Pyle 15, Collins 2, Malm 12.


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