McPherson High’s basketball teams make a rare Tuesday visit to Winfield as they begin the final 2 weeks of the regular season.
Normally the teams play on a Friday due to the near-100-mile trip, but this is how the schedule fell this year.
Game time is 6:00 for the girls, with the boys to follow. All the action will be available on 96.7 KBBE-FM with Voice of the Bullpups Jim Joyner on the call.
Chances are pretty good the girls game will go into running clock as MHS crushed the Vikings 72-10 back in December. MHS led 43-6 at the half.
Given that the Bullpups just routed El Dorado 81-18 to move to 6-0 in AVCTL Division III and 15-1 overall, MHS coach Chris Strathman probably will have to find ways to keep his team focused.
“The last time we played Winfield they were really battling some illness and were missing a couple of players, including one of their better guards and ballhandlers,” Strathman said. “They really had a hard time with our pressure that night, but I expect them to be much improved. They just recently played a 4A-I ranked Augusta team very close and looked much better on film. Going to Winfield on a Tuesday is not exactly ideal, but our girls should be excited to play regardless. We have been very sharp lately overall and we just look for that to continue as we get closer to sub-state.”
The boys’ game will be much more interesting as the Vikings have been playing more competitive as of late and have an explosive player in Jordan Mays, who has a chance at high AVCTL honors. In the first meeting, MHS was a 79-47 winner behind 29 points by Ben Pyle and 22 by Mason Alexander.
“Winfield has been playing better lately,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “Their team chemistry seems to be better since they have made some lineup adjustments. Jordan Mays went for 21 against us in the first game, so he needs to be the focus of our defense. He did a good job of driving the ball and getting to the line. Anytime you get to play in a game in a competitive environment you should look forward to it. It doesn't matter if you drive 10 hours or 20 minutes, we are getting the opportunity to compete, something that not everyone has the opportunity to do.”
Like the girls, the MHS boys have won 13 in a row and are 15-1 overall, 6-0 in league play.
MHS remains on the road Friday to play at arch-rival Buhler.