MHS girls lose in OT in Hy-Vee Shootout

By Steve Sell
December 20, 2013
File Photo-Kendall Shaw

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — McPherson High’s girls will take a lot of good things away from their second appearance in the Hy-Vee Shootout.

But they won’t take away that elusive first-ever Shootout victory.

Not that they didn’t have their chances on Friday. The Bullpups had a 3-point lead with just over a minute to play, but St. Teresa's Academy’s Ryan Wilkins buried a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left to force overtime, where the Stars dominated to come away with a 52-45 victory.

“Obviously if we shoot the ball a little better we win, but you can say that a lot of nights,” said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team was just 16 of 52 from the field and 7 of 13 at the line. “We just didn’t get it done enough on the defensive end.”

The killer stretch came late when MHS was up 41-38, only to miss the front end of a pair of 1-and-1s. The second came with 33 seconds left in regulation, which led to Wilkins burying a tough 3-pointer. Abby Pedersen’s chance to win it didn’t go and from there, it was all Stars, particularly Wilkins.

The 5-5 sophomore, who did not score in the first half, notched seven of her 18 points in the extra session as MHS simply couldn’t match her quickness.

Strathman, though, went back to the Stars taking it hard to the basket to draw more fouls as the key.

“We were 7 of 13 (at the line) and they were 19 of 29,” Strathman said. “They were the more aggressive team and that’s why they had 16 more free throw attempts than we did and that’s the bottom line, that’s where the game was won and that’s kind of where we lost it by not being aggressive enough defensively.”

Pedersen led MHS with 14 points, while Hannah Willems scored nine. Janae Barnes had eight points and eight rebounds, but was limited to 20 minutes because of foul problems. Strathman said the plus-minus when Barnes was on the floor definitely tilted MHS’ way and added when she can stay out of foul trouble, the Bullpups are a much better team.

The Bullpups did get some quality minutes from their bench, especially Ashtyn Schieferecke, Ally Ulsaker and Madison Hoffman. Ulsaker hit a pair of free throws early in the overtime to give MHS its only lead at 43-42, but St. Teresa’s dominated from there.

MHS is now 1-3 against quality competition. Strathman is hoping the Bullpups can use these tough games as a building block for better days ahead.

MHS (45) — Willems 3-7, 0-1, 9; Pedersen 4-17, 3-4, 14; Barnes 4-11, 0-1, 8; Cooks 2-5, 0-0, 4; Schmidt 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hoffman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 3-9, 2-4, 8; Ulsaker 0-1, 2-2, 2. Totals — 16-52, 7-13, 45. 3-pointers — Willems 3, Pedersen 3.

St. Teresa (52) — Kitts 3-7, 7-8, 13; Lueke 2-5, 3-5, 9; Wilkins 5-9, 6-8, 18; M. Herrington 2-4, 0-1, 5; Cutter 0-1, 1-2, 1; Lankford 0-0, 2-2, 2; Fiorella 0-1, 0-0, 0; Rellihan 1-3, 0-2, 2; Bullington 1-1, 0-0, 2; Le 0-0, 0-1, 0. Totals — 14-31, 19-29, 52. 3-pointers — Lueke 2, Wilkins 2, M. Herrington 1.