Hutch girls crawl past Bullpups, 30-28

By Steve Sell
January 09, 2014
Kendall Shaw

There were two ways you could have summarized the first half of the McPherson High-Hutchinson girls basketball game here Thursday night.

It was either terrific defense or really bad offense by both teams.

Hutchinson scored a late basket to head into the locker room with a 10-8 lead and that’s not a misprint. The teams combined to shoot 7 of 35 from the field and 2 of 9 at the line.

Something had to give in the second half.

It didn't.

The teams continued to slog along offensively and Hutchinson proved to be the best of the worst as it came away with a 30-28 victory, taking some of the glow off MHS' victory over Buhler two nights earlier.

"We had just a horrendous night shooting the basketball, especially in the first half," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We finally got some things going in the second half, but it was just too little, too late."

MHS led 7-4 after a quarter, but was held without a field goal in the second period to trail 10-8. Hutch took a one-point lead, 18-17, into the fourth quarter and had the game's only flurry midway through when it converted three straight Bullpup turnovers into baskets for a 27-21 lead and fended off MHS the rest of the way. MHS' Janae Barnes and Abby Pedersen both had looks in the closing seconds to tie the game, but they wouldn't go, with 6-4 McKinna Kraus blocking Pedersen's attempt with 3 seconds to go.

MHS had only 12 turnovers, but they seemed to come at inopportune times.

"They were magnified turnovers," Strathman said. "It seemed like we had 20. Our turnovers were bad turnovers."

Hannah Willems made three second-half treys and finished with nine points and Barnes also had nine, along with eight rebounds. Jenna Higgins led Hutchinson with 10 points. The Salthawks, like MHS, committed just 12 turnovers.

The Bullpups have little time to dwell on the loss as they play Friday at Winfield.

The MHS JVs certainly had no trouble scoring points, rolling to a 71-42 victory. Paige Schmidt and Ashtyn Schieferecke scored 15 points apiece and Emma Yowell tallied 14.

In the C-game, the Bullpups came away with a 53-37 victory behind 14 points by Kamryn Collins and nine apiece by Yowell and Morgan Howard.

MHS (28) — Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; Bate 0-1, 0-0, 0; Willems 3-6, 0-2, 9; Hoffman 0-1, 1-2, 1; Pedersen 2-14, 0-0, 5; Schieferecke 0-1, 0-0, 0; Ulsaker 1-3, 0-0, 2; Barnes 3-9, 3-5, 9; Cooks 0-0, 0-0, 0. Totals — 10-37, 4-9, 28. 3-pointers — Willems 3, Pedersen 1.

Hutchinson (30) — Scales 0-1, 0-0, 0; Higgins 4-11, 0-0, 10; DeGarmo 2-5, 0-2, 4; Downing 2-5, 0-2, 4; Wessel 1-4, 2-4, 4; Riggs 0-1, 0-0, 0; Atkinson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kraus 3-4, 2-2, 8; Calvillo 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 12-34, 4-10, 30. 3-pointers — Higgins 2.

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MHS JV (71) — Schmidt 15, Wedel 7, Howard 4, Hoffman 7, Bruner 1, Schieferecke 15, Collins 4, Yowell 14, Cooks 4.

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MHS C (53) — Howard 9, Heidebrecht 2, Yowell 9, Collins 14, Dossett 4, Bennett 8, Wankum 2, Bruner 5.


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