MHS girls overwhelm Rose Hill

By Steve Sell
January 14, 2014
Scott Cordell-Contributed Photo

This is the week that McPherson High’s girls should make some hay.

The Bullpups, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A Division I, began their two-game stretch against the bottom portion of AVCTL Division III here Tuesday by thumping Rose Hill, 67-29.

MHS reached the .500 mark for the first time this season as it improved to 4-4, but more importantly is 4-0 within the division. 

With last-place El Dorado coming up on the road Friday, a team Rose Hill defeated comfortably, the Bullpups should finally clear the break-even hurdle.

This one was a no-contest from the start as not even first-half foul and turnover troubles could stop the 'Pups as they roared to a 37-14 lead. They tossed it away 14 times, yet had a prolific half because when they did run their offense successfully, they shot it to the tune of 59 percent by making 13 of 22. They took much better care of the basketball in the second half to pile up 30 more points and cut their turnovers in half to finish with 21.

 "Overall, the girls did a good job of sharing the basketball, making the extra pass at times," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "Thirteen assists is an OK number. The worst number for me, and I harped on it over and over tonight, was turnovers. We had eight in the first quarter… that was unacceptable. We were pretty careless at times and we've got to get much, much stronger with the basketball."

Seniors Janae Barnes and Abby Pedersen scored 12 first-half points apiece, then Barnes scored the first eight of the second half before finishing with 22, while grabbing eight rebounds, and coming up with five steals and three blocks. Pedersen finished with 17 points.

MHS closed out 24 of 47 from the field and a solid 15 of 22 from the line.

Kynnedy Myers was much of the Rockets' offense with 13 points. Take her away and they would have been 3 of 29 from the field.

The MHS JVs were a 48-26 winner as Bri Cooks led a balanced offense with nine points. Ten Bullpups in all wound up scoring.

In the C-game, Emma Yowell was electric in the Bullpups’ 56-35 win. She scored 11 points in the second quarter and then in her other quarter, the fourth, she scored 12 for a game-high total of 23, which earned her an elevation to the varsity game. Kamryn Collins, who also was promoted, scored 14 points.

MHS (67) — Schmidt 1-3, 1-2, 3; Wedel 1-2, 0-0, 2; Bate 0-2, 0-0, 0; Willems 2-3, 2-2, 7; Hoffman 2-2, 0-0, 4; Pedersen 6-12, 2-2, 17; Schieferecke 3-3, 1-4, 7; Ulsaker 0-1, 0-0, 0; Barnes 8-16, 6-6, 22; Yowell 0-0, 2-2, 2; Collins 1-1, 0-0, 2; Cooks 0-0, 1-4, 1. Totals — 24-47, 15-22, 67. 3-pointers — Pedersen 3, Willems 1.

Rose Hill (29) — Shields 1-4, 1-1, 3; Myers 5-14, 2-2, 13; Simoneau 1-1, 3-3, 5; Lipscomb 0-7, 0-2, 0; Herman 0-4, 2-2, 2; Simpson 0-3, 0-0, 0; Decker 1-8, 4-6, 6; Collins 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 8-43, 11-15, 29. 3-pointers — Shields 1, Myers 1.

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MHS JV (48) — Schmidt 3, Wedel 1, Howard 4, Hoffman 7, Yowell 3, Schieferecke 7, Ulsaker 6, Allen 2, Collins 6, Cooks 9.

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MHS C (56) — Howard 8, Yowell 23, Bruner 5, Collins 14, Bennett 2, Wankum 4.


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