Pyle, Nutter spark MHS past El Do

By Steve Sell
January 17, 2014

EL DORADO — Before the season, McPherson High coach Kurt Kinnamon knew what he had in returning starters Ryan Horton, Peter Horton and Kyler Kinnamon.

It was the other two starting spots he wasn't certain about.

He is now.

Drew Pyle and Nathan Nutter continued their rapid-fire improvement Friday night by combining for 36 points in the Bullpups' 76-41 beatdown of El Dorado.

MHS improved to 8-0 on the year and closed the first time through Division III of the AVCTL without being challenged in all five games.

Pyle, just a sophomore, hit 6 of 6 first-quarter shots to score 13 points and the junior Nutter added eight, as the Bullpups blindsided the Wildcats with a 29-8 smoker of a quarter. The shellshocked Wildcats never recovered, down 46-20 at the half and 63-28 after three quarters.

Kinnamon continues to be amazed with the consistency of his team, which has yet to have a clunker and is playing as well together as any team he's ever had.

"Somewhere along the line I keep waiting for the hammer to drop of us not being ready to go from the start," said Kinnamon, whose team has blitzed five straight opponents in the first quarter to basically decide the outcomes. "Really, as I look back, boy, I don't know what they're doing in their warmup, but they have themselves ready to play and they're focused and I really like that."

Pyle was 9 of 12 and had four treys to finish with 22 points, while Nutter canned 7 of 8 shots to add 14. Ryan Horton scored 11 and Kyler Kinnamon just missed double figures with nine, though he put the lockdown on El Dorado star Travis House, who scored eight points, but five of those came from the foul line as Kinnamon lived inside his jersey. House finished just 1 of 9 from the field.

MHS closed 32 of 55 from the field and only made it to the line five times, making four.

El Dorado's Jared Haury, a versatile big man, was a handful for MHS with 18 points, even stepping outside to show great touch at 6-5 by making three 3s. He was the only Wildcat, however, to make more than one field goal as El Dorado was just 11 of 39 for the game.

MHS won the JV game 64-42 behind 17 points by Spenser Wine and 12 more by Avery Gabel.

The freshmen were a 59-50 winner behind 25 points by Brock Malm, who had six 3s, and 15 more by Caleb Spaich.

MHS begins McPherson Invitational play at 8:15 p.m. Thursday against Wichita North.

MHS (76) — McDaniel 2-2, 0-0, 5; Pyle 9-12, 0-0, 22; Barrett 0-0, 1-2, 1; Kinnamon 4-11, 0-0, 9; R. Horton 5-9, 0-0, 11; P. Horton 3-8, 0-0, 7; Wine 1-2, 1-1, 3; Nutter 7-8, 0-0, 14; Gabel 1-3, 2-2, 4. Totals — 32-55, 4-5, 76. 3-pointers — Pyle 4, Kinnamon 1, McDaniel 1, P. Horton 1, R. Horton 1.

El Dorado (41) — LaForge 0-0, 1-4, 1; Haines 1-5, 2-4, 4; McAdoo 1-2, 0-0, 2; House 1-9, 5-6, 8; Howland 0-1, 0-0, 0; Hildreth 1-7, 4-4, 6; Haury 6-10, 3-5, 18; Johnson 1-5, 0-0, 2. Totals — 11-39, 15-23, 41. 3-pointers — Haury 3, House 1.

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MHS JV (64) — McDaniel 8, Reed 8, Smith 6, Loecker 7, Malm 4, Wine 17, Gabel 12, Spaich 2.

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MHS 9th (59)  — Kirchner 1, Leaf 5, Malm 25, Hoover 8, Arbuckle 1, Gerbrandt 4, Spaich 15.

• Due to Steve Sell’s illness, the JV and ninth-grade games at Winfield last week were not reported. The JVs lost 50-47 despite 19 points by Gabel and 10 by Kyle Smith. The freshmen were a 53-36 winner as Chris Kirchner scored 14 and Clayton Gerbrandt tallied 10.

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MHS JV (47) — Reed 8, Smith 10, Wine 6, Gabel 19, Spaich 4.

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MHS 9th (53) — Reifschneider 5, Kirchner 14, Malm 9, Hoover 7, Gerbrandt 10, Spaich 8.


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