Key road game for MHS girls Tuesday

By Steve Sell
February 17, 2014
Kendall Shaw

The McPherson High girls face their most important week of the basketball season in terms of the AVCTL Division III race.

The Bullpups enter Tuesday 7-0 in D-III, but Mulvane represents the first of three straight road games to close out the season, two of them this week.

Game time is 6 p.m, with 96.7 KBBE FM coverage beginning at 5:45.

Mulvane was picked by many — including this editor — as the team to beat in the division before the season because it returned so much experience. But stunningly, the Wildcats are just 2-4 in D-III, though they’re 9-1 outside of the league and considered dangerous.

“Mulvane is a very hot-and-cold team,” said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose Bullpups are 12-5 overall, but have won 10 of their last 11. “They had won six in a row before being upset by Rose Hill on Friday night.  They have a few girls that can really shoot the ball, very good mid-range shooters which is kind of a lost art.”

The Wildcats are led by Destynee Donaldson, one of the top shooters in D-III. And going on the road is never easy, though MHS is coming off its best road game of the season, a 21-point rout of highly regarded Andale.

After Tuesday’s game, the Bullpups travel Friday to Buhler, a game that has more ramifications than you can count, among them being for D-III supremacy, not to mention for sub-state seeding purposes.

For the MHS boys, Tuesday figures to be one step closer to the D-III championship as they are 7-0 in the league and 15-1 overall. Mulvane, in a rebuilding year, is just 1-5 in the league and 5-11 overall, but MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said that’s deceiving.

“They have lost five games by two points or less,” Kinnamon said. “It’s a trap game if we are looking ahead to Buhler.”

The Wildcats do feature one of the better 1-2 combos in the league as Collin Dempsey and Guner Lampe both average 15 points a game.

“They like to play a very uptempo style and are interested in sprinting to the offensive end of the floor,” Kinnamon said.

That should be good news to the Bullpups, who last week were involved in a couple of grind-it-out games against Andale and El Dorado. MHS’ defense was amazing, giving up less than 36 points on both games.