MHS girls clinch D-III title

By Steve Sell
February 21, 2014
File-Kendall Shaw

BUHLER — Winner and still champions.

The McPherson High girls repeated as the champions of Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division III Friday night by defensively strafing their closest challenger, Buhler, 47-32.

MHS is 9-0 in D-III, one victory away from a second straight 10-0 run through the division. It also clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming sub-state in a couple of weeks at the Roundhouse with a 14-5 overall record.

MHS held Buhler to just 11 of 35 from the field, and star Crusader guard Jessica Steffen was frustrated by Brooke Bate and Madison Hoffman into another tepid offensive performance, scoring just seven points and not notching her first field goal until 1:06 left in the game.

"We really had Steffen frustrated from the get-go tonight," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "Brooke Bate and Madison Hoffman did a great job on her again. I know she had nine (points) in the first game and seven tonight. To hold her under double figures in those two games so far is a testament to the effort they put forth."

MHS came out on fire, jumping out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead. Despite making just three field goals over the next two quarters, the Bullpups still were up 31-21 going into the final period. They canned 14 of 22 free throws in the final eight minutes and were 22 of 31 for the game.

The Bullpups were able to get by without their usual big offensive output by Abby Pedersen, who was battling the flu. She scored just four points, all on free throws, but gutted it out.

Picking up the slack were Hannah Willems and Ashtyn Schieferecke, who scored 18 and 16 points, respectively. Schieferecke, who was 6 of 6 at the foul line at Mulvane on Tuesday, finished 8 of 10, while Willems missed her first three, but then made six in a row down the stretch to salt the game away to go along with her four 3-pointers.

Alex Keller led Buhler with 11 points, as she has been the top Crusader scorer in both meetings against MHS.

The MHS JVs were a 49-11 winner behind 14 points by Paige Schmidt and 12 from Bri Cooks. The freshmen rolled 47-17 with Kamryn Collins leading the way with 12 and Emma Yowell tallied 11.

MHS will try to complete a 15-5 regular season Tuesday when it plays at Rose Hill, the third of three straight road games.

MHS (47) — Wedel 1-1, 0-0, 3; Bate 0-1, 0-0, 0; Willems 4-11, 6-9, 18; Pedersen 0-2, 4-6, 4; Schieferecke 4-13, 8-10, 16; Barnes 1-8, 4-6, 6. Totals — 10-36, 22-31, 47. 3-pointers — Willems 4, Wedel 1.

Buhler (32) — Steffen 1-3, 5-7, 7; Dick 2-3, 0-0, 4; Domsch 0-1, 0-0, 0; Keller 5-14, 0-0, 11; Balding 1-3, 0-0, 2, Rohr 0-2, 0-1, 0; Burns 0-0, 0-1, 0; Torgerson 2-9, 3-4, 8. Totals — 11-35, 8-13, 32. 3-pointers — Keller 1, Torgerson 1.

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MHS JV (49) — Schmidt 14, Wedel 6, Hoffman 2, Heidebrecht 1, Ulsaker 2, Yowell 6, Collins 6, Cooks 12.

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MHS 9th (47) — Howard 6, Yowell 11, Bruner 6, Collins 12, Ellet 2, Dossett 2, Bennett 8.


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