Free throws key MHS girls past Rockets

By Steve Sell
February 26, 2014
File Photo-Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — The only question Tuesday was: how many free throws in a row would McPherson High’s Abby Pedersen have made had the Bullpups not run out of ballgame?

After a first half where she didn’t get to the foul line and scored only two points, Pedersen was 15 of 15 in the second half and finished with 21 points to lead MHS to a regular-season-ending 51-34 victory over Rose Hill.

The Bullpups completed AVCTL Division III play 10-0 for the second year in a row and will take a 15-5 record into their sub-state opener a week from Thursday against Ulysses at 7:30 p.m. at the Roundhouse.

Pedersen’s perfect effort keyed a 27-of-33 performance from the stripe for the Bullpups, who were just 11 of 37 from the field.

“It was really good,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said of his team’s foul shooting. “For some reason I thought Abby had missed one in there... that’s an outstanding performance. I don’t know if we have ever had a girl go 15 for 15 before.”

The Bullpups led only 21-16 at the half and needed a 10-2 rush at the end of the third quarter to push it out to 31-23. MHS then lived at the foul line in the final quarter, including Pedersen who was 9 of 9. As a team, the Bullpups made 16 of 19 in the final period.

Janae Barnes was the only other Bullpup in double figures with 10 points, all coming in the first half as she kept her team afloat.

“Rose Hill was much improved. They were very active in their zone,” Strathman said. “We hit a couple of early 3s, back-to-back, then kind of went cold from the outside. They did some nice things to frustrate us.”

It wouldn’t have been close if not for the Rockets’ Autumn Lipscomb. After being held scoreless in the first meeting between the teams, she came out on fire with Rose Hill’s first 13 points and finished with 21.

The MHS JVs finished a splendid 16-1 season with a 34-17 doubling, led by Paige Schmidt with 10 points. The freshmen, who had entered the day 16-1, lost for only the second time, 49-39, despite 16 points by Emma Yowell and 13 by Kamryn Collins.

MHS (51) — Schmidt 0-0, 3-4, 3; Bate 0-3, 0-0, 0; Willems 1-5, 2-4, 5; Hoffman 0-1, 2-4, 2; Pedersen 3-10, 15-15, 21; Schieferecke 3-6, 2-2, 8; Ulsaker 1-1, 0-0, 2; Barnes 3-11, 3-4, 10. Totals — 11-37, 27-33, 51. 3-pointers — Willems 1, Barnes 1.

Rose Hill (34) — Shields 0-2, 0-0, 0; Myers 0-4, 0-2, 0; Lipscomb 7-10, 4-5, 21; Herman 2-5, 2-4, 6; Simpson 1-2, 0-0, 3; Van Driel 1-1, 0-0, 2; Decker 1-6, 0-0, 2. Totals — 12-30, 6-11, 34. 3-pointers — Lipscomb 3, Simpson 1.

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MHS JV (34) — Wankum 1, Schmidt 10, Wedel 6, Hoffman 4, Ulsaker 4, Yowell 6, Cooks 3.

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MHS 9th (39) — Howard 5, Yowell 16, Bruner 3, Collins 13, Ellet 2.


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