MHS girls pile up 23 assists in season-opening win

By Steve Sell
December 05, 2014
Kendall Shaw

Chris Strathman wasn't sure how his McPherson High girls would react when their only returning starter, Ashtyn Schieferecke, was ruled out of Friday's season opener here against El Dorado because of a back problem.

Thus it would be an inexperienced team that Strathman would send out and quite honestly there were a lot of unknowns.

But those unknowns are known now.

The Bullpups played like a group of seasoned seniors, as their incredible ball movement led to an astounding 23 assists in a 72-33 win over the much-improved Wildcats, coached by former McPherson High standout Jordan Crawford.

"It was really good. Especially the second half I thought we shared the ball real well," Strathman said, adding that El Dorado was much more competitive over last year and caused his team some problems during the first half. "We did a better job of getting inside touches, some inside-out play. Whether they were man or zone, we did a good job of attacking and getting the shots we wanted."

Freshman Taylor Robertson proved to be as good as advertised in her Bullpup debut, scoring 13 of her team-high 15 points in the first half as MHS took a 29-18 lead. 

"She was ready to go," Strathman said. "If she's open she's going to shoot it and most of the time she's going to knock it down. The girls did a good job of finding her, too."

The second half was a clinic, as MHS made the extra pass time and again, leading to an 18-of-28 shooting performance and 43-point outburst in the final 16 minutes.

Emma Yowell added 12 points and Bri Cooks hit all five of her shots for 10. With her sister Mandi going 4 for 5, the Cooks girls were 9 of 10.

Madison Hoffman led the floor game with six assists and three steals.

Sidney Howland scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats.

The MHS JVs cruised to a 53-12 rout. Mandi Cooks' 17 points were tops, while Kamryn Collins scored 12 and Jordan Bruner furnished 10.

The Bullpup freshmen doubled the Wildcats, 46-23. Kaitlyn Gabel topped the scoring with 13 points and Bailea Crist added 10.

The Bullpups are home again on Tuesday to take on Andover.

MHS (72) — Schmidt 1-4, 0-0, 2; Wedel 4-8, 0-0, 9; Yowell 4-9, 2-2, 12; Collins 3-4, 1-1, 7; Hoffman 2-3, 0-0, 4; Ulsaker 1-2, 3-4, 5; Robertson 6-11, 0-0, 15; M. Cooks 4-5, 0-0, 8; B. Cooks 5-5, 0-0, 10. Totals — 30-51, 6-8, 72. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Yowell 2, Wedel 1.

El Dorado (33) — Phillips 0-0, 0-2, 0; Smith 2-5, 3-5, 7; Olson 2-4, 0-2, 5; Howland 5-6, 1-1, 11; Reinhardt 0-3, 0-0, 0; Owens 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ruff 3-10, 1-2, 8. Totals — 13-29, 5-12, 33. 3-pointers — Olson 1, Ruff 1.

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MHS JV (53) — Schmidt 4, Collins 12, Heidebrecht 2, Bruner 10, Gabel 4, Williams 4, Cooks 17.

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MHS 9th (46) — Heidebrecht 4, Hein 7, Crist 10, Gabel 13, Williams 5, H. Schmidt 2, M. Schmidt, 5.


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