Balanced Bullpup girls sink Vikings

By Steve Sell
December 12, 2014
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WINFIELD — McPherson High’s girls basketball team is growing up right before our eyes.

The youthful Bullpups went on the road for the first time Friday night and played like a band of seniors as they steamrolled a Winfield team that many had believed could challenge for an AVCTL Division III title, 62-35.

MHS improved to 2-1 with by far its most impressive performance of the year as it came against a team that is supposed to be on its same level.

The Bullpups led from start to finish and there was little that coach Chris Strathman could fault.

What excited him most was the balance. Ally Ulsaker came off the bench to lead the way with 14 points, Taylor Robertson and Emma Yowell scored 10, and Cassidy Wedel and Ashtyn Schieferecke scored nine. All but Wedel are underclassmen.

“You can’t ask for anything better than that,” Strathman said. “It makes it difficult for the other team to know who exactly to guard. We did a great job of sharing the ball.”

MHS led 30-18 at the half and it was still a competitive game, 42-29, after three quarters. But MHS ripped off a 20-6 fourth quarter to totally blow the game apart as it seemed to gain confidence quarter by quarter.

The Bullpups did a good job on Viking star Courtney Griffiths, limiting her to eight points and only seven shots. 

MHS, which was 4 of 14 from the field in the first quarter, was 22 of 35 the rest of the way and it held Winfield to 11 of 37. Its defense started out front, as guards Madison Hoffman, Paige Schmidt and Emma Yowell were all pesky and Robertson got her hands on many passes for deflections.

MHS has no bargain on Tuesday when Abilene comes to town.

The JV score is not available and no C-team game was played.

MHS (62) — Schmidt 1-4, 0-0, 2; Wedel 4-7, 1-4, 9; Yowell 4-10, 0-0, 10; Hoffman 1-2, 2-2, 4; Bruner 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 4-5, 1-2, 9; Ulsaker 6-8, 2-3, 14; Robertson 4-8, 0-0, 10; M. Cooks 2-4, 0-1, 4. Totals — 26-49, 6-12, 62. 3-pointers — Yowell 2, Robertson 2.

Winfield (35) — Salsman 0-0, 1-2, 1; Griffiths 3-7, 2-2, 8; Pollock 0-5, 0-0, 0; Hammer 2-5, 2-2, 8; Bertholf 1-7, 0-0, 3; Seahorn 0-1, 0-1, 0; Groene 0-2, 0-0, 0; Price 2-2, 2-2, 7; Meier 0-1, 0-2, 0; Henning 1-1, 1-4, 3; Wingett 2-6, 1-1, 5. Totals — 11-37, 9-16, 35. 3-pointers — Hammer 2, Bertholf 1, Price 1.


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