MHS girls hand Abilene first loss

By Steve Sell
December 17, 2014
Kendall Shaw

At the start of the year, the big question surrounding McPherson High's girls was who would put the ball in the basket.

MHS coach Chris Strathman graduated the majority of his firepower from last year's state-qualifying team, with less than 15 points a game returning.

But it's apparent the Bullpups have some scorers. Lots of them.

MHS once again displayed good balance in a 68-54 victory here Tuesday over previously undefeated Abilene, which had won all three of its games by double digits.

The Bullpups came out firing, rolling up 18 points in the first quarter, then piled on 23 more in the second for a 41-28 halftime lead and it never got under double digits the rest of the way.

"The girls really did a good job of whatever offense we were in," Strathman said. "The girls did an excellent job of making the extra pass. Shooting 58 percent from the floor for the game is very, very good for us."

The Bullpups were 27 of 47 and had 19 assists, with Madison Hoffman dealing out seven and Paige Schmidt four.

Freshman Taylor Robertson came up with a career-high 19 points, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range as she shot the Cowgirls out of their zone. Cassidy Wedel time and again powered her way to the basket for 14 points and Emma Yowell rained a couple of 3-pointers on her way to 10 points. Ashtyn Schieferecke took care of the dirty work inside with nine rebounds to go along with eight points.

The Cowgirls, who are senior-less, received much of their scoring from Cara Donley and McKenzie Funston with 21 points apiece. MHS did a good job on slowing down Belle Barbieri as she scored nine points as she battled foul trouble as well some helping MHS defense as she was swarmed every time she touched the ball.

The MHS JVs came away with a 54-47 triumph as Mandi Cooks funneled in 17 points, Ally Ulsaker scored 13 and Schmidt added 12. In Friday's JV game that had been unavailable, the Bullpups won 43-40 over Winfield as Cooks scored 21 and Jordan Bruner tallied 10.

The ninth-grade girls outscored Abilene 12-5 in the fourth quarter to rally for a 33-29 success. Kaitlyn Gabel’s 12 points topped the Bullpups.

The 3-1 Bullpups now head to Kansas City to take on Lee's Summit North at 4 p.m. Friday as part of the Hy-Vee Classic.

MHS (68) — Schmidt 1-4, 1-2, 3; Wedel 7-10, 0-0, 14; Yowell 4-9, 0-0 10; Collins 1-2, 1-1, 3; Hoffman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 4-6, 0-1, 8; Ulsaker 1-2, 1-2, 3; Robertson 6-10, 3-4, 19; M. Cooks 2-2, 2-2, 6; B. Cooks 1-1, 0-0, 2. Totals — 27-47, 8-12, 68. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Yowell 2.

Abilene (54) — Clark 0-2, 0-0, 0; Donley 6-15, 9-10, 21; Barbieri 4-5, 1-2, 9; Funston 9-22, 1-3, 21; Hayes 0-3, 3-6, 3. Hess 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 19-48, 14-21, 54. 3-pointers — Funston 2.

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MHS JV (54) — Schmidt 12, Collins 4, Bruner 5, Crist 3, Ulsaker 13, Cooks 17.

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MHS 9th (33) — Crist 9, Gabel 12, Williams 7, M. Schmidt 5.

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MHS JV vs. Winfield (43) — Schmidt 4, Bruner 10, Crist 2, Gabel 3, Ulsaker 3, Cooks 21.


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