The defense never rests for MHS girls

By Steve Sell
January 06, 2015
Kendall Shaw

The offense can come and go, but when the defense is a constant, more often than not the result is a victory.

The McPherson High girls' offense may have been sporadic here Tuesday, but they more than made up for it with a sensational defensive effort in a 48-19 thrashing of Winfield to sweep the season series.

The Bullpups' constant doubling of the basketball strafed the Vikings' offense, holding them to just 6 of 36 from the field — and 1 of 19 from 3-point, which is a staple of their attack.

"Defensively I thought we were OK tonight," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "(Cassidy) Wedel and I were talking at the JV game that we won by two more points than we did down there, but we both felt like we played way better at Winfield than we did tonight."

Freshman Taylor Robertson rifled in three straight 3-pointers to key a 12-0 Bullpup start and that basically took the suspense out of the game, especially with the aggressive defense they played.

"It's a good thing we came out and hit shots early," said Strathman, whose team led 27-5 at halftime. "We were trying to figure out what defense they were playing and maybe they were, too. They definitely lost Taylor a few times and she knocked them down."

Robertson finished with 13 points, while fellow freshman Mandi Cooks came off the bench to add 12 points and six rebounds. MHS had a 36-32 rebounding advantage, with hard-working Ashtyn Schieferecke coming up with eight, one more than the hustling Robertson. The Bullpups turned it over only 14 times while forcing the Vikings into 25 mechanical errors.

The MHS JVs fought off a spirited challenge by the Vikings for a 47-43 victory. Cooks followed up her excellent varsity performance with 14 more points in the game, while Ally Ulsaker added 10.

The ninth-grade girls had only six available players due to injury and illness, but still secured a 38-29 victory. Kaitlyn Gabel (13), Bailea Crist (12) and Madison Schmidt (11) all hit for double figures.

The Bullpups improved their record to 5-1 with their fourth straight victory. They are now 3-0 in AVCTL. Augusta comes to town on Friday.

MHS (48) — Schmidt 1-7, 0-0, 2; Wedel 1-4, 1-5, 3; Yowell 1-4, 0-0, 3; Hoffman 3-5, 1-2, 7; Schieferecke 3-8, 2-2, 8; Ulsaker 0-2, 0-0, 0; Robertson 5-9, 0-0, 13; M. Cooks 6-8, 0-0, 12; B. Cooks 0-2, 0-4, 0. Totals — 20-49, 4-13, 48. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Yowell 1.

Winfield (19) — Salsman 0-0, 1-2, 1; Griffiths 1-2, 4-4, 6; Pollock 1-3, 0-1, 2; Hammer 0-4, 0-0, 0; Bertholf 1-8, 0-0, 3; Seahorn 0-2, 0-0, 0; Groene 1-3, 0-0, 2; Price 0-2, 0-0, 0; Henning 2-7, 0-1, 4; Wingett 0-5, 1-2, 1. Totals — 6-36, 6-10, 19. 3-pointers — Berholf 1.

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MHS JV (47) — Schmidt 5, Yowell 9, Bruner 6, Ulsaker 10, Gabel 3, Cooks 14.

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MHS 9th (38) — Crist 12, Gabel 13, Williams 2, M. Schmidt 11.


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