Augusta could be entering hornet's nest on Friday

By Steve Sell
January 08, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Augusta may wish it was back in AVCTL Division IV after Friday night.

The Oriole teams, who moved up this year to Division III to replace Mulvane, invade the Roundhouse and probably have to be wondering what they’re walking into.

The girls’ game is set for 6 p.m., with the boys to follow. Radio coverage on 96.7 KBBE-FM starts at 5:45 p.m.

The Augusta girls bring a winless 0-5 record to town while the Oriole boys are 2-3. Both teams lost to Winfield, which was swept in decisive fashion here Tuesday.

“I’ve seen them on film, but if we come out and take care of business we should have a good night on Friday night,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said Tuesday after his team improved to 5-1 with its fourth straight win. “They’ve kind of struggled so far.”

That’s an understatement. In their return to the court on Tuesday, the Orioles lost 25-22 to El Dorado. They also failed to score 30 points in losing to Buhler, so offense is definitely a problem.

For the 5-1 Bullpups, they just need to keep doing what they’re doing. While somewhat indifferent offensively against Winfield, the defense was nothing short of brilliant in a 48-19 rout.

The Bullpups also are looking to move to 4-0 in Division III, with a showdown looming on Tuesday at Buhler, which like MHS has only one loss this year and is undefeated in league play.

The Augusta boys are coming off a 57-44 victory over El Dorado to move to 2-3 on the year as Connor Hurst fired in 21 points.

“Connor Hurst was second-team All-State last year,” said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team has been firing on all cylinders during a 6-0 start. “They are well coached. They will run a ton of sets to get their shooters open. They don’t have a lot of size with a 6-2, 6-3 type of front line. It will be fun to play a team that is not familiar with our tendencies and skills.”

The Bullpups are coming off a near-perfect performance in a 96-50 rout of Winfield, a team that handled the Orioles 54-43 before Christmas. In an amazing stat, every single Bullpup who suited up for one of the three games (9th, JV, varsity) on Tuesday broke into the scoring column.

MHS wants to be sharp as it has a huge road game coming up on Tuesday at arch-rival Buhler, which seemingly has gotten better every game.