MHS girls eye Buhler after rout of Augusta

By Steve Sell
January 09, 2015
Max Pyle

Bring on Buhler.

McPherson High's girls tuned up for Tuesday's showdown with the arch-rival Crusaders by brushing aside winless Augusta 66-35 Friday at the Roundhouse.

The Bullpups will take a 4-0 AVCTL Division III record into the huge showdown at Buhler, which is still smarting from the three losses MHS inflicted on it last year. The Crusaders, thought by many to be the team to beat in Division III this year because they have so many returning players, also are undefeated in league play and like MHS has just one loss overall, that coming to Hesston.

The 6-1 Bullpups played down to the level of their competition early on, but unflappable freshman Taylor Robertson, just as she did Tuesday, went on a personal run to blow the game open. She had seven points in a 27-second stretch to spark a 15-3 run for a 20-8 lead after a quarter.

"We had a hard time getting anything to go early," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team missed its first six shots before scorching the nets the rest of the way. "We had a couple of good looks, but they just weren't falling and we missed a layup as well. Those things happen. But once we were able to make some baskets, we were able to get in our press and kept it on them for a while."

It was 38-13 by half and Strathman basically mixed and matched in the second half without much of a falloff.

The Bullpups' offensive execution was again terrific, as they had 21 assists on 28 made baskets, leading to a 61-percent shooting night. After their six-pack of misfires to start the game, they were 28 of 40. 

Robertson finished with 19 points, making 8 of 10 shots and one of her misses was a length-of-the-court heave at the end of the first half. Ten Bullpups in all wound up scoring.

Cassidy Wedel dished out six assists and Madison Hoffman had four. Wedel also came up with three steals along with Ashtyn Schieferecke, who had five rebounds as well.

The Bullpup JVs were a 60-47 winner behind a huge game from Mandi Cooks, who poured in 23 points. Paige Schmidt added 11.

The ninth-graders suffered a 46-38 setback. The Bullpups were led by Riley Schrader with 13 points and Kaitlyn Gabel added 11.

MHS (66) — Schmidt 1-3, 2-4, 5; Wedel 2-4, 0-0, 5; Yowell 2-6, 0-0, 4; Collins 1-1, 0-0, 2 Hoffman 2-2, 1-2, 7; Schieferecke 4-6, 0-0, 8; Ulsaker 4-7, 0-0, 8; Robertson 8-10, 0-0, 19; M. Cooks 2-4, 0-0, 4; B. Cooks 2-3, 0-0, 4. Totals — 28-46, 3-6, 66. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Hoffman 2, Wedel 1, Schmidt 1.

Augusta (35) — Johnston 1-1, 0-0, 2; Kirk 0-4, 2-4, 2; Westbrooks 3-8, 2-4, 8; Zerr 0-0, 1-2, 1; Sears 2-5, 3-4, 7; Becker 0-1, 0-0, 0; S. Dalziel 1-1, 2-4, 4; C. Dalziel 1-3, 0-0, 2; Eberhardt 4-5, 1-2, 9. Totals — 12-28, 11-20, 35. 3-pointers — None.

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MHS JV (60) — Schmidt 11, Collins 4, Bruner 3, Crist 2, Gabel 5, Ulsaker 9, Williams 1, Schrader 2, Cooks 23.

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MHS 9th (38) — Crist 9, Gabel 11, Williams 2, Schrader 13, M. Schmidt 3.


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