McPherson High’s basketball players are only human.
So when they see that both Rose Hill teams are 1-7 going into Friday’s games on the Rockets’ home floor, the tendency is probably not to be as intense as Tuesday against Buhler.
The Bullpups will try to avoid the inevitable letdown as they move closer to tournament play.
The MHS girls tip off at 6 p.m. and have one more game before the Mid America Classic as they have a girls-only game on Tuesday at undefeated Andale.
For the boys, this is the final game before Thursday’s opening-round clash against Hutchinson in the McPherson Invitational.
Coverage Friday on 96.7 KBBE-FM starts at 5:45 p.m.
The Rose Hill girls’ only win came against El Dorado. The Rockets lost 47-40 on Tuesday against Augusta.
MHS is coming off only its second loss of the season, 47-42 to Buhler. After five straight quality and precision performances, the Bullpups struggled from the field to fall to 4-1 in Division III and 6-2 overall.
“We just need a good bounce-back game after Tuesday night,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “We are sure that we will see a lot of zone on Friday, so we will have a couple days to really focus on our zone offense stuff. The big thing is we will need to have a better mindset going in for this road game —better focus and aggressiveness and the rest will fall into place.”
The McPherson boys face a Rocket team that gave Augusta a good game on Tuesday before losing 57-47. Its only win also is against El Dorado.
“They like to play fast,” said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team is 5-0 in D-III and 8-0 overall. “They will shoot a lot of 3-point shots. They have beaten El Dorado and have been playing much better as of late.”
The Bullpups are coming off a choppy 62-44 win over Buhler as they overcame some foul trouble for yet another double-digit success. No team has played MHS within single digits.
The Bullpups want to turn in a sharp effort since next week’s tournament will include games against some of the best teams in the state.