MHS girls shake off slow start for easy win

By Steve Sell
January 16, 2015
File-Kendall Shaw

ROSE HILL — In a recent game against Augusta, McPherson High's girls started the night missing their first six shots before making 28 of their final 40 for an easy victory.

On Friday against Rose Hill, the Bullpups missed their first seven, but again rebounded to make 26 of their final 43 to breeze past the Rockets, 60-25.

The victory improved MHS to 7-2 heading into an important girls-only road game against current top Mid America Classic seed Andale on Tuesday.

You may as well toss out the game's first 5 minutes as that's how long it took for the Bullpups to finally score the first points on a basket by Cassidy Wedel. MHS led only 7-2 after a quarter.

But once the Bullpups started to get the ball inside, it turned into a runaway.

"Rose Hill plays a really active 2-3 zone and they do the best they can out of it with their personnel," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We were doing a poor job of telegraphing passes. They got lots of tips and steals."

And the Bullpups weren't turning the Rockets over as Strathman had envisioned going into the game.

"We didn't get near as much out of our pressure," he said. "Like our J press and our 22 and halfcourt trap. We weren't getting very much out of that. We just didn't speed them up as much as I thought we had a chance to. I thought we'd get off to a better start, so that was disappointing."

MHS' Taylor Robertson, coming off by her standards an almost inconceivable 3-of-13 performance against Buhler, missed her first three shots before settling down. She made 8 of her last 13 and finished with 20 points. She made four 3-balls.

"Those points add up pretty quick. I didn't realize she had that many," Strathman said, adding that her teammates were making some nice skip passes as well as some solid back screens to get her open looks.

Two other bright spots were reserves Mandi Cooks and Kamryn Collins, who scored nine and eight points, respectively. Collins did not miss a shot from the field or the line.

Kayna Simoneau was a bright spot for the Rockets as the sophomore guard scored 14 points on a variety of runners.

The MHS JVs won in a virtual walkover, 60-15. Collins scored 13 points and Cooks furnished 11.

In the C-game, three Bullpups hit for double figures in a 44-29 triumph. Kaitlyn Gabel buried four 3-pointers for 12 points, while Bailea Crist and Riley Schrader hit for 10 points apiece.

MHS (60) — Schmidt 1-2, 0-0, 2; Wedel 3-4, 0-0, 6; Yowell 1-4, 0-0, 3; Collins 3-3, 2-2, 8; Hoffman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Bruner 1-3, 0-0, 2; Schieferecke 2-5, 0-0, 4; Ulsaker 1-3, 0-0 2; Robertson 8-15, 0-0, 20; M. Cooks 4-6, 1-1, 9; B. Cooks 2-4, 0-2, 4. Totals — 26-50, 3-5, 60. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Yowell 1.

Rose Hill (25) — Linot 0-1, 0-0, 0; Simoneau 7-17, 0-2, 14; Mundy 2-5, 0-0, 4 McGhee 0-2, 0-0, 0; Collins 0-5, 0-0, 0; Van Driel 0-2, 2-2, 2; McMains 0-2, 1-2, 1; Sissel 1-3, 0-0, 2; Marksbury 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 11-39, 3-6, 25.

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MHS JV (60) — Schmidt 7, Collins 13, Bruner 7, Crist 5, Gabel 2, Ulsaker 6, Williams 2, Schrader 7, Cooks 11.

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MHS C (44) — H. Schmidt 2, M. Schmidt 5, Williams 5, Gabel 12, Crist 10, Schrader 10.


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