Front Row (left to right): Raegan Harger, Natalie Hedlund, Nicole Winsky, N'Dya Collins, Lakyn Schieferecke, Jessica Kelling, Maria Cecenas and Rachel Carlson
Middle Row: Shianne Newboles, Skyler Einfeldt, Cali Dykes, Josie Strathman, Stacey Pham, Andrea Sweat, Peyton Johnson and Anna Nason
Third Row: Kaliah Tice, Avery Howard (manager), Taylor Bruce (manager), Sandra White (manager) and Cassie Cooks.
GREAT BEND — McPherson’s seventh-grade A-girls put the finishing touches on a great season Tuesday by rolling past Great Bend, 42-11.
That gave MMS a 15-1 record, the only loss coming when they were missing two of their top starters at Hays due to illness.
Stacey Pham’s 10 points led a balanced attack. Lakyn Schieferecke and Andrea Sweat added nine apiece.
“It was such a joy to coach this team this season and tonight was no exception,” McPherson coach Jacque Gehrt said. “The girls came out ready to play defense and more or less had their way with Great Bend. Tough defense led to some easy baskets and the girls also did a good job of sharing the ball. The starters (Schieferecke, Sweat, Cassie Cooks, Anna Nason and Peyton Johnson) all scored tonight, and Stacey Pham came off the bench to play her best game of the season. Other A-team contributors were Josie Strathman and Raegan Harger. The entire team should be proud of all they accomplished this year. The future is so bright for these girls and it will be fun to watch them improve and play together over the next few years.”
The B-team closed with an 11-5 record after an 18-15 escape. Strathman scored seven points to lead the Bullpups.
“Both teams came tonight determined to leave with the win,” MMS coach Jennifer Love said. “The battle was well fought by all, but our girls will end this season with an additional win due to their teamwork that stood out in the second half.”
Love lauded the team for its season.
“All of the girls should be proud of their individual improvements they made throughout the season,” she said. “The success of their winning season would not have been possible without their dedication and ability to be coachable. I look forward to watching them next year as they continue to grow as eighth-graders.”
MMS A (42) — Pham 10, Schieferecke 9, Sweat 9, Johnson 6, Cooks 4, Nason 2, Strathman 2.
MMS B (18) — Strathman 7, Tice 4, Newboles 3, Collins 2, Harger 2.