MHS girls complete sweep of Dodge

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Didn't we see this already?

McPherson High's girls and Dodge City practically replayed their game of eight days ago on Friday as the Bullpups shook loose after a close first half for a 58-50 victory.

The halftime score was nearly identical to the first game (24-18 this time compared to 25-18) and MHS again took command with a big third quarter before holding off the Red Demons.

"That first half, I don't even know how we were ahead," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We were not sharp on either end of the floor. So to be up six we were pretty fortunate, I thought. Then a big third quarter kind of gave us the gap again… that was very important with the way they scored in the fourth quarter."

MHS improved to 10-4 with the win and it was due in great part to its dynamic freshman duo of Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks.

The sweet-shooting Robertson again reached the 20-point barrier with 23 while Cooks had her best game of her career with 15, getting terrific position inside to make 7 of 8 shots.

While Robertson's production has become expected, the post play of Cooks made a big difference.

"She has been performing well enough down here on the varsity floor and up in JV and in practice that's she's ready," Strathman said. "We had held her back a little bit for two-thirds of the season… obviously we're going to be putting her in a little earlier and tonight showed why."

Madison Hoffman had one of her best offensive games of the year with 10 points to give the Bullpups three players in double figures.

The Bullpups grabbed control of the game with an 18-9 third-quarter advantage and it's a good thing because Dodge City charged back with 23 fourth-quarter points. A key for the Red Demons was their dominance off the glass with a 34-24 rebounding advantage. Dodge also forced MHS into 17 turnovers, about double what it has been averaging in recent games.

Tia Bradshaw scored 17 to lead the Demons, who are a very young team that will be a handful next year when the teams play in Dodge.

The JVs were a runaway winner, 50-28, as Cooks scored 10 points in a cameo appearance to tie Kamryn Collins for team honors.

The  C-team led 32-13 before finishing off the Red Demons, 48-31. Kaitlyn Gabel scored 12 of her 17 points in the first half, while Riley Schrader had 11 of her 15 before intermission.

The Bullpups go on the road Tuesday to play Great Bend, then return home on Friday to host Rose Hill in an AVCTL Division III matchup.

MHS (58) — Schmidt 1-1, 0-0, 2; Hoffman 2-7, 5-6, 10; Wedel 1-4, 2-4, 4; Collins 0-1, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 0-3, 1-2, 1; Robertson 7-12, 6-7, 23; Ulsaker 0-1, 0-0, 0; Yowell 1-3, 0-0, 3; M. Cooks 7-8, 1-4, 15; B. Cooks 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 19-42, 15-23, 58. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Hoffman 1, Yowell 1.

Dodge City (50) — B. Bradshaw 2-4, 4-7, 8; T. Bradshaw 7-17, 3-3, 18; Maple 2-3, 1-2, 5; Harshberger 3-8, 0-0, 7; Shelor 1-4, 2-2, 4; Nelson 2-4, 2-4, 6; Nichols 1-5, 0-1, 2. Totals — 18-45, 12-19, 50. 3-pointers — T. Bradshaw 1, Harshberger 1.


MHS JV (50) — Schmidt 4, Yowell 7, Collins 10, Heidebrecht 2, Bruner 5, Hein 1, Gabel 5, Ulsaker 6, M. Cooks 10.


MHS C (48)  — Heidebrecht 3, Hein 4, Crist 2, Gabel 17, Schrader 15, M. Schmidt 7.