Big second quarter sparks MHS boys

By Steve Sell
February 06, 2015
Kendall Shaw

Sometimes it just happens in a blink of an eye.

Dodge City was hanging right with the No. 1-ranked McPherson High boys early in the second quarter here Friday when the Bullpups shifted into overdrive.

The result was a dizzying 23-8 run that propelled the Bullpups to their 14th straight win, 66-52.

MHS relied on nine first-quarter points by Payton Stephens and then 10 by Drew Pyle in the second quarter to open up a 36-17 lead, even though it seemed the Red Demons played quite well, except for 13 mechanical errors that the Bullpups turned into 19 points.

Dodge actually outscored MHS in the second half, including 20 points in the fourth quarter, but could never recover from the second-quarter haymaker.

"It's good for us to play against a team that all they're going to do is play zone," said MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon, whose team went up against a 2-3 or 3-2 look all night, never a man-to-man. "And when they're down 25 points they're going to sit in a zone. We could have probably gotten people home earlier if we had just pulled the ball out and held it there until they guarded us man-to-man. It's good to play against a live, active zone. We did a good job with a lot of interior passing."

The Bullpups, in fact, had 25 baskets on 19 assists as they were very patient, with many of the possessions resulting in a layup.

The explosive Stephens, who scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, finished with 23. Pyle, who time and again went to his off hand to get off a shot, scored 14. Kyler Kinnamon, battling illness, revved it up after a slow first quarter and had a dominant floor game with eight assists and six steals.

Feisty Dayton McGroarty sliced and diced his way to 18 points, making 7 of 9 floor shots to lead Dodge City.

The Bullpup junior varsity crushed the Red Demons, 61-24. Mason Alexander led the way with 16 points, while Marcus McDaniel scored 13 and Jacob Loecker added 10.

MHS’ ninth-graders also were all over Dodge City, romping to a 59-19 rout. Nine Bullpups scored, including 14 points by Drew Labertew, 13 by Thomas Diggs and 11 by Wyatt Seidl.

The Bullpups begin the final three-week stretch of the season with a road game on Tuesday against Great Bend, then host Rose Hill for homecoming on Friday.

MHS (66) — Loecker 2-3, 0-0, 4; D. Pyle 6-10, 1-2, 14; B. Pyle 2-4, 0-0, 5; Kinnamon 4-8, 0-0, 8; Stephens 7-10, 9-11, 23; M. Alexander 0-1, 0-0, 0; Wine 1-1, 3-3, 5; Nutter 2-6, 1-3, 5; Gabel 1-4, 0-0, 2. Totals — 25-47, 14-19, 66. 3-pointers — D. Pyle 1, B. Pyle 1.

Dodge (52) — Terriquez 1-3, 0-0, 2; Koehn 0-0, 1-2, 1; McGroarty 7-9, 4-6, 18; Reid 2-6, 1-1, 5; Nelson 0-2, 5-6, 5; Hatfield 1-1, 0-0, 2; Oldham 3-9, 2-2, 10; Walter 0-1, 3-4, 3; Karns 1-2, 0-0, 2; Williams 1-2, 2-2, 4; Schoenwengerdt 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 16-36, 18-23, 52. 3-pointers — Oldham 2.

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MHS JV (61) — Lackey 2, McDaniel 13, Smith 2, Loecker 10, B. Pyle 2, Malm 5, Alexander 16, Spaich 4, Gerbrandt 7.

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MHS 9th (59) — Nikkel 4, Labertew 14, Myers 3, Williams 2, Armstrong 7, J. Alexander 3, Diggs 13, Milleson 2, Seidl 11.


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