MHS girls shake off slow start for easy victory

By Steve Sell
February 10, 2015
File-Kendall Shaw

GREAT BEND — It's becoming a familiar pattern.

McPherson High's girls start slow, have a big end to the first half and then explode in the third quarter.

That was again the recipe for success Tuesday night as the Bullpups went on the road to deal Great Bend a 60-39 setback to move to 11-4 on the year. Every game counts now as MHS continues to chase Buhler for the top seed of the Hays sub-state.

"We've been talking about getting going faster (to start the game)," MHS assistant coach Mike Reith said, as he handled the postgame remarks for head coach Chris Strathman. "For whatever reason it's just not happening. But give credit to Great Bend. I thought they had a really good game plan and they got after us… they were aggressive and their fullcourt (pressure) bothered us some. It took us a little bit to adjust."

The Bullpups were especially sluggish at the start, sitting on just two points for the first 6 minutes. After being down 10-7 after a quarter, they caught fire in the second period to lead by as many as nine before settling for a 25-19 halftime lead.

MHS then doubled up the Panthers 18-9 in the third quarter and what was a nervous game early turned into a rout.

MHS freshman Taylor Robertson, who at one time was 3 of 10 from the field, made her last four shots to finish 7 of 14 and scored 19 points. Ashtyn Schieferecke, for one of the few times not giving away three or four inches to her opponent, had her way inside to add 14. Ten of the 11 Bullpups who suited scored.

"Ashtyn is at her best when she's aggressive, she crashes the boards and is able to play in some space offensively," Reith said. "She did a nice job with that."

Kamryn Collins’ old-fashioned 3-point play with 0.7 seconds left gave the undefeated MHS JVs an exciting 48-45 victory. Collins made an athletic drive and scored just before the clock ran out. Ally Ulsaker led the Bullpups with 12 points, one more than Mandi Cooks.

The C-team was a 43-33 winner behind a balanced attack, led by Bailea Crist and Riley Schrader with nine points apiece.

The Bullpups return to AVCTL Division III play for the first time in quite a while Friday when they host Rose Hill in the annual homecoming game. They are 5-1 in league games.

MHS (60) — Schmidt 1-3, 2-4, 4; Wedel 2-3, 0-2, 4; Yowell 0-4, 3-4, 3; Hoffman 2-2, 0-1, 4; Schieferecke 6-10, 2-3, 14; Ulsaker 1-1, 0-0, 2; Robertson 7-14, 2-2, 19; M. Cooks 1-4, 0-0 2; B. Cooks 2-4, 2-3, 6; Collins 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 23-47, 11-19, 60. 3-pointers — Robertson 3.

Great Bend (39) — Welsch 3-10, 5-9, 13; Dunekack 1-3, 0-0, 3; Brack 1-1, 0-0, 2; Unruh 5-12, 1-1, 13; Stein 1-2, 0-1, 3; Mauler 1-5, 0-0, 2; Dreiling 1-3, 1-2, 3; Moyers 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kasselman 0-1, 0-0, 0; Kottas 0-1, 0-0, 0; Burkhart 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 13-41, 7-13, 39. 3-pointers — Unruh 2, Welsch 2, Dunekack 1, Stein 1.

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MHS JV (48) — Schmidt 4, Collins 9, Bruner 3, Ulsaker 12, M. Cooks 11, Hein 2, Crist 2, Gabel 2, Schrader 3.

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MHS C (43) — Heidebrecht 2, Hein 7, Crist 9, Gabel 8, Williams 6, Schrader 9, M. Schmidt 2.


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