Robertson scores 41 to break MHS single-game girls record

By Steve Sell
February 13, 2015
Kendall Shaw

It's not even close.

McPherson High freshman Taylor Robertson put on easily the most remarkable shooting performance since the Roundhouse opened in 1964 in the Bullpups' 84-32 rout of Rose Hill.

Robertson made an amazing 9 of 10 shots from 3-point, 13 of 15 overall, and also made all six of her free throws for 41 points, breaking the school record of 34 by Megan Spencer in 1994.

And she did it in just 19 minutes.

"That was incredible," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, who was like the rest of the fans inside the Roundhouse in that he was in awe of what he saw. "We kind of try to downplay some things, but I can't downplay this. It was pretty special to see."

Robertson set the tone by scoring MHS' first nine points and had 18 in the first quarter. She continued her assault with 15 second-quarter points to give her 33 in the half. She was 10 of 11 from the field, 7 of 7 from 3-point.

"When I got the stat sheet at halftime, I knew she hadn't missed a 3, but I didn't realize she had racked up 33 in one half," Strathman said. "The girls were doing a great job of getting the ball inside and making the zone collapse… they were doing a great job of sharing the basketball. We had a couple of steals and they knew to find her right away. When somebody has got it going like that, you just want to get her the ball and they did."

She may have scored 60 at the rate she was going because she scored eight points in the first 3 minutes of the second half, but took only one shot the rest of the way and sat the final 5:12 of the game.

Fellow freshman Mandi Cooks came up with a big game off the bench with 12 points and six rebounds. MHS shot 50 percent overall, 69 percent from 3-point and 79 percent at the line.

Lost in the win was MHS' defense, as Rose Hill was just 9 of 45, 5 of 24 from 3-point. Strathman liked the way his team defended and took the Rockets out of their game. Leading scorer Mackenzie Herman was held to just 1 of 17 and six points.

The MHS C-team was given a push all game by the Rockets, but triumphed 43-37 as Riley Schrader filled it up from 3-point. She made five on her way to an 18-point explosion.

There was no JV game due to a lack of numbers for Rose Hill.

MHS, now 6-1 in AVCTL Division III and 12-4 overall, will be on the road twice next week — Tuesday at El Dorado and Friday at Hutchinson.

MHS (84) — Schmidt 2-5, 2-2, 7; Yowell 1-3, 0-0, 3; Collins 2-5, 3-4, 7; Hoffman 0-2, 0-0, 0; Bruner 0-5, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 2-6, 1-2, 5; Ulsaker 1-4, 0-0, 2; Robertson 13-15, 6-6, 41; M. M. Cooks 5-8, 2-3, 12; B. Cooks 3-5, 1-2, 7. Totals — 29-58, 15-19, 84. 3-pointers — Robertson 9, Schmidt 1, Yowell 1.

Rose Hill (32) — Linot 1-4, 0-0, 3; Simoneau 2-5, 2-2, 7; Mundy 1-4, 0-0, 3; Herman 1-17,  3-4, 6; Van Driel 3-4, 4-5, 10; Collins 1-6, 0-0, 3; McMains 0-5, 0-0, 0. Totals — 9-45, 9-11, 32. 3-pointers — Linot 1, Simoneau 1, Mundy 1, Herman 1, Collins 1.


MHS C (43) — Hein 4, Crist 8, Gabel 7, Schrader 18, Bruner 6.