MHS cagers go to El Do on Tuesday

By Steve Sell
February 16, 2015
Kendall Shaw

McPherson High’s basketball teams burned out the Roundhouse scoreboard Friday night.

After the girls lit it up for 84 points against Rose Hill, the boys turned it over with 102 as the Rockets were simply overwhelmed.

Those numbers surely caught the attention of El Dorado, which hosts the Bullpup juggernauts Tuesday night.

Game time is 6 p.m. for the girls, with the boys to follow. KBBE-FM coverage begins on 96.7 at 5:45 p.m.

The MHS girls, now 6-1 in Division III and 12-4 overall, were an 84-32 winner over Rose Hill behind the school-record 41 points by Taylor Robertson, who shattered Megan Spencer’s record of 34 set more than 20 years ago. She was 13 of 15 from the field and 9 of 10 from 3-point, while her teammates got her the ball in prime shooting position. The Bullpups had 17 assists as a team on 29 made baskets.

Robertson added six rebounds and five steals — all in 19 minutes.

“We did have a really nice showing on Friday night and hope to continue that momentum tomorrow night in El Dorado,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “The important thing for our girls is to come out with energy and play together, then I think the rest will kind of take care of itself.  These last two weeks of the regular season are very important for any team. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to get ready for the postseason.”

El Dorado coach and McPherson High graduate Jordan Crawford will be trying to craft a plan to keep the game close for his Wildcats, as the first meeting resulted in a 72-33 season-opening victory. Crawford has a young team that has improved as the season has gone along, even if it hasn’t reflected in the victory total.

The MHS boys buried El Dorado 81-29 in the first game of the season, a kick-start to their current 16-0 record. MHS has won its last 31 games in a row covering two seasons and is approaching the school record of 34.

The Bullpups fired on all cylinders last Friday as even though the reserves logged a lot of minutes, MHS still broke the century mark against the fouling Rockets, who sent the Bullpups to the line 39 times, resulting in 31 points.

El Dorado is coming off a year in which it was fourth at the Class 4A Division I State Tournament, but has fallen on hard times.

“El Dorado is doing a lot of different things than the first time that we saw them since it was the first game of the season,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “Alec Hildreth is still the key to their team. We should not have a letdown as we are getting near the postseason and know how important it is to be playing our best.”