MHS girls' defense stifling in rout of Augusta

By Steve Sell
February 24, 2015
Kendall Shaw

AUGUSTA — Just when the Augusta girls entertained thoughts of giving McPherson High a more competitive game than the first meeting, the Bullpups unleashed their freshmen sensations.

Ninth-graders Taylor Robertson and Mandi Cooks combined for 25 first-half points, making 9 of 11 shots in the process. By scoring 24 of the final 27 points of the half, the Bullpups blew it out to 29-9 at the break and then stretched it out for a 56-19 victory.

MHS is now 8-1 in AVCTL Division III play and 15-4 overall heading into a monumental home game Friday against Buhler that should fill every seat in the Roundhouse. Despite having one more league loss and one more loss overall, the Bullpups are ranked ahead of the Crusaders, perhaps because they've played a tougher schedule.

The Bullpups got off to a painfully slow start against patient Augusta, down 6-5, before catching fire. Cooks made all five of her shots and Robertson was 4 of 6 in the half.

The second half was more of the same as MHS never allowed Augusta to put any semblance of offense together.

"We ended up holding them to 19, so after that first quarter (10-7) we gave up 12 points the rest of the game," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "We're just locked in (defensively) real good. Ball-screen defense was pretty good and help-side defense was probably as good as it's been all year."

For the game, Cooks was perfect by going 7 of 7 from the field and 4 of 4 from the line for 18 points. Robertson sank her only field goal attempt of the second half and scored 15, while making some nice passes.

The MHS bench actually outscored the starters by two points as Strathman's team was able to display its considerable depth.

"Everybody performed real well tonight," Strathman said. It was pretty even minutes, too. That helped the bench outscore the starters. I thought everyone was aggressive… the girls played well."

The MHS JVs blistered Augusta 54-29 as nine players scored, led by Paige Schmidt and Emma Yowell with nine apiece.

The MHS C-team made a big comeback in the fourth quarter, but came up short in a 38-37 setback. Bailea Crist’s 12 points led the Bullpups and Rylee Schrader furnished 10.

MHS (56) — Schmidt 2-6, 0-1, 4; Wedel 0-2, 0-0, 0; Yowell 1-1, 0-0, 3; Collins 2-3, 0-1, 4; Hoffman 0-4, 1-2, 1; Schieferecke 3-6, 1-2, 7; Ulsaker 0-1, 0-1, 0; Robertson 5-7, 2-2, 15; M. Cooks 7-7, 4-4, 18; B. Cooks 2-4, 0-1, 4. Totals — 22-41, 8-14, 56. 3-pointers — Robertson 3, Yowell 1.

Augusta (19) — Johnston 0-2, 0-0, 0; Kirk 1-8, 0-1, 2; Hinnenkamp 1-1, 0-0, 3; Westbrooks 2-3, 4-5, 8; Sears 1-3, 0-0, 2; Becker 1-4, 0-0, 2; Carr 0-1 0-0, 0; S. Dalziel 0-3, 0-1, 0; C. Dalziel 0-1, 1-2, 1; Guillams 0-0, 0-2, 0; Eberhart 0-2, 1-2, 1. Totals — 6-28, 5-11, 19. 3-pointers — Hinnenkamp 1,

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MHS JV (54) — Schmidt 9, Yowell 9, Collins 7, Bruner 7, Crist 3, Gabel 4, Ulsaker 8, Schrader 3, M. Cooks 4.

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MHS C (37) — Hein 3, Crist 12, Gabel 6, Schrader 10, M. Schmidt 6.


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