MHS girls improve to 8-1

By Steve Sell
January 11, 2019

There was a collective eyebrow raised throughout the Roundhouse on Friday when McPherson High's No. 5-ranked girls led winless El Dorado just 16-15 after the first quarter.

Former Bullpup standout Jordan Crawford had his youthful Wildcat charges ready to play as they went eyeball to eyeball with the Bullpups and there was a brief upset vibe in the air.

But MHS settled down defensively and didn't give up a point in the second quarter until there were 4 seconds left on a pair of free throws.

Meanwhile, the 'Pups had scored the first 15 points of the quarter and it eventually wound up being a comfortable 62-32 victory as the Bullpups will take an 8-1 record and six-game winning streak into the Mid America Classic that begins Jan. 24.

"To El Dorado's credit, they really came out aggressive, and played with tremendous pace offensively and were not on their heels," MHS coach Chris Strathman said. "I don't know if we came out terribly passive, but we weren't playing as hard as they were, I can say that. El Dorado really came out sharp."

The Bullpups had trouble turning the Wildcats over early on, but once they ramped up the pressure and sped El Dorado up they were just fine. After giving up 15 points in the initial quarter, the Wildcats scored just 7 over the next two.

"We challenged them (defensively) after the first quarter," Strathman said. "El Dorado was on pace to score 60. Like I said, we had just given up 30 to Circle and 28 to Augusta. And El Dorado's a winless team and they were on their way to 60. That was kind of ridiculous, so we got better as the game went along on the defensive end, for sure."

The Bullpups' depth was on full display as Strathman employed all 12 players and every one of them made a solid contribution.

They had terrific balance as Emma Ruddle scored 12 points — 10 of those in the fourth quarter — and Lakyn Schiefercke and Andrea Sweat both furnished 10. Schieferecke had 5 assists and 4 rebounds to round out her nice stat line while Sweat, slowed earlier in the year by an injury, is making more and more of a contribution recently as she had 3 steals on the defensive end and 3 rebounds.

Hannah Hageman just missed doubles with 9, but made 4 of 5 shots.

"It (the balance) was good," Strathman said. "We didn't shoot it great, obviously, from 3 (4 of 20). We did move the ball well (to make 21 of 40 inside the arc). We had a lot of good extra passes."

Grace Pyle was a ball magnet, coming up with 9 rebounds.

Madi Michaelis led El Dorado with 13 points and Hailey Eaton tallied 10.

The JV girls' winning streak is now at 86 after a 70-22 rout. Nice balance was again the key as Kassidy Beam led the way with 14, Sweat scored 12, and Ella Schmid and Emma Malm tallied 10 apiece

The ninth-grade girls actually went up against Cheney, which filled in since El Dorado was short on numbers, and came away with a 46-21 rout. Ella Schmid scored 18 points and eight Bullpups scored. Schmid did not miss a shot from the field in either the JV or ninth-grade game.

Pairings for the Mid America Classic will be announced next week.

MHS (62) — Ruddle 5-13, 2-2, 12; Hageman 4-5, 0-0, 9; Schieferecke 4-14, 0-0, 10; Hett 2-6, 2-2, 7; Leaf 0-2, 1-2, 1; Beam 2-3, 0-0, 4; Burghart 0-1, 0-0, 0; Pyle 1-5, 0-0, 2; Sweat 4-6, 2-2, 10; Malm 2-2, 0-0, 4; Cooks 1-3, 1-2, 3; Eisenbarth 0-0, 0-0, 0. Totals — 25-60, 8-10, 62. 3-pointers — Schieferecke 2, Hageman 1, Hett 1.

El Dorado (32) — Parsons 0-2, 0-0, 0; Michaelis 4-17, 4-4, 13; Motter 1-6, 0-0, 2; Faundere 1-3, 0-0, 2; H. Eaton 3-10, 2-2, 10; K.  Eaton 1-3, 2-2, 5. Totals — 10-41, 8-8, 32. 3-pointers — H. Eaton 2, Michaelis 1, K. Eaton 1.

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MHS JV (70) — Labertew 2, Beam 14, Schmid 10, Smith 2, Pyle 8, Courtney 5, Malm 10, Howard 4, Cooks 3, Sweat 12.

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MHS 9th (46) — Pacey 5, Schmid 18, Doile 6, Smith 2, Courtney 4, Pelzel 2, Howard 7, Buettgenbach 2.


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