MHS girls roll past Winfield

By Steve Sell
February 14, 2020
Kendall Shaw

Things got very spooky before the start of the McPherson High-Winfield girls basketball game on Friday at the Roundhouse.

The Vikings’ second-leading scorer, Aleigha Gale, took ill after the team arrived in town and was taken to Urgent Care. That was on top of the news earlier this week that leading scorer Emily Randall would miss the rest of the year with an injury.

Then during warm-ups, MHS’ leading scorer -- Grace Pyle -- suffered a sprained ankle and the Bullpups’ hearts went into their throats. But she shook it off, and was in the lineup and never missed a beat.

Thankfully, the game finally got under way without further incident and normalcy returned as the Bullpups blew out the short-handed Vikings 66-30 on Homecoming Night to improve to 7-0 in AVCTL Division III and 16-1 overall. It was MHS’ 47th  straight win over Winfield.

MHS turned loose its sleek athletes in the first quarter, racing to a turnover-fueled 31-4 lead and backed off the press the rest of the way.

“They really jumped on them early and kept the pedal down, the first quarter especially scoring 31. Thirty-one in a quarter is not easy to do,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “We got a lot of easy buckets off our press, some good 3s and stuff like that off kickouts in transition. So that obviously led to a big margin.”

Kassidy Beam and Pyle kick-started the Bullpups by combining for 27 first-half points, Beam with 16 and Pyle with 11, along with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Beam went on to score 18 and Pyle finished with a stat-stuffing line of 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 steals and 5 assists. Emma Ruddle, who would later be named Homecoming Queen, and Cassie Cooks just missed double figures with 9 points apiece.

The MHS JVs came away with a 40-26 triumph as Cameron Pelzel led a balanced offense with 9 points.

The ninth-grade girls had nice distribution in a 46-20 rout. Kelcie Kynaston led the way with 12 points, while Alexis Dukes and Ella Buschbom tallied 10 points apiece.

MHS finally goes back on the road Tuesday to play arch-rival Buhler before returning home for the final time during the regular season to take on Circle.

MHS (66) – Beam 7-15, 1-2, 18; Ruddle 3-8, 2-2, 9; Schieferecke 1-4, 2-2, 4; Pyle 8-12, 0-0, 17; Cooks 4-10, 1-2, 9; Labertew 2-4, 0-0, 4; Pearcy 0-0, 0-0, 0; Schmid 1-3, 0-0, 3; Howard 1-1, 0-0, 2; Smith 0-2, 0-0, 0; Pelzel 0-4, 0-0, 0. Totals – 27-63, 6-8, 66. 3-pointers – Beam 3, Ruddle 1, Pyle 1, Schmid 1.

Winfield (30) – Sultz 1-5, 0-0, 3; Komori 3-12, 0-0, 7; Jellings 0-4, 0-0, 0; Humphreys 2-7, 1-2, 6; Gedrose 3-5, 2-3, 8; Shumacher 1-5, 0-0, 3; Curtis 1-3, 0-0, 3; Johnson 0-1, 0-0, 0; Green 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals – 11-43, 6-8, 30. 3-pointers – Sultz 1, Komori 1, Shumacher 1, Humphreys 1, Curtis 1.

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MHS JV (40) – Labertew 8, Schmid 6, Smith 8, Dukes 2, Pelzel 9, Salmans 3, Buettgenbach 4

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MHS 9th (46)  -- K. Lang 8, Dukes 10, Kynaston 12, Salmans 4, T. Lang 2, Buschbom 10.


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