MHS girls stroll to 72-10 rout of Winfield

By Steve Sell
December 15, 2017
Kendall Shaw

This one was over shortly after it started.

McPherson High's girls scored the first 25 points of their game with Winfield here Friday and finished with a no-stress 72-10 victory on Wall of Fame Night.

The Bullpups improved to 4-1 and are now 2-0 in AVCTL Division III, both of the league games going into running clock in the fourth quarter.

MHS ran its offense with cool precision, eschewing its usual reliance on the 3-pointer and getting more baskets in the paint. In the first half, the Bullpups assisted on 10 of their 17 baskets as they ran the offense until they were able to get a point-blank shot. For the game, they had 30 baskets, 21 of those assisted.

Riley Hett had a remarkable line with 11 assists and 6 steals in just 19 minutes of play. Despite the myriad of combinations that MHS coach Chris Strathman employed, the Bullpups turned it over only 8 times.

"Eleven assists, one turnover and six steals and several deflections that may have led to steals — she (Hett) was very, very productive," Strathman said.

MHS got off to a slow start against Abilene on Tuesday, but that wasn't the case against the Vikings.

"We were better and quicker getting to spots," Strathman said. "We got a lot of deflections and steals and were able to pitch it ahead and get some good, easy baskets in transition. I thought the girls shared the basketball real well tonight."

Taylor Robertson led the Bullpups with 26 points and Cassie Cooks had her second straight solid game inside with 12 points and 8 rebounds.

The Bullpups' defense totally stifled the Vikings, who made just 3 of 32 shots and were forced into 22 turnovers.

The MHS JVs girls continued their domination with a 65-20 victory. Balance was a key as Kari Ellet and Grace Pyle scored 13 points and Emma Ruddle chipped in with 11.

The C-team girls played only two quarters, but they were on fire with a 46-7 victory. Kassidy Beam knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack.

MHS wraps up December play at home on Tuesday taking on Andover.

MHS (72) — Hageman 0-2, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 0-2, 0-0, 0; Hett 2-5, 2-2, 6; Robertson 10-16, 1-1, 26; Cooks 5-8, 2-2, 12; Yowell 1-3, 0-0, 2; Burghart 0-2, 0-0, 0; Ruddle 4-6, 0-0, 9; Pyle 3-9, 0-1, 6; Sweat 1-1, 0-0, 2; Ellet 1-1, 0-0, 2; Leaf 2-2, 1-2, 5; Eisenbarth, 1-2, 0-0, 2. Totals — 30-59, 6-8, 72. 3-pointers — Robertson 5, Ruddle 1.

Winfield (10) — Russell 1-3, 0-0, 2; Ramirez 0-2, 0-2, 0; Gale 1-9, 2-2, 4; Bounvongxay, 0-5, 0-0, 0; Humphreys 1-3, 2-4, 4; Seahorn 0-4, 0-0, 0; Sultz, 0-3, 0-0, 0; Jellings 0-2, 0-0, 0; McNutt 0-1, 0-0, 0. Totals — 3-32, 4-13, 10. 3-pointers — None.

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MHS JV (65) — Beam 8, Yowell 4, Burghart 4, Ruddle 11, Godwin 2, Collins 2, Pyle 13, Ellet 13, Eisenbarth 8.

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MHS C (46) — Beam 17, Godwin 7, Stout 3, Del Campo 2, Collins 9, Pyle 8.


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