MHS girls hold off furious Andale rally

By Steve Sell
January 12, 2018

ANDALE — McPherson High's girls found themselves in a position they haven't been in for a long time.

The Bullpups were cruising along with a 20-14 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half on Friday, but patient Andale reeled off a 9-0 run to head into the break with a 23-20 lead, the first time MHS had trailed at the half since the Miege game.

They later fell behind by 4 points, before they closed out the third quarter on a 17-6 run and later had a seemingly safe 10-point lead with 2:49 to go.

But Andale, showing why it's ranked No. 3 in Class 4A Division II, scared the daylights out of turnover-plagued MHS down the stretch before its rally fell short, 50-46.

The Indians had a chance to tie or take the lead with 14 seconds left, but turned the ball over and MHS' Taylor Robertson completed her 27-point effort with a pair of free throws to ice the victory.

"In the third quarter we outscored them 20-10, but other than that Andale beat us tonight," said MHS coach Chris Strathman, whose team arrives at the halfway point of the season at 9-1 with a road game left to play on Tuesday against Newton before the Mid America Classic. "So for three quarters of the game they outplayed us. Fortunately we outplayed them in the third and we were able to barely, just barely, hold on to that lead at the end. Andale, hats off to them, I thought they had a great game plan. They took us out of some things offensively. (Andale coach) Ted Anderson does a great job of scouting."

Robertson, despite terrific defensive pressure from Bria Gutschenritter, was 10 of 11 from the field and made all 3 of her free throws as she shouldered the scoring load. No other Bullpup had more than 6 points.

MHS actually pulled out a rarely used zone defense in the fourth quarter and it worked. What allowed the Indians to get back in the game was a passel of uncustomary MHS turnovers, 6 of them in fact in the final 3 minutes.

Guttschenritter was superb for Andale with 17 points.

The MHS JVs continued to steamroll along with a 54-28 blasting behind 12 points apiece by Kari Ellet and Megan Eisenbarth and 10 more by Emma Ruddle.

Kassidy Beam scorched the nets for 28 points in the C-game as the Bullpups cruised to a 62-26 success. Kenzee Godwin added 13 points and Emma Malm supplied 11 as MHS had the game into running clock after three quarters.

MHS (50) — Yowell 0-1, 0-0, 0; Ruddle 1-2, 2-2, 4; Hageman 0-4, 0-0, 0; Schieferecke 3-7, 0-1, 6; Pyle 0-2, 0-0, 0; Hett 1-5, 1-5, 4; Sweat 2-3, 0-0, 5; Robertson 10-11, 3-3, 27; C. Cooks 2-2, 0-0, 4; Leaf 0-2, 0-0, 0. Totals — 19-39, 6-11, 50. 3-pointers — Robertson 4, Hett 1, Sweat 1.

Andale (46) — Gutschenritter 7-11, 3-3, 17; Knoblauch 1-7, 2-4, 4; Eck 0-1, 0-0, 0; Geist 2-4, 3-5, 7; Bergkamp 2-6, 2-2, 8; Winter 3-4, 0-0, 8; Bruna 0-1, 0-0, 0; Easter 1-5, 0-0, 2. Totals — 16-40, 10-14, 46. 3-pointers — Bergkamp 2, Winter 2.

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MHS JV (54) — Yowell 3, Burghart 2, Ruddle 10, Godwin 2, Pyle 7, Sweat 2, Ellet 12, Leaf  4, Eisenbarth 12.

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MHS C (62) — Beam 28, Godwin 13, Stout 5, Del Campo 2, Malm 11, Pyle 3.


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