It’s not a stretch to say that McPherson High’s girls are 25 points better this year than Goddard.
The teams have met twice this year and both times the margin has been 25 points, 64-39 in the Mid America Classic and 50-25 when they played here last Saturday.
But the margin figures to be closer Friday when MHS travels south to take on the Lions at 6 p.m.
Goddard played the first game without star player Kjia Hart, who was out with illness. She was present for the rematch, but was the focus of the MHS defense, which held her to five points on 2-of-11 shooting.
The Bullpups take a 7-0 AVCTL Division II record into the game and are 14-2 overall. Friday’s game figures to be the Bullpups’ last serious test, as next week’s games are against three struggling teams --  Derby, Valley Center and Arkansas City.
MHS is now in a three-team gridlock for the top sub-state seed, as the Bullpups, Salina South and Newton all have two losses. South and Newton have more potential to lose down the stretch. Newton has a dangerous game Friday against Salina Central, which upset South on Tuesday. Both Newton and South still have to play a good Maize team as well.
In the boys’ game, the 15-1 Bullpups will be looking to duplicate their 80-54 win over the Lions from this past weekend.
The Lions had no answer for Christian Ulsaker and Jack Pyle, who combined for 58 points, with Ulsaker scoring 33 and Pyle netting 25.