Valley Center’s message to the McPherson High girls was pretty clear here Tuesday -- if you can beat us from the outside, go ahead.
And they did.
The Bullpups were an amazing 10 of 21 from 3-point range to blister the Hornets 64-28 to wrap up another  Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Division II title.
MHS, 9-0 in D-II and 17-2 overall, closes out the regular season Friday at Arkansas City. However, it appears the Bullpups are going to be the No. 2 seed in the sub-state next week, unless Salina South loses to winless Derby on Friday.
Seniors Casyn Buchman and Leigh Loving were sensational on Senior Night with 25 and 16 points respectively, with both making four 3-pointers.
“Casyn’s had games like that before, but it was really, really good to see Leigh break out like that, especially on Senior Night,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “That was really special.”
The Hornets were determined not to let the Bullpups score inside. In the first half, Katelyn Loecker attempted only one shot and Sarah Gaeddert was held without an attempt, yet the Bullpups were up comfortably, 31-16. Buchman had 13 in the half and Loving had 10.
MHS’ ball movement in the second half allowed the lead to mushroom, as the Bullpups basically performed surgery with their precision passing.
“We’ve said all year, especially after Christmas, how well we share the ball,” Strathman said. “And it’s just a lot of fun to see.”
MHS also played outstanding on the defensive end, as Valley was just 9 of 39.
The MHS JVs were a 53-32 winner behind 14 points by Ashton Bruner and 11 by Abby Pedersen. The freshmen won 43-30, as Megan Malm led a balanced attack with nine.
MHS (64) -- Loving 6 0-0 16; Buchman 9 3-4 25; Loecker 3 1-2 7; Gaeddert 0 0-0 0; Hein 2 2-4 7; Bruner 1 0-0 2; Ruder 1 0-0 2; Holle 1 0-0 3; Regnier 0 0-0 0; Pedersen 0 2-2 2; Moyer 0 0-0 0; Tully 0 0-0 0. Totals -- 23 8-12 64. 3-pointers -- Loving 4, Buchman 4, Holle 1, Hein 1.
Valley Center (28) -- Mad. Wedekind 2 1-2 5; Mor. Wedekind 1 0-0 3; Luna 1 3-4 6; Williams 3 2-4 8; McCormick 0 1-2 1; Coleman 2 0-0 5. Totals -- 9 7-12 29. 3-pointers -- Mor. Wedekind 1, Coleman 1, Luna 1.
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MHS JV (53) -- Swisher 1 0-2 2; Hole 2 0-0 6; Regnier 3 1-1 7; Bruner 6 2-7 14; Pedersen 3 3-5 11; Tully 3 2-3 9; Moyer 0 2-2 2; Pyle 0 0-2 0; Miller 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 19 10-22 53. 3-pointers -- Holle 2, Pedersen 2, Tully 1.
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MHS frosh (43) -- Willems 2 0-1 4; Pyle 2 1-2 6; Barnes 3 1-2 7; Stucky 0 2-4 2; Bate 1 2-3 4; Malm 3 2-3 9; Swartzendruber 1 1-2 3; Beckwith 1 3-4 6; Becker 0 0-2 0; Moyer 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 14 12-23 43. 3-pointers -- Pyle 1, Malm 1, Beckwith 1.