A 26-4 first quarter set the tone for the McPherson High girls, who played in front of a home crowd for the first time in a month and only the second time this season, as they defeated the Winfield Vikings 68-25 Friday night
A 26-4 first quarter set the tone for the McPherson High girls, who played in front of a home crowd for the first time in a month and only the second time this season, as they defeated the Winfield Vikings 68-25 Friday night. “We knew (the Bullpups) were going to be ready to go,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said of the holiday layoff. “They were very eager to get back out on the floor.” And it showed, as the Pups held Winfield to only nine first-half points, taking a commanding 40-9 lead into halftime. Setting the tone in the first half was Hailey Ruder, who went 4-5 from behind the three point arc for 12 points in the opening two periods. Abby Pedersen added 13, including three from distance. McPherson kept up the onslaught through the third quarter, where they outscored a completely overwhelmed Viking squad 18-3. Winfield managed to score 13 points in the fourth quarter to break the 20 point margin. McPherson’s Katelyn Loecker picked up 20 points and 15 rebounds. Ruder finished with 16 points on the game, while Pedersen had 13. Abby Bertholf led Winfield’s scoring with nine points. The Pups shot 29-of-65 from the field on the game, while Winfield was held to only 8-of-29. McPherson’s defense forced 33 turnovers, capitalizing for 36 points. McPherson moves to 5-2 on the year, while Winfield falls to 2-5. The Bullpups will have face Rose Hill in a road contest Tuesday. The Lady Rockets were trounced 86-55 by Buhler on Friday. Tip off will be at 6 p.m. McPherson — Ruder 6-8 4-6 16; Pyle 3-6 2-2 9; Willems 2-5 0-1 4; Scheidegger 1-3 0-0 2; Pedersen 5-12 0-0 13; Wedel 1-1 0-0 2; Barnes 1-7 0-0 2; Loecker 10-19 0-3 20. Winfield — Griffiths 2-4 1-1 5; Thiel 1-2 1-3 3; Bertholf 3-8 0-0 9; Estrada 1-3 0-0 3; Banks 0-5 2-3 2; McNutt 0-2 1-2 1; Bruce 1-1 0-0 2.