The No. 3 McPherson High girls started off the blocks a little slowly in the opening moments of the first half against Rose Hill Tuesday night, but they still burned the Rockets 66-23 in AVCTL Div. III action.
Both teams started out having difficulty finding the basket, but by the time the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter, the Bullpups had raced out to a 14-3 lead.
MHS kept their momentum going in the second period, starting with an 8-0 run. In fact, the McPherson defense was so dominating, the only points they allowed in the second quarter came off a late Kynnedy Myers three pointer that pulled the Rockets to within 22 at the half.
Another 8-0 run kicked off the third for McPherson, who eventually extended that out into a 14-1 run, thanks to the combined scoring efforts of seniors Hailey Ruder and Katelyn Loecker.
“Hailey is getting more comfortable in the point guard role for us,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “She’s always been off the ball for us. She’s been focusing on the leadership part of being a point guard, but now she’s starting to look for her own shots. Which she needs to do and we need her to do that.”
McPherson just overwhelmed Rose Hill (2-6) in the win, keeping the Rockets from reaching the 20 point mark until late in the fourth quarter, when all the starters had been taken out of the game.
Loecker led all scorers with 24 points in the win, which moves McPherson to 6-2 on the season. Ruder added 14, while Abby Pedersen had 10.
“The kids really shared the ball well tonight,” Strathman said. “And, really, that’s what these girls are all about, so that’s really fun to see.”
Strathman was also pleased with the defensive effort Tuesday night of his Bullpups.
“The kids were pretty sharp defensively,” Strathman said. “We didn’t give them too many second-chance opportunities, we didn’t get them on the line and give them freebies.”
The JV was also dominating in their game against the Rockets, winning 48-29. Paige Schmidt was the lone Bullpup in double digits with 14.
McPherson is at home Friday night as they host an El Dorado team that was dominated 39-16 against Winfield.
Tipoff from the Roundhouse is set for 6 p.m. Posters will be available to the first 300 kids middle school age and older.
McPherson — Ruder 14, Scheidegger 4, Pedersen 10, Barnes 6, Loecker 24, Cook 7.
Rose Hill — Khalidi 11, Myers 8, Slade 3, Rushing 1.