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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS girls destroy El Dorado 70-20

  • The McPherson High girls put on a defensive and offensive exhibition against El Dorado Friday night at the Roundhouse on their way to a 70-20 drubbing of a hapless Wildcat team.
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  • The McPherson High girls put on a defensive and offensive exhibition against El Dorado Friday night at the Roundhouse on their way to a 70-20 drubbing of a hapless Wildcat team.
    El Dorado never once scored double digits in a single quarter, with McPherson allowing only a pair of long-range buckets in each of the first two quarters, as the defense clamped down on the paint and refused to let the Wildcats get anywhere close to the basket.
    “They’ve been practicing well the last couple of days and, a lot of the time, that leads to being real sharp when it comes to game time,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said of his team’s aggressive approach to a 2-5 El Dorado team.
    Hailey Ruder, Moria Pyle and Abby Pederson both had three pointers in an 18-3 first quarter, while the Pups held El Dorado scoreless until the 1:02 mark, when Andrea Valadez was finally able to make a three-ball fall for the Wildcats.
    The second quarter was even worse for El Dorado, as the Bullpups really hit their stride, outscoring their opponents 22-3, taking a 40-6 advantage into the locker room at the half. MHS was only 8-for-23 from the field, but an outstanding 19-for-24 from the foul line in the first half.
    El Dorado tried to get something going in the third, but Pederson dropped seven points in quarter as the Bullpups kept the pressure up. They never let the Wildcats score more than seven points in either quarter of the second half.
    McPherson finished with 20-of-47 shooting from the field and 23-of-31 from the foul line. El Dorado was only 8-of-35 from the field.
    Katelyn Loecker had a double double for McPherson, scoring 15 points and snagging 11 rebounds. She nearly missed out on a triple double, as she had eight assists for the game.
    Pederson added 14 for the Pups, while Ruder dropped 13 and Janae Barnes had 10. Pyle and Taylor Scheideggr came close to double digits with eight and seven points, respectively.
    “I was really happy with the balanced scoring that we had tonight,” Strathman said. “There’s been too many games where just a couple of people have done the bulk of the scoring, but tonight we had six people almost in double figures.”
    MHS is on the road Tuesday as they take on Circle. They will have about a week and a half off after that as they prep for the Mid-America Classic Jan. 24-26.
    McPherson — Ruder 4-9 2-2 13; Pyle 3-4 0-0 8; Scheidegger 3-3 1-2 7; Pederson 5-14 2-2 14; Barnes 1-4 8-10 10; Malm 0-1 1-2 1; Hoffman 0-1 2-2 2; Loecker 4-9 7-11 15.
    El Dorado — Smith 1-5 0-0 2; Halferich 1-6 1-2 3; Valadez 5-12 1-1 13; Rice 1-4 0-0 2.
    Follow Chris Swick on Twitter @SwickSentinel or contact him by email at chris.swick@mcphersonsentinel.com.

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