For the first time in a decade, the McPherson College Lady Bulldogs finally came out on top against Sterling College, defeating the Warriors 63-60 Saturday night at the McPherson Sport Center.
The Lady Warriors scored on the first possession of the game and extended that into a 9-3 run that gave them a lead they would take into halftime.
Sterling got the lead to double digits, but McPherson battled back and brought it back to single digits. Sterling managed to push it back to over 10 points which is where the half ended at 31-21.
Mac was only able to make 8-of-28 in the first half, as they struggled to get quality shot attempts. They went 0-of-7 from behind the arc and made just 50 percent of their 10 free throws.
Sterling made 12-of-30 from the field with two three-point buckets. The Warriors were a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.
The second half started much like the first with a couple of SC buckets but a 12-0 run by the Lady ‘Dogs brought McPherson within one point. The score stayed within a few for the middle section of the half as it seemed every surge made by Mac was answered by the Lady Warriors.
Finally, with under three minutes to go, a 9-0 MC run put the Bulldogs up by four points with 1:16 showing on the clock. Fouls and free throws ensued and after a 3-of-4 showing at the stripe, McPherson had their 63-60 victory.
In the second period, the Bulldogs went 14-of-29 from the field, making 48.3 percent of their attempts. A solid 12-of-18 showing from the charity stripe helped McPherson hang on to the lead down the stretch.
Sterling made 9-of-23 from the floor and were 10-of-15 from the stripe. Only five second half turnovers were committed by Mac, while they forced 10 from Sterling.
The Lady Bulldogs ended the game with a 38.6 field goal percentage, draining 22-of-57 from the floor but were just 1-of-11 from downtown. They shot 18-of-28 from the foul line.
The Lady Warriors closed out the contest making 21-of-53 and hitting 15-of-20 from the stripe in the loss.
It was a close rebounding battle, the Warriors got the nod as they grabbed 38 to McPherson’s 36. MC caused 17 turnovers of Sterling and scored 21 of their total points off of their eight steals. Mac’s bench scored 15 in their team’s victory.
McPherson’s Kaylee Cramer recorded 18 points, as she scored on 7-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-6 from the free throw line. She also grabbed seven rebounds, tying her for first on the team.
Cheyenne Eisenhour and Bailey Brown each totaled 11 points; Eisenhour went 50 percent from the field, making 3-of-6, and hit 4-of-5 from the stripe.
Sterling’s Cassi Spleiss had a career night with 30 points in the loss. No other Warrior made it to double-digits.
Page 2 of 2 - McPherson moves to 11-7 on the year and 5-3 in KCAC play.
A trip to Bethel College will complete the first round of KCAC action for the Lady Bulldogs.
They travel to North Newton on a rare Wednesday showdown, starting at 6 p.m.
McPherson — Cramer 7-11 4-6 18; Eisenhour 3-6 4-5 11; Brown 3-7 5-9 11; Chambers 4-9 0-0 8; Brewster 2-0 3-4 7; Puttergil 2-8 2-4 6; Cooper 1-4 0-0 2.
Sterling — Spleiss 8-15 13-15 30; Eilert 2-8 1-2 5; Branch 2-5 0-0 4; Lucas 2-8 0-1 4; Dauer 1-4 0-0 2; Faul 2-4 1-2 7; McGrath 2-4 0-0 4; Waters 1-4 0-0 2; Burnett 1-1 0-0 2.