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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson girls cruise past Dodge City

  • Abby Pedersen was on fire from behind the three-point arc Friday night as the McPherson Bullpups steamrolled Dodge City 67-39 as MHS celebrated homecoming.
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  • Abby Pedersen was on fire from behind the three-point arc Friday night as the McPherson Bullpups steamrolled Dodge City 67-39 as MHS celebrated homecoming.
    The Bullpups opened with a 15-2 run that left the Lady Demons visibly wondering what, exactly, had hit them. Pedersen dropped two of her four three-pointers in the first quarter, which ended with a 24-7 MHS advantage.
    It didn’t get any smoother for Dodge City in the second quarter, as the Pedersen dropped her third three of the quarter as play resumed. She finished the half with 14 points, while senior standout Katelyn Loecker had 15 over her 17 total points in the opening half, which ended with a 46-21 McPherson lead.
    Dodge City tried to get more aggressive in the third quarter, but McPherson still outscored the Lady Demons 12-7 in the frame. MHS coach Chris Strathman rotated out his starters in the fourth as the game was comfortably in hand for the Bullpups, who improved to 12-3 with the win.
    The Bullpups finished the game shooting 46.8 percent on 22-of-47 shooting from the floor. They were 10-of-17 from three-point range and a remarkable 13-of-14 from the foul line.
    “A lot of things look really good when you’re shooting the ball well,” Strathman said. “The girls were sharing the ball around, as they normally do, and just relaxed and knocked shots down.”
    Pedersen finished with 21 points, followed by Loecker’s 17 and Barnes’ 12 points.
    Katrina Roenfeldt led Dodge City with 13 points, while Alexis Sanchez had 11.
    The JV and freshmen squads completed the sweep of the Lady Demons, as the JV won 57-26 and the freshmen 61-37.
    Madison Hoffman led the JV with 10 points, while Paige Schmidt went off for 24 points in the freshmen game, while Ally Ulsaker dropped 18.
    McPherson is off now until Friday night, when they travel to El Dorado.
    For Strathman’s Bullpups, this is a much needed break.
    “It’s a welcome break,” he said. “We had five games in the last eight days. We gave them Wednesday off and I think that helped them get their legs back under them a little bit, but we still have some girls that are dinged up a little bit and not feeling too well.”
    The Bullpups will tip off against the Lady Wildcats Friday night at 6 p.m. with the boys game to follow.
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