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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Pedersen’s 26 points keeps Bullpups perfect in Division III play

  • Really, all that was missing from McPherson High junior Abby Pedersen’s performance Friday night against Buhler was an actual flaming ball in the vein of the old NBA Jams video games.
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  • Really, all that was missing from McPherson High junior Abby Pedersen’s performance Friday night against Buhler was an actual flaming ball in the vein of the old NBA Jams video games.
    Pedersen exploded for a career high 26 points during “Think Pink Night,” giving the Lady Bullpups an important 57-29 AVCTL Div. III win over the second place Crusaders, all but wrapping up the league title.
    “(Pedersen) gets going, it’s a pretty shot,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said of his guard’s shooting Friday night. “Her shots were falling well and the kids were setting screens for her and finding her. She definitely had it going tonight.”
    The Bullpups looked to put the Crusaders away early, going on an 8-2 run in the first half of the opening period and leading 14-5 after the buzzer.
    Their momentum carried through into the second, where MHS kept giving Pedersen shot opportunities to blast the game wide-open with a 12-1 run through the 3:53 mark of the period.
    A Hailey Ruder three-pointer with 2:36 left in the half would give McPherson a 20 point cushion going into half, leading 32-11.
    Buhler’s luck wouldn’t improve any in the third, as McPherson (15-3, 8-0 AVCTL Div. III) kept firing on all cylinders, holding the Crusaders to only four third quarter points.
    Pedersen hit her fourth and fifth three pointers almost back-to-back at around the six minute mark of the fourth quarter to put the game away for the Bullpups, leading at that point 54-19.
    Buhler would make a 10-3 run towards the end of the period after McPherson subbed out their starters to cut the lead to under 30 at the final buzzer, 57-29.
    McPherson finished shooting 19-of-45 for the game, including 8-of-18 from three-point distance and 11-of-20 from the foul line.
    Buhler managed only 27 percent from the field, shooting 9-of-33 and only a single three point bucket in five attempts. They were 10-of-16 from the charity stripe.
    The Pups won the rebounding battle 37-23, and only coughed up the ball nine times to Buhler’s 14.
    “It was just a good performance by us from tip to end,” Strathman said.
    Aside from Pedersen, senior Katelyn Loecker had another fine evening, picking up a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
    Buhler (10-8, 6-2)was led by Josie Williams, who had 14 points.
    The JV Pups downed Buhler 36-24 in their game Friday. Paige Schmidt led the way with 15 points in the win.
    The freshmen girls won 36-25 against the Crusaders. Magan Alexander and Ally Ulsaker both had 11 points.
    Tuesday night brings Rose Hill (4-5, 2-6) to the Roundhouse, as the Bullpups will honor Loecker, Ruder and fellow senior Taylor Scheidegger.
    Page 2 of 2 - “In Katelyn and Hailey, we owe them a tremendous amount, as far as credit to them for our success,” Strathman said. “And Taylor’s been here just this year, but three seniors, it’s been a special group.”
    Tipoff Tuesday night is slated for 6 p.m.
    Buhler (29) — Stetten 0-6 4-4 4; Keller 1-3 0-0 2; Williams 4-11 6-10 14; Torgerson 2-5 0-0 5; Bessmer 1-2 0-0 2; Burns 1-1 0-0 2.
    McPherson (57) — Pyle 0-2 2-4 2; Ruder 2-5 1-2 7; Barnes 2-7 0-0 4; Pedersen 9-16 3-4 26; Loecker 3-8 4-6 10; Willems 2-5 0-2 5; Scheidegger 1-2 1-2 3.
    McPherson JV (36) — Corrigan 2; Schmidt 15; Wedel 5; Malm 4; Hoffman 8; Cooks 2.
    McPherson freshmen (36) — Corrigan 8; Alexander 11; Schmidt 7; Ulsaker 11; Kaufman 2.
    Contact Chris Swick at chris.swick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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