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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lady Pups dominate Winfield 62-25

  • Katelyn Loecker had 24 points in a 62-25 dismantling of Winfield Friday night, as the Bullpups outright claimed the AVCTL Division III crown after going undefeated in league play.
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  • Not even a blizzard could slow down the roll the McPherson High girls have been on since the Mid America Classic.
    Katelyn Loecker had 24 points in a 62-25 dismantling of Winfield Friday night, as the Bullpups outright claimed the AVCTL Division III crown after going undefeated in league play.
    The Bullpups jumped out to a 19-0 lead in the first quarter before the Vikings were able to register what had transpired. A Kelsey Estrada three-pointer gave Winfield its first points with 30 seconds left in the opening period.
    Both Loecker and Janae Barnes found themselves in foul trouble about halfway through the second quarter, picking up their third fouls as the Viking began getting more aggressive under the glass.
    Even with the limited minutes in the second, Loecker’s 13 points gave McPherson a 32-8 lead at the half. Also helping was 9-for-9 shooting from the foul line in the opening two quarters.
    McPherson kept the momentum going in the third before Barnes was forced to sit with four fouls at the 4:15 mark.
    The Pups shrugged it off, though, as Hailey Ruder opened up the fourth quarter with a three to put MHS up over the 50 point mark at 51-14.
    The physical play against Loecker, especially, was expected by the McPherson coaches.
    “We knew from the beginning, even last year, that she is going to constantly take a beating,” MHS assistant coach Tim Ellet said. “She knows that, she’s mentally prepared herself for it. She also knows that, eventually, she’s going to get the shots she wants and she’s going to get to the foul line. She just takes it and moves along with it.”
    While the blizzard prevented the team from practicing on Thursday, Ellet said they didn’t show any signs of the lay off.
    “We were a little concerned, considering they were used to having a practice right before a game,” Ellet said. “They did a good job of coming out and executing some of our stuff pretty well. We had a couple of things that we’re going to need to work on, but, overall, they did a pretty good job.”
    The JV girls were a 52-43 winner over the Vikings, while the freshmen girls won 48-38. No scoring information was available for those games.
    McPherson will host Chapman in the opening round of the Abilene Class 4A sub-state Tuesday night. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Roundhouse.
    MHS (62) — Loecker 24, Ruder 9, Pedersen 6, Barnes 5, Pyle 5, Scheidegger 4, Bate 3, Malm 2, Hoffman 2.
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