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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • MHS dominates Chapman 69-14

  • By the time McPherson High’s Katelyn Loecker and Hailey Ruder took their final bows at the Roundhouse Tuesday night, the senior duo had put together an electrifying performance, leading the MHS girls to a 69-14 drubbing of Chapman in the first round of the Class 4A Abilene sub-state.
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  • By the time McPherson High’s Katelyn Loecker and Hailey Ruder took their final bows at the Roundhouse Tuesday night, the senior duo had put together an electrifying performance, leading the MHS girls to a 69-14 drubbing of Chapman in the first round of the Class 4A Abilene sub-state.
    Both Loecker and Ruder played with an intensity that left no room for doubt they wanted their final game before a home crowd to be memorable one, putting up double figure scoring numbers in the first half.
    “They got a little emotional when I took them out for the last time,” MHS coach Chris Strathman said. “It was tough. It’s tough for me, as their coach, knowing it’s the last time they would perform in front of a Roundhouse crowd. They were really sharp.”
    McPherson never allowed Chapman to get out of the starting blocks, as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the Fighting Irish were able to manage their first points at the three-minute mark of the first quarter.
    The Bullpups responded with a 7-1 stretch that bumped their run to 28-3 through the first half of the second period. Chapman would only manage four points by halftime, where they trailed 41-6.
    By the time the third quarter was over, McPherson had a 50 point lead at 64-11, leading to the running clock to be implemented in the fourth.
    McPherson was 25-of-47 from the field for the game, making 8-of-14 from three-point range and 11-of-17 from the foul line.
    Loecker finished with 20 points and was just shy of a double-double with eight rebounds. Ruder added 16 points, while junior Janae Barnes had 11.
    “We just wanted to maintain our focus,” Strathman said. “We kind of thought we’d get a decent point spread, but we wanted to maintain our focus defensive. We ended the game with only seven turnovers, so we did a great of job of taking care of the basketball.”
    The win sets up a semifinal showdown with sub-state two seed Clay Center, who defeated Concordia 47-39 Tuesday night.
    “Clay Center is going to be a very tough opponent,” Strathman said. “They have some capable scorers and a good defense as well.”
    The path through sub-state doesn’t get any easier if the Bullpups get past Clay Center, as Hesston or Abilene await in the championships.
    “In our sub-state, four of the top six ranked (4A) teams are going to be left at home,” Strathman said. “It’s a shame it’s got to be that way, but hopefully our girls push through.”
    Page 2 of 2 - All games from this point on in sub-state will be played at Abilene High School. The Lady Pups will face off with Clay Center Friday night in the 6 p.m. game. Abilene and Hesston will be the 7:30 p.m. game.
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