Taylor Robertson set the tone, but it was a complete team effort from the McPherson High School girls basketball team in their 70-12 win over Winfield Friday night at the Roundhouse.
Robertson scored McPherson’s first seven points, while the Bullpups scored the game’s first 25 points in a game that quickly became out of hand.
The Bullpups did their job early, allowing all 13 players on the roster to see significant playing time. In total, 10 Bullpups found their way into the scoring chart, as head coach Chris Strathman was pleased with the contributions from everyone who stepped out onto the court.
“Overall, I thought the kids shared the ball well and really looked to push the ball,” Strathman said.
Robertson’s 3-pointer just six seconds into the game foreshadowed what was to come. The Bullpups led 25-0 before Winfield connected on a mid-range jumper with 37 seconds left in the quarter. The Vikings would tack on another field goal before the quarter was over, but still trailed by 21.
The Bullpups kept their foot on the pedal and were arguably even better in the second quarter. McPherson allowed two points in the second quarter, extending its lead to 37 at halftime.
Defensively, the Bullpups never gave an inch. They limited Winfield to four points in the third quarter and two in the fourth. McPherson used a full court pressure that forced Winfield into many simple turnovers.
The Vikings, who played without two contributors due to injury and illness, were simply overmatched by a better team.
“Our girls read their eyes very well,” Strathman said. “Winfield is a young team, which often times translates to telegraphing passes against pressure.”
Robertson led the way with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting. Riley Hett distributed the ball around with ease, finishing with a game-high 11 assists. As a team the Bullpups held a 30-12 advantage in rebounding.
The only thing separating the Bullpups from the Christmas break is a visit from Andover on Tuesday. The Bullpups won last year’s meeting at Andover, 60-29. Strathman expects a tougher challenge from the Trojans at the Roundhouse this year.
“We just want to continue to play well and work hard in practice, getting better everyday,” Strathman said. “Hopefully we can close out the pre-Christmas schedule with a win on Tuesday.”
Game time against Andover is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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