McPherson girls 71, Buhler 22

BUHLER — Taylor Robertson had no plans of a long night in Buhler Friday.

Robertson scored 22 points in the first half with 16 coming in the opening quarter as McPherson jetted out to a 29-4 lead. The Bullpup senior finished the game with 33 points, including nine from three-point range as McPherson dismantled Buhler 71-22.

Robertson, who committed to the University of Oklahoma in July and signed in November, said when she’s in the zone, nothing is on her mind and the main goal is just to win. After losing in the Class 4A Division I state championship to Bishop Miege a season ago, the McPherson senior said she’s aiming to finish the season on top.

“It left a bad taste in our mouths not being able to finish out strong last year,” Robertson said. “Whenever I go to practice, that’s always in the back of my mind. Hopefully, this year we’ll finish it.”

Robertson sat out the entire fourth quarter.

Alyvia Owens was a bright spot for Buhler, knocking down back-to-back 3s in the third quarter. The Buhler sophomore led the Crusaders with 10 points. The Crusaders fall to 5-13 on the season. McPherson improves to 17-1.

McPherson boys 57, Buhler 37

Jake Alexander was just setting the tone, knocking down daggers from the wing to hold off a Crusader charge. When Alexander provided the cushion on a corner 3 to give McPherson a nine-point lead, Ben Pyle stepped in to bury Buhler.

The duo alternated buckets for seven points in the fourth as the Bullpups went on a 12-3 run to skate past their rivals, 57-37, as McPherson sweeps the Crusaders this season.

McPherson defeated Buhler 59-48 in the first meeting on Jan. 2.

McPherson improves to 17-1. Buhler falls to 11-7 on the season.

Alexander led McPherson with 20. Pyle scored nine of his 15 in the second half.

Alexander drained a corner 3 to give McPherson a 41-29 lead over Buhler with 5:42 to play in the fourth quarter. It was the largest lead in the game at the time by either team. The Bullpups’ lead continued to swell after an and-1 by Pyle but McPherson up by 16.

McPherson outscored Buhler 37-20 in the second half.

“I try to stay aggressive and get my teammates as much as involved as possible and they do a great job at getting me the ball,” Alexander said. “Ben is our main scorer and we always help each other out. He made some nice plays tonight and the whole team did our part to win the game.”

Dalton Brown led Buhler with 15 points. The rivaled schools will likely play once more at substate. It’s a match that Brown is hoping for to knock off the Bullpups for the possibility to advance to the state tournament.

“Dalton Smyres, Grant (Owens), everyone just has that mentality to want to beat McPherson because we haven’t beat them in a while,” Brown said. “Beating McPherson is one of our top goals. In my senior year, I really want to accomplish that.”