After a championship run in the Class 4A Division I tournament, the McPherson High School girls basketball team has been awarded Great Plains Federal Credit Union Team of the Week, as presented by the McPherson Sentinel.
Of course for the Lady Pups head coach Chris Strathman, it's one of many major accomplishments this year. Now Strathman looks back at the season, including the playoff run, and what he remembers the most about it.
"Obviously the state title was great, but how we won — that is what I will remember most. That is a game that will be remembered very fondly by everyone that was in attendance, listening on the radio, or watching online. It was just incredible to see the game unfold the way it did. Other than that game, I will remember this season for how this team came together and achieved every one of our yearly goals," Strathman said.
Strathman’s unstated goal was to win the state championship for his two seniors Mandi Cooks and Taylor Robertson. Both girls overcame adversity throughout their career, so it was only right for them to leave McPherson as champions.
"We have been so fortunate to have them as players, teammates, and the respect that our other girls had for those two players was off the charts. It takes a lot of things to make a championship team, but one of the most key ingredients is to have teammates that will run through a wall for each other. We had that and it was so evident in that championship game and celebration after the game," Strathman said.
As Robertson and Cooks are moving on to bigger and better things, replacing them will be a huge challenge. But when it comes to an elite program like McPherson, the team will are reload, rather than rebuild.
"It will be interesting to see how much some of these girls improve in the off-season because a lot of them made a ton of improvements from last year to this year. They need to keep working because there will be a lot of competition for spots again, as we have some very good returning players that we are excited about. We are also excited about some girls that the community never really got to see on the varsity floor much or at all. Several girls will be competing for opportunities next season," Strathman said.
The Lady Pups finished their season 25-1 and won their ninth state title in school history on Saturday over Bishop Miege High School.
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