With top-ranked Newton looming around the corner, the McPherson High School girls basketball team had one final obstacle to hurdle in the form of traditionally tough Andale. The Bullpups passed that test with flying colors.

Led by Taylor Robertson’s 24 points, the McPherson High girls rolled past Andale, 70-27, setting up a monster showdown next Tuesday at the Roundhouse between Newton and McPherson.

But before the Bullpups could look ahead to the Railers, they had to defend home court. Whether it was the scorching hot shooting or the pesky defense, McPherson overwhelmed Andale from the start.

McPherson shot 54 percent from the field and forced 17 turnovers en route to the 43 point win.

“A lot of things went well for us tonight; we shared the ball very well and found open shooters, but we also got the ball inside when it was avaliable,” head coach Chris Strathman said. “Overall I’m pleased with the effort. I’m really proud of the way our kids didn’t let up tonight.”

The Bullpups quickly overwhelmed the Indians, racing out to a 19-4 lead as Emma Yowell drained a 3-pointer in the closing moments of the quarter.

The offense continued to make shots while the defense held Andale to just 21 percent shooting in the first half. The Bullpups made 46 percent of their shots in the first half, leading to a 38-14 halftime lead.

McPherson kept its feet on the pedal with a 12-0 run to start the second half. The Bullpups outscored Andale 23-5 in the third quarter and led 61-19 before the running clock took over the fourth quarter.

All in all, it was exactly the kind of performance Strathman was looking for heading into Tuesday’s showdown.

“You’re not going to score 70 against Newton, it’s just not going to happen,” Strathman said. “They present some different obstacles than what we’re used to. They have some very good players. It’s going to be a great night.”

To go along with her 24 points, Robertson also brought down 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. Mandi Cooks pitched in with 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Riley Hett scored 9 points and had 4 rebounds, and Lakyn Schieferecke scored 7 points — all in the first half.

Tuesday is a girls only game starting at 7:30 p.m.

Contact Gallagher Martin by email at gmartin@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @GMartinSentinel.