McPHERSON—The rivals from Hutchinson came to town on Thursday and the McPherson Middle School seventh and eighth grade basketball teams managed to win one, but lost two games in the process.

The victory came from the seventh-grade ‘A’ team as they scored a 25-point victory over Hutchinson, while the eighth-grade girls lost both games with Hutchinson by a total of just three points. There was not seventh-grade ‘B’ game.

7th grade girls score decisive win

When you open the game with a 12-0 run it helps the rest of the game come together and develop into a victory which is exactly what happened for the McPherson Middle School seventh-grade girls ‘A’ basketball team on Thursday as they scored a decisive 25-point, 25-10 win over Hutchinson. They did not play a ‘B’ game.

Nine Lady Junior Pups put at least one point in the scorebook for the ‘A’ team, led by Karter Alvord who scored eight. Eva Malm and Alex Romero each put up six points, Jayla McLeod and Kaya Lowery both chipped in four apiece, Kyndall Sandbo and Cailey Kueser each had two and Madison Moors made a free throw.

“It was really fun to watch the girls play tonight,” noted seventh-grade Head Coach Kaleigh Huxman. “We started the game in a new press we have been working on and went on a 12-0 run. This group has great awareness and anticipation for where the ball is going to be passed by the other team. We were able to get everyone involved tonight and nine of them scored.”

Next up for the seventh-grade girls basketball teams will be on Monday, January 14 when they host Salina Lakewood.

8th Grade Lady Pups Drop Two Heartbreakers

It was a major case of heartbreak for both the eighth-grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ girls basketball teams as the ‘A’ team dropped a one—point, 24-23 gut wrencher to Hutchinson while the ‘B’ team was handed a two-point, 20-18, loss.

In the ‘A’ game, the Lady Junior Pups spent much of the first half playing slow and at one point were down by six before getting their offense rolling and almost scoring a victory before losing the 24-23 heartbreaker.

“Our girls played a great game,” commented Head Coach TJ Jackson in his post-game reflections. “We started slow and were make some uncharacteristic mistakes that hurt us initially. When we finally started to play better, we ran our offensive sets and simply played with more energy than when we started. It wasn’t until there was about a minute left in the game that we saw things we can really learn from and will be able to address and help the girls grow. We ended up losing on a last second three-point shot after a phenomenal effort and show of teamwork from our girls to come back from being behind.”

Alexis Dukes reached double digits for the Lady Junior Pups with 10 while also getting three rebounds and making five steals. Kyla Lang also made five steals during the game while Sayge Salmans, Ella Buschbom and Kelcie Kynaston combined for another seven steals.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better effort down the stretch,” added Coach Jackson. “Our record may not show it right now, but these girls’ attitudes and effort don’t reflect in wins and losses. We made sure they knew after the games tonight that the way they treat each other with respect and take care of each other in the ups and downs. Good record or not right now, relationships are going to allow them to grow and have a chance to be special together.”

After being down by six in the first quarter, the eighth-grade Lady Junior Pups ‘B’ team bounced back and sent their game into overtime before suffering the heartbreaking two-point defeat, 20-18.

“The girls played a great game against Hutchinson,” said eighth-grade ‘B’ team coach Ellie Wingert. “This is the third time we played them this season, plus we started the first quarter down 10-4. The girls fought hard and tied the game up at 17-17 where we went into overtime and ended up losing by two, but it was exciting to see the girls play together. Each girl that played contributed to this game, and I am so proud of the growth these girls continue to make.”

Tyla Lang led the ‘B’ team with six points as five other Lady Junior Pups contributed to the points on the scoreboard.

Next up for the eighth-grade girls basketball teams will be on Monday, January 14 when they play host to Salina Lakewood.

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