El Dorado High School girls basketball team's first win of the season will have to wait another week because McPherson High School took care of business at home, 62-32, as the Lady Pups remain undefeated in their league.
"I thought our girls responded well in the last three quarters," Lady Pups Head Coach Chris Strathman said. "We definitely challenged them defensively to step it out because they were getting too many easy shots earlier on, but we did a better job after that."
Shots were flying early for the Lady Pups when both Lakyn Schiefercke and Hannah Hageman nailed a 3-pointer less than a minute in the first quarter. El Dorado showed some fight by knocking down shots of their own while the Lady Pups committed six turnovers. The Lady Wildcats were only down 16-15 in the first quarter.
"We talked about that at halftime. They played with great pace. They were getting shots in the first quarter," Strathman said. "Our defense obviously could've been better, but Coach (Jordan) Crawford really had them rolling, and I thought they did a great job coming out and being the aggressor. A lot of the teams that are 0-8 would be on their heels from the get-go, and they definitely were not. Credit to them and their staff for challenging them. They were ready to play."
After leading by one, Riley Hett gave the Lady Pups a comfortable lead after shooting a corner three. The Lady Pups shut down the Lady Wildcats defensively as they did not made a field goal bucket throughout the quarter. Despite lead ing 31-17 at halftime, the Lady Pups missed some layups that could've given them a bigger lead. El Dorado was outscored 15-2. They're one shot was from the free throw line in the final seconds of the second quarter.
Schiefercke didn't waste any time putting up buckets as she went in double-figures early in the third. She finished the night with 10 points. Emma Ruddle went flying in the fourth quarter as she scored six consecutive points in 51 seconds of the fourth quarter. Ruddle, only scoring two points in the first three quarters, scored 10 points all in the fourth.
"She wanted to come out aggressive," Strathman said about Ruddle. "Her offense was due to her defensive efforts, getting tips and steals, and that would lead to an easy basket. Her defensive focus led to her offense has been coming along too. We got to have it both ways."
Lady Pups' bench players also had a strong performance as they combined for 23 points. Andrea Sweat scored 10 of those points. The depth of the Bullpups' roster continues to be a big advantage for McPherson.
"They did well. I thought energy they came in off the bench was good," Strathman said. "They understand that we have a deep team, and a lot of times players won't get to play as much as they want to, but we can also throw some different things at teams because of our depth. It's a great luxury to have. Twenty-three points off the bench is nice to have all the time."
McPherson improves to 8-1 on the season, while El Dorado drops to 0-9. The Lady Pups will have a week off to recuperate while the McPherson Invitational is going on. After that, they prepare for the Mid-America Classic, which will be the week after.