The McPherson girls basketball team will be a monster when the Bullpups are healthy. A solid case could be made that the Bullpups already are a monster.
Without Lakyn Schieferecke and Emma Ruddle, the Bullpups survived an overtime thriller on Tuesday at No. 7 Andover Central, prevailing 54-50.
McPherson trailed by five points at halftime and cut the deficit to two entering the fourth. The Bullpups were in good position, up five with just over two minutes to play, but Andover Central answer back with a pair of 3s to take a one-point lead. Grace Pyle put the Pups up one late in the fourth.
Down by one with four seconds remaining, Andover Central went to the free throw line with a chance to win the game. The Jaguars Jaden Newfarmer made one of two free throws to instead send the game to overtime.
For the second straight game, Kassidy Beam led the team with 17 points. Beam scored six points in overtime to lead the Bullpups to the narrow win. Pyle finished right behind Beam with 16 points.
Perhaps even more impressive than McPherson’s win on Tuesday, the Bullpups were right back in action on Friday at fourth-ranked Derby. In addition to being without Schieferecke and Ruddle, senior Andrea Sweat missed the game and is expected to be out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.
Down three starters against one of the premiere programs in the state, the Bullpups shocked Derby for a 49-40 win.
The Bullpups led after the first quarter, but went into halftime trailing by five. McPherson entered the fourth quarter up by three, and even led by as many as 13, and came away with the nine-point win.
Pyle led an extremely balanced attack with 12 points, while Beam also finished in double figures with 10.
McPherson returns home on Tuesday to face Buhler.