McPherson High School junior Kassidy Beam shut down Dodge City’s leading scorer Kisa Unruh as the Bullpups improved to 6-0 with a 51-30 win on Friday at the Roundhouse.
Beam was the primary defender on Unruh, who finished with one point and did not score until the 4:34 mark of the fourth quarter on a free throw. The rest of the Bullpups did their parts defensively, holding Dodge City to 13 of 45 shooting (29 percent).
“[Dodge City] is a team that can score a lot of points. The Unruh girl averages 18 or 19 a game,” McPherson head coach Chris Strathman said. “To hold her without a field goal, she was getting super frustrated.”
Senior Lakyn Schieferecke returned to the lineup for the first time this season. Although the Washburn commit only registered two points points, her presence on the floor was a big boost for McPherson.
“I thought she played well,” Strathman said. “She had to get her feet back underneath her in game action. Tonight was a good night to do that.”
McPherson scored the first 11 points of the game and led 17-4 at the end of one. While the Red Demons went on a 7-0 run midway though the second, the Bullpups closed the half on a 7-3 run to take a 31-14 lead into the locker room.
McPherson held Dodge City scoreless for most of the third quarter, but Kate Foster made 1 of 2 free throws with 1:42 left in the quarter to avoid the shutout. Both teams scored 11 in the fourth as the Bullpups came away with a 21-point victory.
Three Bullpups scored in double figures, led by Grace Pyle’s double double. Pyle finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. Kassidy Beam scored a game-high 14 points and was 4 of 6 from 3. Cassie Cooks was excellent down low, scoring 12 points on 6 of 11 shooting and grabbing eight rebounds.
Camree Johnson led Dodge City with 11 points, but was held scoreless in the second half.
Fresh off Christmas break, the Bullpups are right back in action on Saturday in Kansas City at the 810 Varsity Showcase. The Bullpups, ranked second in 5A, travel to second-ranked Kansas City Piper (4A) for a 6:30 p.m. showdown.
Piper hosted St. Thomas Aquinas, ranked No. 1 in 5A, on Friday and lost by one.
“Our girls know Piper is a really, really good team,” Strathman said. “We have our hands full tomorrow night but it’s going to be fun.”