The winning streak continues for the McPherson High school girls basketball team as they defeated Andover Central High School 47-29 on Tuesday night at the roundhouse, improving to 2-0, while the Lady Jags fall to 0-2.
In the first half, the Lady Pups struggled to make their shots from behind the arc despite making good looks. The Lady Jags were managed to compete it close by the end of the first quarter, only trailing 9-7.
"We know how to shoot 3s. We had some good looks, and there were times that we got the ball inside and went inside out more. We took some quick 3s when we know we didn't need to," Bullpups Interim Head Coach Mike Reith said. "We have girls who can shoot 3s, and if they are going in, it looks great. When they are not going in, then it doesn't look so great. We have great shooters, and I don't want discourage them from shooting 3s at the same time. We have to make sure we are getting some good shots and get the ball inside. Especially when we have the advantage."
The Lady Pups started to turn on the jet as they outscored Andover Central 22-5 in the second quarter. Maggie Leaf has been controlling the boards from inside. Kassidy Beam brought a spark, coming off a bench after shooting back-to-back 3s, and McPherson end the 2nd quarter on a 17-0 run.
"Our girls understand offense pretty well for the most part. They understand the ball reversal. Things like that really helped them get looks, extra passes and inside out.
" I am proud in how we played. We battled through some stuff about. We battled through missing layups and shots that's not going in like they usually do for us. It's going to happen," Reith continued.
The run continued for the Bullpups as Andover Central struggled to stop Leaf as she scored back-to-back layups with McPherson on a 21-0 run. Leaf would finish the night with a double-double, putting up 17 points and 12 rebounds.
"Maggie plays like the way she practices. She bust her tail all the time," Reith said. " She's somebody that We count on and we know that she's going to give effort all the time on the board. That's what gave her opportunities."
For the Lady Jags, Jefferson was proud of their efforts to fight on, knowing they were entering in a tough environment and facing an experienced Lady Pups team. Bailey Wilborn, who had a strong first half, led with nine points for Andover Central.
"I was proud of my team. We had a bunch of young players and experience players. This is our second night out at the Roundhouse and played against an experienced basketball team," ACHS Head Coach Stana Jefferson said after the game. "My girls competed hard and never gave up, which is what I'm most proud of. It's going to be a building process, and I knew that, and we took a couple steps forward and gave good effort."
The Bullpups improve to 2-0 of the season. They will return to home to take on Derby High School on Friday at 6 p.m.
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