It was the bench players the put on a strong performance for the McPherson High School girls basketball team that put on a strong performance in a 67-39 win over Wichita-Southeast High School on Thursday.

Ten of McPherson players scored at least once all night. The Lady Pups' bench players outscored the Lady Buffaloes 30-15. Cassie Cooks and Cassidy Beam both tied for eight points apiece. Grace Pyle was all over the court as she shot put five points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Andrea Sweat picked up seven points.

"Credit to our bench. It was a good night to get everybody quite a bit a time. It was pretty spread out, and that's always a good thing to do in the first night of three games and three nights,"McPherson Head Coach Chris Strathman said.

Riley Hett set the tone as she shot 2-for-3 from behind the arc, giving her eight points of the night. However, turnovers had been killing the Lady Pups as they committed five turnovers in the first quarter and 21 overall. The Lady Buffaloes had caught up to the Lady Pups with 8-0 run, tying the game with 1:19 left. Strathman wasn't having it as he called timeout right after.

"Effort wise at the start I wasn't very happy. We were giving up way too many drives, and that was our whole focus before the game," Strathman said. "In our pregame, we talked was you gotta go to the drive and not foul. They love to get teams in the bonus, and just make it parade in the free throw line and make it a choppy game."

The Lady Pups started to show dominance in the second quarter. Lakyn Schieferecke stepped up by making back-to-back perimeter shots and a three-pointer. McPherson outscored the Buffaloes 23-6. The Bench player remained the focal point as they put up 14 points in the second half. While Cooks has been dominant inside the paint, Beam chimed in with a pair of 3s' in the final minute of the third quarter. Emma Ruddle and Hannah Hageman also jot down a couple 3-pointers to put away the Buffaloes. Schieferecke was the player who finished in double figures with 10 points, which is exactly how much she averages a game.

The Lady Pups started to show dominance in the second quarter. Lakyn Schieferecke stepped up by making back-to-back perimeter shots, and a three-pointer. McPherson outscored the Buffaloes 23-6. The Bench player remained the focal point as they put up 14 points in the second half. While Cooks has been dominant inside the paint, Beam chimed in with a pair of 3s' in the final minute of the third quarter. Emma Ruddle and Hannah Hageman also jot down 3-pointers to put away the Buffaloes. Schieferecke was only the player who finished in double figures with 10 points, which is how much she averages a game.

"We're going to need to shoot the ball well, and honestly inside the paint with Ogleive being so long. It's going to be tough to score inside against their zone," McPherson Head Coach Chris Strathman said. "Hopefully we can get some finishes and some transitions when we get opportunities. Hopefully we get to hit some outside shots and be able get into our pressure because they normally have a difficult time with our pressure and hopefully that will be the case tomorrow."

Other Final Scores

Olathe South 51 Valley Center 31

Manhattan 81 Wellington 51

Ulysses 29 Dodge City 24

Friday's Game

Valley Center vs. Wellington at 3 p.m.

Dodge City vs Wichita Southeast at 4:30 p.m.

Olathe South vs Manhattan at 6 p.m.