It was "Think Pink" night at the Roundhouse on Tuesday, and the McPherson High School girls basketball team were breaking the bank on the court against breast cancer and their league rival Buhler High School with a 62-27 victory.
The Lady Pups had a 12-4 lead until the Lady Crusaders caught up to McPherson with a 6-0 run after a back-to-back three-pointer by Libby Schultz and Amaleigh Mattison. McPherson led 16-10 to end the first quarter. It was until the second quarter when the Lady Pups got going when they went on a 10-0 run. Buhler's Maggie Epp stop the bleeding with a two-pointer, but McPherson was ahead of the Lady Crusaders. Buhler gave up 12 turnovers due to Bullpups' full-court press in the first half , and 25 turnovers total .McPherson was already ahead of the Lady Crusaders, 35-16, at halftime.
"They had some stretches where they really struggled with our pressure, and then they would go a few minutes where they handled it, and then they would struggle again," MHS Head Coach Chris Strathman said.
The Bullpups continued to put pressure on the Lady Crusaders in the second half. Grace Pyle had the hot hands as she nailed back-to-back three-pointers, and McPherson got a comfortable 50-22 lead to end the third quarter.
McPherson dominated offensively and defensively for the rest of the game, which led to a running clock. Pyle beat her career high with 18 points. No one reached double-digits for Buhler. Schultz led the Lady Crusaders with eight points.
"We were pretty sharp offensively overall," Strathman said. "The defense was also steady—pressured situations early on that we tried to get into. They handled and got some easy baskets, which we didn't like, but overall I thought our defense was pretty sharp too."
The Bullpups improved to 16-1 of the year and will head back on the road on Friday to take on Circle High School at 6 p.m. A win will clinch the AVCTL Division III title for McPherson.
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On a side note, the Lady Pups presented a check of $7,593 during halftime, which was presented to the Women and Children Combatting Cancer (WACCC). In total, McPherson has raised $46,771. Overall, it was a successful Pink night for the Lady Pups.
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