The McPherson women's basketball team beat the Randall Saints 86-69 Saturday night. The Bulldogs won their second game in a row and improve to 3-1 this season.
The Bulldogs started out slow, scoring the games' first bucket, but then watching the Saints go on a 9-2 run. Both teams had turnovers and missed point-blank layups. Maison Moseley and Brittany Roberts led the early scoring. Roberts dominated the first quarter scoring in myriad ways, putbacks, in transition and in the half-court. Kenajah Upchurch made some standout defensive plays and had some tough buckets. The Saints had seven turnovers in the first quarter. Bulldogs led 23-22 after one.
Tatum Griffin opened the second quarter with a three and Taylor Osborn followed suit. Brittany Roberts recorded a double-double with 6:03 left in the second quarter. The Bulldogs went on a 14-0 run to end the second quarter. Their suffocating full-court defense was successful in turning the Saints over. At the half, Mac was up by 15, 49-34.
Both teams started off the second half slowly. Elle Gillen was the first to take the lid off the basket for the Bulldogs with a tough 3 at the seven-minute mark. Danielle Holt was running, diving and sliding all over the floor and had nine points and seven rebounds. The Saints offense started churning during the third but it was swiftly locked down by a tenacious Bulldog defense. Erika Diaz brought energy off the bench, including seven points in the third. She finished with 10 points for the game. The Bulldogs led 65-47 heading into the fourth.
The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to start the fourth. The Saints didn't have an answer for Roberts the entire night. She scored six of her 14 in the fourth. Roberts also broke her own record for most rebounds in a game with 21. Britney Jarvis had a jumper and a silky three in the fourth, she finished with 12. The Bulldogs would hold their lead despite being outscored by three in the fourth.
"We still have somethings to work on, but overall I was pleased with how we played today," Bulldogs' coach Josh Nichols said. "Brittany set the tone on the boards and Britney Jarvis had a good day shooting the ball. Haley played well again and Maison continues to get better each game. I thought we left a few points out there as we missed some good looks and we need to do a better job keeping our opponents off the foul line. If we can get better in those areas I like our direction. "
The Bulldogs will be happy with their blowout win tonight, especially after such a tight first quarter. The turnovers came down tonight, and Roberts dominated the entire game. She finished with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and three assists. Moseley also had an impressive game finishing with eight points, three assists and two steals. Mac held their opponent to only 30 shot attempts and forced 30 turnovers. The Bulldogs out rebounded the Saints by 14 and bested them in second-chance points 32 to 6. That is a recipe for winning basketball.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Mayor's Cup, next Wednesday against crosstown Rival Central Christian College. The Bulldogs and Tigers will tip it off at 6 p.m. at the MHS Roundhouse.