EMPORIA — McPherson’s girls had to battle some adversity early in their Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday against Basehor-Linwood.

Despite some early foul trouble, the top-seeded Bullpups led from start to finish in a 59-44 victory over the Bobcats.

"The 1 vs. 8 matchup is always tough, because you’re the heavy favorite," McPherson coach Chris Strathman said. "Fortunately for our girls, they’ve got experience and have been here a lot. They’re able to fight through the adversity a bit.

"I thought overall our kids did well. We’ve got to be more tougher and alert tomorrow."

McPherson (22-1) would have faced St. Thomas Aquinas at 3 p.m. Friday at White Auditorium in the semifinals. The KSHSAA announced Thursday night the cancellation of the remainder of the state basketball tournaments.

The Bullpups led 14-9 after the first quarter and led by as many 15 in the first half en route to a 31-21 advantage at halftime.

McPherson extended its lead to 14 in the third quarter with 6:15 to go on a 3-pointer by junior Grace Pyle.

The Bobcats kept the McPherson lead between 10 and 13, but trailed the Bullpups 47-31 after junior Kassidy Beam hit a triple at the horn.

Senior Lakyn Schieferecke gave McPherson its largest lead of the game with 6:50 to go at 49-32, but Basehor-Linwood gave the Bullpups one last run.

An 8-0 Bobcat run cut the deficit to 49-40, but McPherson was able to outscore the Bobcats, 10-4, down the stretch.

"They made a good run at us, because we started to get lazy mentally," Strathman said. "We can’t have any mental lapses tomorrow."

Beam led the Bullpups with 16 points, while senior Emma Ruddle and junior Grace Pyle each had 11. Pyle led the Bullpups with 15 points, as McPherson outrebounded the Bobcats, 42-33.

"She’s one (where) she can get on the boards, she kicks it out and pushing it into our offense," Beam said. "She’s a really big factor on rebounding.

Strathman said the Bullpups were able to spread the ball around with six players scoring.

"It’s very big," Strathman said. "We have some players that can make plays, and we were freed up a bit today to make some of those plays. I thought our kids shared the basketball to get each other involved."

Basehor-Linwood's season ends with a 16-7 record was led by Adell Gore’s 12 points.