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Andover shooters down lady Bullpups

William Snesrud
McPherson Sentinel
McPherson's Lauren Labertew (2) tries to guard Andover Central's Jayden Newfarmer (14) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Andover Central High. Newfarmer scored six points as the Jaguars won their 37th consecutive game.

ANDOVER – It is hard enough to beat an unbeaten team ranked number one in the state, but to also beat them when they are shooting lights out, darn near impossible and the McPherson girls found that out on Saturday as they went to Andover to play the top ranked team in Class 5A, Andover Central, who promptly shot 54% from the field to beat the Lady Bullpups 62-46.

The Jaguars followed the shooting of guard Bailey Wilborn as she dropped in the net four three-pointers in the first quarter to lead the Andover Central offense to put 19 points on the scoreboard early and then follow that up with 22 in the second period to take a commanding 41-28 lead into the halftime break.

While McPherson was able to play the Jaguars close in the final two quarters, they could not make up the early deficit and took the 16-point loss.

On top of hitting 13-of-24 from the field overall, Andover Central connected on 10-of-16 for the game from beyond the three-point line which was good for 62.5% to stay undefeated for the season at 16-0. The last time the Jaguars lost a game was in the second game of 2019-20 to McPherson.

According to a radio interview, Lady Bullpup Coach Chris Strathman reflected on the game by noting, “They got away from us in the second quarter. You are not going to win games when you give up 41 points in a half and it did not help that we got lost a couple of times and did not make people bounce it when they were supposed to and instead allowed them to take some quick three-pointers. They are a great team, we will not see another starting five as talented or skilled as this group was.”

Kassidy Beam led McPherson with 18 points, including four three-pointers of her own, while Grace Pyle also reached double digits with 12.

The Jaguars were led by Ellie Stearns with 17, Wilborn had 16 and Brittany Harshaw chipped in with 15.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS at Andover Central

SCORE: Andover Central 62, LADY BULLPUPS 46

Now 12-3 for the season, the Lady Bullpups will be back at home in the Roundhouse on Tuesday when they take on Buhler.

The MHS JVs and the Jags played a defensive slugfest, with Andover Central emerging with a 26-22 victory. Harper Smith led the Bullpups with 9.

In a game that was dominated by defense, the Lady Bullpups junior varsity team lost by four, 26-22 to Andover Central. No players reached double digits as Harper Smith led the JV with nine.

It was three-straight wins for the day by Andover Central on the night as they also won the freshman game 45-34. Madi Moors led the Lady Bullpup freshman with 11 points.

MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (46 total points): Kassidy Beam – 18; Grace Pyle – 12; Emma Malm – 8; Peyton Howard – 4; Lauren Labertew – 2; Cameron Pelzel – 2. 3-POINTERS MADE (6 total): Kassidy Beam – 4; Grace Pyle – 2.

Andover Central (62 total points): Stearns – 17; Wilborn – 16; Harshaw – 15; Amekporfor – 8; Neufarmer – 6. 3-pointers made (10 total): Wilborn – 4; Stearns, Harshaw – 3