McPherson's Grace Pyle levelling up from high school to college basketball at Pittsburg State

Dylan Sherwood
Salina Journal
McPherson's Grace Pyle (21) drives to the basket with Louisburg's Madilyn Melton (31) on her side during the KBCA all-star game Saturday at Mabee Arena in Salina.

SALINA — Grace Pyle's four-year basketball career at McPherson was one she'll remember.

She capped it off Saturday afternoon playing in the KBCA Girls All-Star Game at Mabee Arena on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University. 

Pyle led the Gold team with 14 points but fell 101-86 to the Blue team. 

"It was really awesome to go out there and close my high school career on a high note," Pyle said. "I'm just super grateful for all the coaching staff at Mac who have pushed me these last four years."

McPherson qualified for the state tournament in all of Pyle's four years. The Bullpups claimed the Class 4A Division I state championship during her freshman year, placed fourth during in Class 5A her sophomore year and second in 4A this past winter. Pyle and the Bullpups' chances at a state championship came to a halt in 2020 when COVID-19 concerns canceled the remainder of the tournament, but still, they were among the final four teams.

"I'm just so grateful that I got to play for the community of McPherson," she said. "It's something that I'll always hold dear to my heart and with all the teammates I've had over the years.

"I'm definitely going to miss my teammates and the fans. Mac is such a special community and getting to represent Mac these last four years has been such an honor." 

Pyle is now turning her attention to her collegiate career at Pittsburg State University. She's already been in Pittsburg the past three weeks practicing and adjusting to her new home.

Pyle got to team up Saturday with future Gorilla teammates Sydney Holmes of Maize and Karenna Gerber of Halstead. She also was a teammate of Emporia State signee Kylee Scheer of Cheney and went up against St. Thomas Aquinas' Madison Skelton, Beloit-St. John's/Tipton's Lauryn Dubbert and Olpe's Macy Smith. Skelton, Smith and Dubbert also will play in the MIAA next year with Skelton and Smith joining Scheer at ESU and Dubbert playing at Newman University. 

"I'm super excited because I think we have a good chance to be good in the MIAA and maybe even in the national tournament," she said. "It's going to be a good next four years in the MIAA. I'm super excited that I got to play against some of that competition today."