MMS Basketball vs Salina Lakewood


The McPherson Middle School Basketball teams were back in action Monday night against Salina Lakewood. The teams were mostly victorious with only the 8th Grade Boys B team suffering a loss. Overall, an excellent day for McPherson Middle School after a long holiday break.

We’ll start off with the 8th Grade Girls A team who beat Salina Lakewood 25-19. In an atypically low scoring affair, defense carried the day. The girls only allowed 5 points in the first half. “The ladies played a great game on both ends. First-half scoring doesn’t show it, but our defense was great…Lakewood is a talented team and our ladies did a wonderful job shutting down their chances to score” Coach T.J. Jackson said. Karter Alvord led the team in scoring with 7 points.

The Bullpups scored 8 points in the first half but were able to put up 17 points in the second half. Coach Jackson credited this to their athletes, “In the second we were able to take advantage of them playing zone and we have great athletes that we’re able to drive and collect some short buckets and draw fouls. We were 8-11 on free throws tonight and that was a big part of what we did for scoring in the second.”.

Madi Moors and Alex Romero both chipped in 5 points and were integral parts of the win. “I was especially proud that we were able to put a lot of the ladies in and everyone delivered on one end of the court or the other. “Coming off of Christmas break the ladies did a wonderful job of playing tough ball and sticking with a fairly fast team.” Coach Jackson said. The win moves the girls to 10-1 on the year.

The 8th Grade Girls B team continued their winning ways with a 32-24 win against the Mustangs. Gabriele Mason had a breakout game accounting for almost half of the team’s points with a 13-point performance. “The girls came out strong tonight, and this helped us win the game.  They were up 11-2 at the end of the first quarter, and even though we struggled the second quarter, they did a wonderful job of fighting back to come away with the win” Coach Ellie Wingert said.

Kyndall Sandbo was also an offensive force putting in 7 points in the game. Wingert was impressed by the overall contributions of the team, “It was awesome to see every girl contribute to this game tonight, whether it was defensively or offensively, and I am proud of the hard work they showed coming back from a long break!”. The win gets the squad to 7-2 for the year.

The 8th Grade Boys A team eviscerated the Mustangs 47-14. Javyn Alexander had, perhaps, one of his best offensive displays of the season with 15 points. “The first time we played Lakewood they really pushed the ball on us before we could set our defense and it took us a half to stop them.” Coach Jay Crawford said. “So once we got our defense set they struggled against it. So I was proud of how we came out and played with energy and got after them on the defensive end, we really put pressure on them and pushed their offense off their sets.” Cory Muehler poured in 10 points for the Bullpups in the blowout.

“This team has really bought into guarding and we can still get better, The effort in which they play is really great and to see them play together is really nice. They are working hard at doing the things that our high school team does and they are getting better at it. We are getting better and they refuse to allow any team to play harder than them.” Coach Jackson said. Jackson credits the success of the team, which moved to 7-0 on the season after this game, to playing “The Bullpup Way”. “I told the locker room after the game that the best compliment a coach can receive is when someone tells them their team plays hard and both of Lakewoods coaches said they liked how hard our team played and how much effort and energy they played with.” 
The 8th Grade Boys B team suffered their third loss of the season to Salina Lakewood, 16-30. The team got behind early and struggled to keep pace as the game went on. “We knew that Salina Lakewood was going to be excited to start the new year off in front of their home fans, so it was important for us to get off to a good start. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t bounce our way and we got behind early 2-10.” Coach Grant Barrett said. “We weren’t ready for their length and ball pressure that they applied which made us uncomfortable and turn the ball over. The baskets went back and forth and we never seemed to be able to overcome the deficit from the opening minutes.” Alex Robertson led the B-team with 5 points.
All four teams will be back in action Thursday night, both girls’ teams play at Salina South while the Boys play Salina South at home.




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