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.