Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
After a week’s rest, the McPherson High School basketball teams are back on the court this Friday to take on Circle High School.
The Lady Pups (7-0) will have to put their undefeated season on the line against the Lady Thunderbirds, who are also 7-0 this season. Winner of Friday’s game will be ahead in the AVCTL Division III League Standings.
A week after their back-to-back wins over Dodge City High School and Piper High School, Head Coach Chris Strathman is making sure he has his girls healthy and ready to go.
“With the injuries we have, we are trying to keep our kids in shape but also as fresh as we possibly can, as we know our top players are playing heavy minutes in games right now,” Strathman said.
The Thunderbirds are coming off a 49-39 win over Buhler High School on Tuesday night. Circle is led by Kimalee Cook, who dropped 22 points on the Lady Crusaders. She also an aggressive defender, especially in the steals category. Mallory Cowman brings size presence at 6-foot-2. Cowman is a Butler County Community College signee for volleyball. Strathman wants his Bullpups to improve on creating more pressure on half court.
“We must improve our half-court execution as we head into the rest of January,” Strathman said. “Piper did a great job of getting us out of our comfort zone, we need to be able to combat that by still being able to execute our stuff against pressure and under the pressure of a close game.”
As for the boys, they don’t have to worry about Jude Warren dropping 50 points on them like the last time they were at Circle.
The Bullpups (4-3) are looking to bounce back after a 77-59 loss to No. 1 ranked Piper last weekend.
“Piper is a very good team and we played very hard against them,” Head Coach Kurt Kinnamon said.
A league win over a 2-5 Circle team is exactly what the doctor ordered. The Thunderbirds started off 0-3. Circle’s only two wins came from Labette County and El Dorado High School. The Thunderbirds are coming off a 60-43 loss over Buhler on Saturday.
Due to inclement weather, the basketball schedule has changed. Here are the following times for each game: