Lady Pups Stay Sharp In Win Over Augusta

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Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr. 

One thing Head Coach Chris Strathman emphasizes to his McPherson High School girls basketball team is staying sharp, especially in the games the Lady Pups are supposed to win. Tuesday’s win over Augusta High School was as sharp as it gets for the Lady Pups from both ends of the field. The Lady Pups shut down the Orioles 73-22 and improve to 8-0 on the season. 

Kassidy Beam knocks down a three-pointer from the top of the key. [Sara Wilson]
The Lady Pups didn’t waste any time putting up buckets. Matter of fact, it took only five seconds after tipoff for Kassidy Beam to drop a corner-three on Augusta. In a blink of an eye, the Bullpups had a double-digit lead after a 12-0 run and was ahead 25-4 by the end of the first quarter. It only took two minutes for the McPherson High School girls basketball team to reach double figures, while it took Augusta high School until the third quarter just to reach 11 points. Augusta struggled to keep up with McPherson due to full-court pressure that set up by the Lady Pups. It will lead to a steal, fast-break and eventually easy buckets. 

“(We) really came out sharp,” Head Coach Chris Strathman said. “The energy is what led to that. Of course, Kassidy Beam drilling a 3 right off the bat always helps, but the girls just had such great energy defensively, getting them very uncomfortable, forcing a lot of turnovers which led to some easy baskets.”

As sharp was McPherson’s defense was on Tuesday night, so was there shooting led by the duo of Beam and Grace Pyle. The Bullpups shot 64. 4 percent from the field, 53 percent in three-pointers. Pyle and Beam combined for 49 points. Pyle led with 27 points off 14 shots while Beam had 22 off nine shots, a career-high. They also combined  9 for 13 from behind the arc. As much as the Bullpups enjoyed making the basket, they enjoyed sharing the ball even more. 

“We definitely like sharing the ball and playing team basketball,” Pyle said. “That makes us so much playing for these girls.”

Cassie Cooks added nine points, and Lakyn Schieferecke picked eight points. By the end of the first half, it was  50-9. Augusta had two points in the second quarter. No one from Augusta reached double figures. McPherson continued to lock down on the Lady Orioles all game until the game finally reached running clock from the start of the fourth quarter.

“I thought as a team we played really well,” Beam said. “I thought we shot the ball really well and I thought we having the long stretch off we came out in the beginning and I thought we gave our all and throughout we push hard.”

The Bullpups will be back on the road on Friday as they take on El Dorado High School for another league play at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

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