The McPherson Middle School basketball teams took on Hutchinson last night. The eighth grade boys A team beat Hutch 52-35, the B team lost 38-12. The eighth-grade girls A team beat Hutch 38-9, while the B team lost a close one 23-21. The seventh-grade boys A team lost to Hutchinson 51-40. The B team also lost 38-17. The seventh-grade girls A team lost 43-20, while the B team won 30-17.
The eighth-grade boys A team improved to 9-0 Thursday night. Jayvn Alexander led the team in scoring with 16 points. Owen Pyle and Gavin Wedel chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively.
“I am very proud of our team, the toughness with which they played and how they stuck together and competed for each other.” Head Coach Jay Crawford said, “We knew Hutch would come in with a lot of confidence because of their one win against this team last year. We really came out and started the game well, we ended the first quarter up 15-4. Because of that loss from last season, this group wanted to prove they were the better team.”
Owen Fetsch led the B team in scoring with points. However, they had a hard time getting the lid off the basket.
“We were stuck in a scoring rut for about half of the game. Hutch played a zone and packed it around the paint which made it difficult for us to get the ball inside.” Coach Grant Barrett said, “Owen Fetsch shot the ball for us well tonight, and we will hope that he remains hot going into the weekend.”
The eighth-grade girls A team improved to 12-1 on the season and earned the Pioneer League Championship. Karter Alvord led the scoring for the team with 19 points, 11 of them coming from the charity stripe.
“The ladies’ goal was to win league again and they did just that making them back to back Pioneer League champs. This is a special group of girls. They are coachable, aggressive, know how to run through plays and tonight was a showing of their ability to play great defense again.” Coach TJ Jackson said. “We are extremely proud of these girls. Their work and commitment to each other are obvious and they have grown over the last two years. We look forward to seeing them continue at the high school and keep the tradition of success. Thank you to all of the parents for supporting your children and having them involved. These types of things don’t happen without the families being a part of it all.”
Hayden Hoxie led the seventh-grade boys A team in scoring with 15. The boys were outscored handily in the first two quarters before mounting a comeback after halftime. “Hayden Hoxie from the second quarter on imposed his will on the game being aggressive and getting to the paint on multiple occasions. He was 9 for 10 from the free-throw line and added three more buckets in the paint to have a total of 15 points” Coach Tyler Brown said. “Besides taking a while to adjust to the speed of the game, it was as if we wanted the win so much that it affected us mentally we didn’t execute offensively and defensively like normal. We have to improve upon our mental game and maturity before being able to compete with a team as talented as Hutchinson.”
Brenden Doile led the seventh grade Boys B team in scoring with seven points. The team was missing an integral piece of their team and also faced a press for the first time all season.
“Hutchinson deserves credit for executing a solid game plan and taking us out of our game. We continue to take steps in the right direction but I need to continue to challenge all my players in practice to continue to improve their skills and basketball IQ.” Coach Paul Reichenberger said. “With only three games left in the season, I hope our B team can learn from tonight’s loss to Hutchinson and grow as a team.”
Ellie Bower led the seventh-grade girls A team in scoring with five points. Addie Harlin led the seventh-grade B-team in scoring with 15.
“Hutch had two nice players. Girls played hard and competed. Coach Matt Sandbo said. “They finished the year strong and played well at times late in the season. “(They) played aggressively and did a good job getting to the basket.” Coach Sandbo said. “All of these girls improved throughout the year and played a lot of basketball.”