Bullpups advance to finals after 67-29 win over Wellington


Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.

Photo Credit: Wilson Photography

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Just another night at the Roundhouse as the McPherson High School girls basketball team put on another dominating performance in its 67-29 over Wellington High School in the second round of the Mid-America Classic.

Wellington was no match for McPherson’s high tempo offense and aggressive trap defense. After going 0 for 10 from the field, the Crusaders were finally on the board with 20 seconds left to spare. Ali Zeka led the Crusaders with 13 points. Shiney Hughes had nine points.

“I thought we were very disruptive to what they wanted to do, and holding them to six points in the first half is really good,”  Head Coach Chris Strathman said.

Three Bullpups were in double figures. For the second game in a row, Grace Pyle put on another double-double performance, and it only took until halftime to get it.  She finished the night with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. She also added four blocks and two steals. All in 21 minutes.

Cassie Cooks posts up for a layup for the McPherson High School girls basketball team. Cooks finished with 10 points and nine rebounds against Wellington High School. [Wilson Photography]
Cassie Cooks, who had a strong second half, needed one rebound to get her double-double. She finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Ella Schmid added a career-high 10 points coming off the bench, including a three-pointer at the buzzer before halftime. 

The Bullpups relied on their three-point basket as they shot 9 in the first half. McPherson was on an 11-0 run.  The Bullpups got hot midway through the second quarter as they knocked five consecutive three-pointers at 1:25. By halftime, the Bullpups were ahead 40-6.  Wellington finally saw double figures until later in the third quarter.

We were 9 for 20 at half from the 3, so we shot it well,” Strathman said. “We had a stretch where we were clanking them and we were not doing so great. Then we got the ball moving better and the three started going.”

The Bullpups will take on Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in the finals on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Northwest defeated Olathe South, 55-35.

It should be a great night of basketball. Shawnee Mission Northwest is physical,” Strathman said.

The Cougars, also undefeated, has been impressive during the tournament within their right. Northwest is led by Taylor Kennedy. At 6-foot 3, the junior has been a walking double-double as dropped 22 points and 14 rebounds against the Falcons.

“She’s just solid and really good.,” Strathman said. “A lot of times you see a girl that is that strong that doesn’t have any touch at all.  She has the touch and has great hands. She’s able to finish around the basket — a little baby hooks and things like that — so she’s a load. That’s our first priority is to slow her down.”


Final Stats:

McPherson Pyle 19 pts., Cooks 10 pts., Schmid 8 pts., Ruddle 7 pts., Shieferecke 7 pts.,

Beam 6 pts., Labertew 3 pts.

Wellington:  Zeka 13 pts., Hughes 9 pts, Gerten 5 pts., Henning 2 pts.





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