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MCPHERSON – With a quick turnaround from a couple of Saturday games, the McPherson Middle School girls’ basketball team still managed to dominate visiting Salina South, 54-19, in the ‘A’ game before dropping a heartbreaker one-pointer, 29-28, in the ‘B’ game on Monday.

In the Junior Lady Pups ‘A’ game, Karter Alvord once again led the team in scoring by hitting for double digits with 13 while Madi Moors also put double digits in the scorebook with 10 and Eve Malm just missed with nine.

“Tonight, was a continuation of how the girls played this weekend,” noted Junior Lady Pups Head Coach TJ Jackson. “We have been in a tough spot because our scheduling is funny, and practice has been at a minimum. I told the girls before the game that we are going to need to be able to learn on the run some, and tonight they did just that defensively. The girls shot lights out, were very aggressive in most aspects of the game and our rebounding was light years better than last week. We are so proud of their ability to grow on the fly.”

Speaking of his team’s offense, Coach Jackson continued by saying, “Offensively the girls did so many parts well as we scored more from the outside then we have been able to so far this year. When we wanted to go to the posts, they did and when we wanted them to drive and be aggressive, they did as well. The way they played tonight we could have put up 60-70 points if we let them keep pushing like they did in the first three quarters.”

Covering the Junior Lady Pups play on defense, Coach Jackson added, “Defensively is the one spot where I would like to see a bit more urgency. We knew they were short playmakers, but I don’t care if they have three good players or none, we need to take pride in moving aggressively on defense every time we go down the court, not just when we have someone pushing us.”

Coach Jackson concluded his post-game reflections when he said, “We absolutely love when we can get so many players in and tonight, we got in the game 10 players. The more quality time on the court our girls can get in games like this, that experience will help when we need everyone in tighter games. These girls are doing all the things they need to do in order to meet their goals. If they keep shooting for that, and preparing like that, they are going to continue to be so fun to watch.”

It was a heartbreaker for the eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups ‘B’ team as they lost by just one point, 29-28 to Salina South. Kyndall Sandbo and Alex Romero led the scoring with six and five points each as eight girls put at least a pair of points in the scorebook.

“Tonight, was a hard-fought game,” explained ‘B’ team Coach Ellie Wingert. “The girls had a nice lead at halftime, but then struggled adjusting to a press after the break. Once we calmed down and made better passes, the girls continued to play a close, aggressive game. Towards the end of the game, we started running through our offenses, and were able to get the ball inside to our posts. We struggled with making smart passes, but we can continue to grow in this area. It was encouraging to see eight different girls score in this game, and I’m proud of the group effort this team showed tonight.”

With the Thanksgiving break ahead, the Junior Lady Pups will have a week off before returning to the court next Monday, December 2 when they travel to Hesston.

8TH GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS ‘A’ TEAM SCORING: Karter Alvord – 13; Madi Moors – 10; Eve Malm – 9; Alex Romero – 8; Kaya Lowery – 6; Reanna Eilrich – 5; Jayla McLeod – 3.

8TH GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUP ‘B’ TEAM SCORING: Kyndall Sandbo – 6; Alex Romero – 5; Karter Alvord – 4; Bentley Smith – 4; Madi Moors – 3; Analiese Bordayo – 2; Myah Davis – 2; Jayla McLeod – 2.

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