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MCPHERSON – Playing for the second day in a row since the Thanksgiving break, the McPherson Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball teams both handled visiting Manhattan though they did so in different ways.

The eighth-grade Junior Lady Pup ‘A’ team scored a dismantling of Manhattan with a 50-10 victory while the ‘B’ team scored a low scoring 20-16 win.

Next up for the eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups will come on Thursday when they travel north to Salina to battle it out with Salina Lakewood.


Seven Junior Lady Pups put points in the scorebook as the eighth grade ‘A’ team totally dismantled the Manhattan defense on their way to a dominating 50-10 victory on Tuesday.

Karter Alvord continued to have a huge early season by knocking down 16 points while Maddie Moors and Kaya Lowery each chipped in with eight.

“We played well tonight,” noted Head Coach TJ Jackson. “I am glad we will get a day off and a practice in before our next game as we do have some things to clean up.”

Coach Jackson pointed out the reason Manhattan struggled by saying, “Manhattan was down some athletes and we are very good, but we also let them do some things to us at times when we were lazy with some passes and lazy with our defense. We have to understand that games like this are just like any other and we can’t allow ourselves to develop bad habits just because we know we are going to win.”

Speaking of the offense, Coach Jackson continued, “I love that we spread the ball around more this game, and I am glad our girls are building confidence in their outside shooting. Overall it is obvious we did some things well offensively, but I still want to see better execution of the sets we have. We are going to out athlete a lot of teams, but we need to be prepared for when we see someone we match up with better.”

Coach Jackson concluded his post-game reflections by adding, “Defensively we press well, but our help defense is still a weakness. We can’t allow them to drive right past our perimeter defenders without a second person helping out. That will be something we work on for sure. The girls agreed that this is fun, but we can’t wait to have someone push them to make them better as well.”

8th GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS ‘A’ TEAM SCORING (50 total points): Karter Alvord – 16; Maddie Moors – 8; Kaya Lowery – 8; Jayla McLeod – 6; Alex Romero – 4; Reanna Eilrich – 4; Kyndall Sanbo – 2.


In a game much opposite the ‘A’ game, the Junior Lady Pups ‘B’ game was very low scoring as McPherson only had four players put points in the scorebook in a close, tough 20-16 victory. Kyndall Sandbo hit for 13 points to lead the team.

“The girls fought hard tonight, and cam away with a victory,” said ‘B’ team Coach Ellie Wingert. “Each team member played almost the whole game with little or no subs. This is tough to do against any team, and the girls did a great job of hustling and playing good defense. We struggled running through our offensive plays, but I was excited at how aggressive the girls were with their full court press. I am proud of how these girls stuck with it the whole game and continued to fight even when they were tied.”

8th GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUP ‘B’ TEAM SCORING (20 total points): Kyndall Sandbo – 13; Myah Davis – 3; Bentley Smith – 2; Jayla McLeod – 2.

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