By William

HUTCHINSON – The goal at the beginning of the season has been reached as the McPherson Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball ‘A’ team won the Pioneer League Championship on Thursday on the road in Hutchinson with a commanding 38-9 victory.

With the victory, the 8th grade Junior Lady Pups ‘A’ team finished the season 12-1 and were unbeaten in Pioneer League games, winning the league title for the second season in a row.

“The lady’s goal was to win league again and they did just that making them back-to-back Pioneer League Champs,” explained an enthusiastic Junior Lady Pup Head Coach TJ Jackson. “This is a special group of girls as they are coachable, aggressive, know how to run through plays and tonight was showing off their ability to play great defense again.”

While seven Junior Lady Pups puts points in the score book, the team leader on the offensive end of the game was Karter Alvord who scored exactly half of the team points with 19 which included going a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line.

Talking about the first half, Coach Jackson said, “The ladies started hot and stayed that way for most of the game. We weren’t able to hit our three-pointers like last week, but that just proves the versatility of this group that they were able to adjust and score from the inside and the team was 12-of-16 from the free throw line. The ladies have improved their ability to drive and finish or go up strong and make them foul you to stop you.”

When reflecting on the second half of the game, Coach Jackson continued by noting, “We slowed a little in the third quarter, but we also only allowed just two points. In the fourth we turned it back on and scored 12 to finish strong while keeping them to just three more points. We weren’t able to avoid foul trouble entirely, so we played a lot of ladies tonight and it was great to see so many girls play and contribute.”

Coach Jackson concluded his reflections on the game and the season by noting, “We are extremely proud of these girls. Their work and commitment to each other is obvious and they have grown over the last two years. We look forward to seeing them continue at the high school and keep up the tradition of success. We coaches say 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 as well.”


In a low scoring game, the eighth-grade Junior Lady Pups ‘B’ team closed out their season with a heartbreaking, two-point, 23-21, loss to Hutchinson.

Gabriele Mason and Kyndall Sandbo led the ‘B’ team in scoring as they each scored seven.

“The girls fought hard tonight,” noted ‘B’ team Coach Ellie Wingert. “Even though they didn’t come away with the win, I was proud of the effort every girl showed. They played great defense throughout the whole game, and it was fun to see the girls be so aggressive. We missed a lot of layups tonight, but overall, they played tough and didn’t give up! These girls have been so much fun to coach. They are amazing people on and off the court, and we can’t wait to see what these girls do in high school.”


8TH GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS ‘A’ TEAM INDIVIDUAL SCORING (38 total points): Karter Alvord – 19; Kaya Lowery – 6; Alex Romero – 5; Kyndall Sandbo – 2; Eve Malm – 2; Reanna Eilrich – 2; Jayla McLeod – 2.

8TH GRADE JUNIOR LADY PUPS ‘B’ TEAM INDIVIDUAL SCORING (21 total points): Gabriele Mason – 7; Kyndall Sandbo – 7; Jayla McLeod – 4; Myah Davis – 2; Analiese Bordayo – 1.

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