By William / www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
MCPHERSON – Have a great shooting game and you have a chance to win, have a miserable game shooting and your odds of losing increase, that is what happened Friday at home for the McPherson girls as they had one of those miserable nights shooting and lost to Andover by 10, 38-28.
The Lady Bullpups took an early 9-4 lead by the end of the first quarter, but then were only able to muster four points in the second quarter giving the Lady Trojans the opportunity to catch up and pull ahead as they took a three-point, 16-13, advantage into the halftime break.
Five points were all McPherson could put in the scorebook in the third quarter while Andover earned their second 12-point quarter of the game, after which the Lady Trojans played even with the Lady Bullpups in the fourth quarter to hold on and earn the final 10-point road victory.
After shooting a miserable 18% in the first two quarters, the Lady Bullpups did hit on 28% in the final half of the game, both of which left them with a final dismal 23% from the field for the game. It did not get much better in their 11 trips to the free throw line as they only made three, or recorded just 27% made from the charity stripe. Andover connected on 39% of their shots from the field which wasn’t outstanding, but on this night was good enough for the win.
Lady Bullpup sophomore Karter Alvord led the team in scoring with seven points while senior Lauren Labertew and sophomore Madi Moors each had six while junior transfer Chloe Clevenger pitched in with five. Clevenger also led the team in assists with five.
Despite the final score, one highlight for the Lady Bullpups came from their work in the paint as they held a 31-30 edge in rebounding with seniors Peyton Howard and Lauren Labertew leading the way with seven and six, respectively.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR LADY BULLPUPS?
Now 1-2 for the first week of the 2021-22 season, the Lady Bullpups will be back on the hardwood Tuesday when they play host to El Dorado at the Roundhouse.
Andover Lady Trojans at MCPHERSON LADY BULLPUPS
SCORING: 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Lady Trojans 4 12 12 10 38
LADY BULLPUPS 9 4 5 10 28
TEAM STATS: Andover LADY BULLPUPS
Shooting 15/38 (39%) 10/43 (23%)
3-Pointers 1-4 (25%) 5/20 (25%)
Free Throws 7/16 (44%) 3/11 (27%)
Rebounds (Off/Def) 30 (10/20) 31 (11/13)
Assists 7 7
Turnovers 13 18
Steals 12 10
Blocked Shots 3 1
Personal Fouls 14 16
Scoring (28 Total Points): Karter Alvord – 7; Lauren Labertew – 6; Madi Moors – 6; Chloe Clevenger – 5; Peyton Howard – 4.
Three-Pointers Made (5): Madi Moors – 2; Lauren Labertew, Karter Alvord, Chloe Clevenger – 1.
Rebound Leaders: Peyton Howard – 7; Lauren Labertew – 6; Madi Moors – 5; Karter Alvord – 4.
Assist Leader: Chloe Clevenger – 5.
Leader in Steals: Lauren Labertew – 3; Chloe Clevenger, Ella Schmid – 2.
Leader in Blocked Shots: Peyton Howard – 1.