The McPherson Middle School girls basketball teams were busy heading into the Thanksgiving break as the seventh-grade Lady Pups went 3-1 on Saturday at Clay Center before splitting a pair of games on the road at Hays on Monday. Also playing on Monday was the MMS eighth-grade Lady Pups, but they head into the holiday break suffering from two losses at Hays.

Both the 7th grade and 8th grade girls will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 with games against Manhattan Eisenhower Middle School.

7th Grade Lady Pups Go 3-1 on Saturday

CLAY CENTER— The McPherson Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball teams spent Saturday playing in a triangular type tournament in Clay Center and came home with two victories for the ‘A’ team and a split for the ‘B’ team.

It was a clean sweep for the seventh-grade ‘A’ team as they dropped Salina Lakewood by five, 31-26 before rolling past host Clay Center in their second game, 44-29. Karter Alvord was the offensive weapon to go to as she scored 17 against Salina Lakewood before pouring in 25 against Clay Center.

The ‘B’ team split their games, losing first to Salina Lakewood 42-21 before gaining a close six-point win over host Clay Center in game two. Jayla McLeod had an outstanding weekend, leading the ‘B’ team in scoring for both games by hitting for 11 against Salina Lakewood before dropping in 18 against Clay Center.

7th grade girls split with Hays

HAYS—Playing their third set of games in five days, the McPherson Middle School 7th grade Lady Pups basketball teams scored a split on the road at Hays before heading into the Thanksgiving break.

It was a tight game for the ‘A’ team as they extended a lead late to nip Hays 28-18. Running a balanced attack on offense, no Lady Pups hit for double digits, though Alex Romero and Karter Alvord came close leading the team with eight and seven points respectively.

“Coming off two close wins at the Clay Center Tournament this weekend, we won another hard-fought battle,” said Coach Huxman. “Hays was a solid team and was much taller than any team we have faced this season. The first half we struggled to finish shots and went into halftime only up by one. The girls did a great job of adjusting on defense and continued to get good looks at the basket. We extended our lead out in the fourth quarter for the final score of 28-18.”

Inexperience showed in the 7th grade Lady Pups ‘B’ team game as Hays rolled past McPherson 48-11. Only two Lady Pups scored, with Jayla McLeod hitting for nine of the teams eleven points.

“I am really proud of this group for their perseverance and never give up mentality,” added Coach Huxman. “Over half of the team is playing basketball for the very first time this year, and it is fun to watch them learn new aspects of the game every night. I am excited to see the growth that takes place in each of them this year.”

8th Grade Lady Pups Humbled Twice by Hays

HAYS—The McPherson Middle School eighth-grade Lady Pups basketball teams will head into their holiday break with practice on their mind as they were humbled twice by Hays on the road Monday.

It was a rough final game before the holidays for the eighth-grade Lady Pups ‘A’ team as they were more than humbled by Hays on the road, 50-26. Alexis Dukes, Kelcie Kynaston and Ella Buschbom each scored six points to lead the McPherson offense.

“The girls have improved in many parts of the game,” noted Head Coach TJ Jackson. “I have really appreciated the way they have continued to keep their heads up through the tough times. These girls are going to see their hard work start to pay off if they keep their head up like they have and continue to work hard at getting better each day. Hays was a strong opponent and did some things offensively that we struggled with covering. These girls are strong and will get better after this.”

While aggressiveness was seen by the eighth-grade ‘B’ team, they still suffered a 34-13 drubbing at Hays. Alexis Dukes led the team with eight points.

“The girls were a lot more aggressive on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Jackson. “We didn’t have many opportunities to run our offense all the way through, but we saw more aggressive drives to the basket. This game gave us more to work on, and I’m excited to watch this team continue to grow.”

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