Andale girls win fourth straight game
McPHERSON About two weeks ago, the Andale girls had what could be labeled an epiphany against Hutchinson Trinity.
“They realized they could play good basketball,” Andale coach Mark Kerschen said. “And last Friday (in a win) against Buhler, it was ‘hey, we can play and do good things.’ ”
The confidence earned after handing Buhler its second loss of the season was critical for Andale as it readied for the McPherson tournament.
“We were confident coming in,” Andale junior Lauren Rowland said.
The confidence showed as Andale won its fourth straight game, beating Olathe East 56-52 in double overtime on Thursday in the first round of the McPherson tournament. Andale will play McPherson at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
“You get a little confidence, it’s amazing what it can do for you,” said Kerschen, whose team stumbled through two two-game losing streaks but is now 7-4. “We lost to Circle and Clearwater, and our confidence was down here. We had to battle and we got it. We gutted this out, so that should only give them more confidence.”
Andale led 39-32 with 2:42 to go in regulation, but Olathe East scored seven unanswered. Andale had to rush a last-second shot in the final nine seconds of regulation.
In the first overtime, Andale led 46-43 on two free throws by Brittany Meyer, but Olathe East’s Amy Waechter got free for a game-tying three to send it into a second overtime.
Olathe East took a 50-49 lead in the second overtime on a three by Regan Stone, but Andale built a 55-50 lead on a basket by Jaiden Easter and four free throws by Rowland.
Rowland finished with a game-high 20 points, shooting 10 of 12 from the free-throw line. She also had nine rebounds and teammate Kylee Ebert had eight.
“There’s a couple plays that they made that shouldn’t have happened,” Kerschen said of Olathe East. “We kind of got wound up in the game and forgot who we were guarding a couple times.”
Meyer finished with 13 points, while Easter had 10.
Olathe East was led by Regan Stone’s 16.
McPherson 52, Gardner-Edgerton 46 — McPherson senior Abby Pedersen is a three-year starter, and in the Bullpups’ first-round win over Gardner-Edgerton, she provided exactly what her team needed.
Sure, Pedersen provided 25 points with three three-pointers and 10 of 11 free throws.
But what she did during the course of the game was more than points.
“She’s kind of our stabilizing force,” McPherson coach Chris Strathman said. “She hit free throws at the end, hit some huge threes, too, off of sets and off scramble situations when they lost her.”
It was Pedersen who hit two free throws with 24.5 seconds to go, giving McPherson a four-point cushion.
“We stayed real calm, we took care of the ball, we were able to make our shots and just continue pushing the ball,” said Pedersen, whose team only committed 10 turnovers and had 11 steals.
McPherson’s Janae Barnes, who had 13 points, hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds to go. Ashtyn Schieferecke added 10 rebounds.
Shawnee Mission South 53, Wichita Northwest 36 — The score was tied at 17-all late in the second quarter and Northwest only trailed by four at the half. But SM South forced 28 turnovers and, in the third quarter, held Northwest to four points.
Cassie Pauls had 17 points, while teammate Calea Carr had 10 points and a tea m-high seven rebounds. SM South, which made 25 of 39 free throws while Northwest shot 4 of 8, was led by Allison Hines’ 15 points.
Andale 56, Olathe East 52
Olathe East: Hinton-Scott 2, J. Waechter 5, A. Waechter 12, Stone 16, Taitt 10, Schmidt 2, Nelson 3, Kincaid 2.
Andale: Easter 10, Meyer 13, Hunter 3, Maxwell 2, Rowland 20, Ebert 8.
McPherson 52, Gardner-Edgerton 46
Gardner-Edgerton: Plank 5, Bilhimer 7, Leffert 9, Tucker 7, Buie 9, Androff 7, Shafer 2 .
McPherson: Wedel 2, Bate 2, Willems 9, Hoffman 1, Pedersen 25, Barnes 13.
SM South 53, Wichita Northwest 36
Wichita Northwest: Steiner 2, Carr 10, Bagsby 2, Pauls 17, Williams 2, Hall 1, Grant 2.
SM South: Stollsteimer 9, Roberts 10, Holmes 2, Hines 15, Cossairt 3, Jarrell 1, Fischer 2, Sitas 2, Holler 1, Norton 8.