Two of the premier programs in Class 4A meet on the basketball court Friday night in Andale.
The McPherson High School boys basketball team will look to deliver Andale its first loss of the season.
On Tuesday, the Bullpups ended Augusta’s undefeated season with ease.
According to head coach Kurt Kinnamon, Andale will be a different story.
“We have to try and be patient to get good looks inside the lane and attack,” Kinnamon said. “All the assistance and myself have watched countless hours of film… we’re just going to have to make some basketball plays. Fortunately, we have a bunch of guys who know how to make basketball plays.”
At 8-0, Andale is ranked fourth in 4A-II and looking to make a statement. The Indians did just that last year when they beat the Bullpups by 10 points at the Roundhouse.
The loss was the start of a 14-game winning streak for the Bullpups. Both teams return the majority of their firepower from a season ago, as Andale should be one of the toughest games of the season for the McPherson boys.
The same can be said for the McPherson girls. Andale enters Friday night with a record of 7-1 and is ranked third in 4A-II. After dropping its first game of the season to Andover, Andale has rattled off seven wins in a row.
Experience has been a key for Andale this season, as the Indians start five seniors. Those seniors will no doubt be eyeing revenge after losing 70-27 to the Bullpups last season.
“This is a good test for us going into our midseason tournament,” McPherson head coach Chris Strathman said. “Andale is a good team; we’ll have to be ready to play.”
The McPherson girls will get another fierce test on Tuesday when they travel to Newton. The boys are off until next Thursday’s showdown with Blue Valley West to kick off the McPherson Invitational.