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Sports The Salina Journal Saturday, January 4,1986 Page 11 McPherson buries error-prone Mustangs ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer McPHERSON — Hoping his team could generate early momentum with pressure defense, Salina Central boys' basketball coach Dennis Wahlgren went with a smaller starting lineup Friday night against McPherson. The intention may have been a good one, but it didn't work. The smaller Mustang lineup of James Veal, Darin and David Brummett, Taylor Jones and Brian Fink — all under 6-2 — couldn't handle McPherson's defensive pressure. The Bullpups converted 25 Central turnovers into 33 points on their way to an easy 71-45 non-league victory over the Mustangs. The win improved McPherson's overall record to 3-1. Salina Central SAUNA CENTRAL (45) Fink 7-12 1-1 15, Veol 3-9 1-2 7, Dorin Brummett 0-3 0-0 0, Jones 1 -4 0-0 2, David Brummett 1-4 3-4 5, Grammar 2-4 0-0 4, Armster 2-9 2-2 6, Deines 3-7 0-1 6. TOTALS 19527-1045. McPHERSON (71) Henson 8-11 6-8 22, Manor 4-7 3-4 11, Goering 5-6 4-514, Berlin 2-7 2-5 6, Pyle 4-5 0-0 8, Aplin 3-6 0-0 6, Koehn 0-3 0-0 0, Oakes 0-100 0, Alexander 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 1-2 0-0 2. TOTALS 28-51 15-2271. Sollna Control 6 10 10 19 — 45 McPherson IB IS 16 19 — 71 TOTAL FOULS — Salina Central 17, McPherson 14. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Salina Control 33, McPherson 32. TURNOVERS — Salina Central 25, McPherson 18. fell to 2-5. "In essence, that's the game," said Wahlgren in response to the 33 points his team yielded through turnovers. "It wasn't that they were pressing us all out in a man-to-man. They were playing a soft 2-2-1 zone press. We just lost sight of where we were going, and that's to the basket, not just against their zone press but in our half-court game, also.'' McPherson's man defense at Central's end of the floor forced just as many turnovers as the zone pressure. The quick Bullpups had 10 steals for the game. Senior guard Steve Henson had four himself on his way to a game-high 22-point performance. Henson, an all-stater, canned 8- of-11 field goals and sank 6-of-8 free throws in his best offensive effort of the year. "I was pleased with our shot selection tonight (McPherson hit 28-of-51 from the field)," said McPherson head coach Mike Henson. "The kids did a good job of looking for each other. We extended their defense and that opened Steve up in the middle.'' Henson admitted, however, that it was his team's pressure defense that made the big difference in the win. "We're a fast-breaking team, and to be a good fast-breaking team, you have to play good defense," Henson said. "Look at UNLV. Everyone talks about their fast-breaking offense, but they also play super defense. We work on defense in practice as much as anything else." McPherson jumped all over the Mustangs in the first quarter taking advantage of seven Central turnovers to take an 18-6 lead. Henson had six of the 18, including a steal and break-away dunk. The Bullpups' lead extended to 20 (36-16) by halftime and peaked at 32 (65-33) midway through the fourth quarter. "We felt we might have better success against them if we pressured them," Wahlgren said. "We just didn't attack their defense. I don't know how long it was before we finally got a shot off (three minutes). You have to give McPherson credit. They shot the ball well." Salina Central actually out- rebounded McPherson, 33-32, but hit only 19-of-52 from the field for 36 percent. Fink paced the Mustangs with 15 points. James Veal followed with seven points. Jeff Goering, a 6-4 senior, followed Henson with 14 points. Rich Manor added 11 from his guard position. "We played as close to four good quarters of basketball as we've had all season," Henson said. "This game should give us a lot of confidence heading into a tough week.'' McPherson will play Derby and Arkansas City next week. Both are strong Ark Valley League foes. Salina Central will play Friday night against Salina South in the Bicentennial Center. Murray LOS ANGELES TIMES Smith fires MC to 71-64 victory SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Ben Smith poured in a career-high 23 points to pace Marymount College to a 71-64 victory over Claremont-Mudd (Calif.) College Friday night. The victory, which unproved Marymount's record to 11-7, came in the opening round of the Tom Byron Classic. The Spartans will meet the winner of Friday's late game between Geneva (Pa.) College and tournament host Westmont (Calif.) College tonight at 10:00 (CST). Smith, a 6-3 junior from Junction City, sparked the Spartans to their second win on this four-game trip to California, which concludes with tonight's title game. Smith connected on 10 field goals and made 3-of-4 free throws to take game-scoring honors. "He kept us in the game," said Marymount assistant coach Gary Howard. Marymount built a 35-30 halftime lead over the Staggs. The Spartans' advantage was 12 points midway through the second half before Claremont trimmed its deficit to four points with 1:30 remaining. Howard said Marymount's 13-of-24 effort at the free throw line almost cost the Spartans their victory. "We just missed too many free throws down the stretch," the Spartan coach said. But Smith's scoring helped Marymount hang on. "He didn't miss very many shots tonight," Howard said. Smith was joined in double figures by Vernon Carter with 14 points, and Rich Hamilton and Doug Butler with 12 and 10, respectively. Mark Sisson was the lone Stagg to finish in double figures as the 6-5 forward scored 19 points. MARYMOUNT (71) Mansfield 10-02, Carter 62-414, Ward 00-0 0, Smith 103-4 23, Stephens 2 2-2 6, Belew 1 1 -2 3, Robinson 01-2 1, Butler 5 0-2 10, Hamilton 4 4-812, Dugan 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 2913-24 71. CLAREMONT-MUDD(*4) Brard 2 0-1 4, Thomas 2 2-4 6, Dill 4 1-29, Dibble 2 0-0 4, Daw 2 3-4 7, Sisson 9 1-5 19, Lammgis 3 2-2 8, Zalatel 31-47, Ham 0 0-0 0. TOTALS 27 10-22 64. HALFTIME — Marymount 35, Claremont 30. TOTAL FOULS —- Marymount 21, Claremont 25. FOULED OUT —None. Ell-Saline sweeps two from Pirates By GLENN KEARNS Sports Writer BROOKVILLE — As the players lined up for the opening tipoff Friday night, the boys' basketball game between Miltonvale and Ell-Saline looked like a mismatch. Ell-Saline was a lot shorter than the visiting Pirates and the Cardinals start four sophomores and a junior. However, being a young and shorter than the average high school team didn't bother the Cardinals. Yes, the final score indicated a mismatch of sorts, but it was Miltonvale on the losing end of a 58-47 score in the non-league game. But, Ell-Saline coach Dalen Rathbun wasn't very pleased with his team's victory, despite the 11-point victory which improved his team 3-1 for the season while Miltonvale dropped to 0-3. "We didn't play very well," Rathbun said. "We made a lot of stupid mistakes and can play a lot better, but we have a lot of players that can play." Rathbun doesn't really yearn for a big man, either. "Only if he's big and quick," he said. The game statistics proved Rathbun's point as the quick Ell- Saline team pressured the big Pirate team, with three starters 6-2 or taller, all game long and forced the Miltonvale team into 42 turnovers. Miltonvale did have the early momentum as the Pirates crashed the offensive boards and had a 15-5 lead at the 1:58 mark in the first quarter. Once Ell-Saline adjusted its offense to shoot over and around Miltonvale's big men, the Cardinals ran away from the Pirates the rest of the game. Ell-Saline narrowed the gap to 1713 at the end of the first quarter and had the lead at halftime, 32-25. Forcing Miltonvale into 15 turnovers in the third quarter, Ell-Saline had its biggest lead of the game, 4731, at the end of the third quarter. Miltonvale was able to cut the lead to 48-39 with 4:34 to play but couldn't come any closer. The Cardinals received balanced scoring from four players with Tom Omli leading the way with 12 points. Scott Griffin added 11 and Gary Wikoff and Brian Bolte had 10 each. Doug Chartier led Miltonvale with BOYS ELL-SALINE 58, MILTONVALE 47 Mlltonvale (47) Pfeifer 0-4 0-0 0, Moss 1 -5 0-0 2, Copple 5-9 00 10, Chartier 9-20 1-2 19, Revell 6-13 3-5 15, Tote 0-4 1-21, Vesterberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21 -55 5-947. Ell-Saline (58) Omli 5-11 2-3 12, Griffin 3-11 5-11 11, Wlkoff 5-7 0-0 10, Boilte 5-15 0-0 10, Lindsay 0-2 0-0 0, Holcom 3-12 22-3 8, Chavez 1 -3 0-0 2, Schulz 1 -5 3-6 5, Kramer 0-1 0-0 0, Wolling 0-0 0-0 0, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Chegwidden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-6712-2358. Mlltonvole 17 8 6 16 —47 EII-Salln« 13 19 15 11—H TEAM FOULS — Miltonvale 17, Ell-Saline 15. FOULED OUT — none. TECHNICAL FOULS — none. REBOUNDS — Miltonvale 47 (Chartier 16), Ell-Saline 37 (Griffin, Chavez 7). TURNOVERS — Miltonvale 42, Ell-Saline 21. GIRLS ELL-SALINE 41, MILTONVALE 31 MUtonvale(31) Turner 1 0 2, Bulleigh 1 0 2, Girard 1 1 3, Langenbeck 000, Foster 306, Lobaugh 4614, Raauch 102, Phelps 022. Totals 11 9 31. EII-Solln.(41) Peterman 000, Monica Griffin 1 0 2, J. Griffin 0 1 1, Michelle Griffin 4 1 9, Gleason 1 0 2, Simmons 306, Leckllder 6618, Longer Oil, Johnson 1 02. Totals 16941. Mlltonvale 4 13 8 6 — 31 EH-Sallne 11 6 10 8 — 41 TOTAL FOULS — Miltonvale 15, Ell-Saline 18. FOULED OUT — Lecklider (ES). TECHNICAL FOULS —none. 19 points, James Revell added 15 and Ray Copple 10. The Ell-Saline girls won their first game of the season, 41-31, over Miltonvale. The Cardinals, now 1-2 for the season, jumped out to a 10-0 lead and made it hold up the rest of the game, leading 11-4,23-17 and 33-25 at the end of the first three quarters. Dianne Lecklider led the Ell-Saline victory with 18 points before fouling out, while Melissa Lobaugh had 14 for Miltonvale. SE-Saline girls roll past Chapman GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline jumped out to an early lead and was never threatened as the Trojans posted a 57-32 girls' basketball victory over Chapman Friday night. Southeast raced to a 17-4 advantage after one quarter and a 16-4 scoring edge in the third period iced the victory as the Trojans improved to 3-2 on the season. Chapman 4 12 4 12 —32 SE-Saline 17 10 16 14 — 57 Chapman — Ramsey 02-32, Kickhaeler 2 1 -2 5, Meyer 1 0-0 2, Haslett 4 0-2 8, Barton 10-12, Elliott 02-32, Backhaus 31-47, Havener 1 0-0 2, Burgett 10-02. TOTALS 136-15 32. Southeast of Saline — Koesler 1 0-1 2,* Huebele 1 0-1 2, Riblett 3 3-3 9, Hays 2 0-0 4, Clark 1 0-7 2, Perez 2 0-0 4, Waddle 0 4-5 4, Griffiths 3 2-2 8, Lancaster 30-06, Cox 51-411, Everhart 21-25. TOTALS 23 11 -25 57. !-3jj: V ' >? v '$v"V t % ^''A** > Slv J t il - vl • Monty Dovli Central guard Kelly May peers around McPherson's Darcl Huber in search of an open teammate. Cherry's 29 boosts Central girls By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Sheila Cherry christened the new year with a 29-point outburst Friday night against the McPherson Bull- pups. And with her Salina Central teammates turning the ball over 20 times against McPherson's full-court pressure, the Mustangs needed every bit of their 5-11 senior's effort to struggle past the Bullpups, 51-48, in non-league girls' basketball action at Central High. Tammy Bunk guided McPherson to a 29-21 halftime lead as the 5-4 sophomore pumped in six straight shots, including three from the key and two layups after steals. But Cherry kept Central in contention while McPherson smoked the nets by dropping 9-of-10 shots in one stretch of long-range bombing. After three successive baskets by Bunk gave McPherson an 18-11 second-quarter lead, Cherry answered with five consecutive field goals on five successive trips down the floor to prevent the Bullpups from pulling away any further. Melanie Harkin contributed greatly to Cherry's success as the 5-4 Central junior fed the ball inside to Cherry seven times in the first half. With Harkin and senior guard Kelly May getting the ball inside when they could, Cherry accounted for every one of Central's 12 second-quarter points. Still, the Mustangs trailed by eight, thanks mainly to 11 first-half turnovers against McPherson's pressure MCPHERSON (48) Alvarado 0-8 1-2 1, Shoemaker 4-10 2-2 10, Reese 2-B 0-2 4, Bunk 6-9 0-0 12, Huber 6-9 5-5 17, Werner 0-4 0-0 0, Gannon 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 20-51 8-11 48. SALINA CENTRAL (51) Taggart 4-9 3-8 11, Brichacek 1-6 1-3 3, Cherry 14-231-429, May 1-30-1 2, Harkin 2-6024, Fears 1 -20-02. Totals23-495-1851. McPherton 12 17 5 14 —48 Salina Central 9 12 14 16 — 51 TOTAL FOULS — McPherson 16, Central 13. FOULED OUT — Bunk (M). TECHNICAL FOULS — McPherson coach Brian Cordell 2. REBOUNDS — McPherson 35 (Shoemaker 12), Central 35 (Cherry 12). TURNOVERS — McPherson 15, Central 20. defense — the Mustangs' achilles heel all season. But the Mustangs turned the tables in the second half, unveiling a full- court press of its own and a more aggressive half-court defense which undermined the perimeter success McPherson had enjoyed in the first half. Central's press forced four quick turnovers and Cherry took care of the rest, tossing in eight points as Central reeled off the first 10 points of the half to take a 31-29 lead three minutes into the third period. "I wanted to press McPherson, but I was afraid to because I didn't think Sandy could handle it," Central coach Sam Siegrist said, referring to his two-time All-City forward who had an ankle cast removed just four days earlier, after tearing ligaments in her right ankle a month ago. "But she handled it well. She's probably only about 80 percept right now. I thought, for her first game back, she did a good job. Her scoring helped us some." McPherson coach Brian Cordell acknowledged that 10-0 spurt triggered by the Central press as being pivotal. "Cherry hit a couple inside, we had a couple of turnovers and, all of a sudden, it's tied up and my girls started pressing just a little bit too much instead of relaxing," Cordell said. "Both teams played a real good ball game. The difference was: Sheila Cherry is just a good, powerful inside player and we couldn't stop her. I thought our inside girl, Amy Reese, did a good job on her. I don't think we could have done a better job on her, and she still scored 29." And she pulled down 12 rebounds, blocked four shots and collected five steals. "Sheila had a good game, and I was happy to see Melanie (Harkin) get 11 assists," Siegrist said. Siegrist was especially pleased with the way Central rebounded from their poor first half. "I think they were kind of embarrassed by their first-half effort, too," he said. "Sheila got real excited and emotional in the second half, and I think she fired the team up. I think when Sheila decides we're goint to do it, we do it. Junior captain Darci Huber, with 10 second-half points, led McPherson with 17 points. Liz Shoemaker pulled down 12 rebounds and contributed 10 points for the Bullpups, who fell to 1-3. Central, which nursed two- to six- point leads throughout the final quarter, improved to 4-3. Aw shucks, city slickers win it again Well, I guess the good old American farmer is in worse trouble than we thought. A bunch of corn-kickers from Iowa came out to the big city for New Year's and got shucked again. They came out with the egg money and blew it on the wrong shell again. They're going home, so to speak, with a deed to the Brooklyn Bridge and a watch that loses an hour a day and turns green on their arm. It's getting embarrassing. Another defeat for home cooking and mom's apple pie. Quiche is better for you. Throw away the fudge. We're beginning to wonder what's so great about the Fourth of July, picnics in the park, rhubarb and homemade jelly. I mean, you're going to have to start covering your eyes when these guys come to town in the family Winnebago with their pacemakers and the chicken salad. I bet they didn't even get Bob Hope's autograph or get to see Tom Mix's footprints in the Chinese Theater. These people are the salt of the earth. They feed the world. They just can't play football. They can butcher hogs, grow grain. Why, we wouldn't have frosted corn flakes if it weren't for them. But when they get to the Rose Bowl, they act like guys who just got off a truck with a straw suitcase and the rent money sewn into their jacket. They're ripe for the old pigeon drop and any other bunco games the city slickers put on them in wicked old L.A., where people take their clothes off in the picture shows and drink beer from a bottle- You folks all know the kind of things they do right there in L.A. And with the shades up, too. Whatever happened to Midwest verities, to Big Ten football? Don't they go down in the coal mines for players anymore? Don't they fan the corn rows for the boys who can plow without a horse and lift a tractor with one hand anymore? Doesn't anybody make biscuits and gravy anymore? It's enough to make you afraid for America. How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm if they keep getting beat, 45-28? It isn't as if they hit the bright lights. Iowa's coach kept his football team from visiting the fleshpots of L.A., like Knott's Berry Farm and Marineland and other dens of iniquity. He wouldn't even let them eat out. lowans don't hold with going where you've got to order off a menu. I never saw so much potato salad in my life. Rodeo Drive got a good leaving- alone from them, too. They don't buy anything that doesn't come in a catalogue —or give coupons. But, this time, they thought they really had the team that was slick enough to make them proud. Iowa doesn't come to the Rose Bowl that often that it can afford to get its hat pulled down over its ears and a note pinned on its back saying "Kick me." The last time Iowa came to the Rose Bowl, it didn't even score (280), but its coach, Hayden Fry, thought he could spot the trouble right away. It was going to Disneyland and all that honky-tonking, as he called it. Also, eating roast beef in a place that had tablecloths. I mean, how could a guy keep his mind on football in a place that had merry- go-rounds and monorails and Mickey Mouse? The biggest threat to morals since pictures started to talk. That kind of surprises you about Hayden, who looks like a pretty good city slicker himself. I mean, he's not Broadway Hayden, but he does look like a guy who has peeked at a hole card himself now and again. In fact, he might have known what it was when he dealt it. Hayden is a traveling man from Texas, and people who have played with him there say you better be sure to cut the cards. But, Hayden not only sheltered his team from the temptations of the magic kingdom, he didn't even bring his team out here till the dark of night, five days before the kickoff. He didn't land in wicked L.A., he chose a windsock airport out in the boonies, and his team came in wearing dark glasses like spies. Now, any man who chooses to prepare his team for a game in 80- degree temperature in a state where 20-above is a balmy day, has got to be a guy who would let you bring your own deck. Getting ready for a game in a field house you have to steam heat to 85 in preference to a place where to get 85, you only have to open the doors, is missing a point some- (See Murray, Page 13)

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