Overall, it was a night of celebration for the McPherson High School girls.
Not only was it homecoming, but it was also both the final home game for the regular season and the annual Think Pink Night, where the Lady Bullpups wore their alternate, pink uniforms in honor of cancer survivors.
El Dorado provided no stress, either, to the night's festivities, as MHS blitzed the Wildcats 15-2 in the first quarter on their way to a 69-15 win.
El Dorado Shot 2-of-18 from the floor in the first half and 2-of-17 in the second. The Wildcats were 1-for-13 from 3-point territory. Beel had all but one of El Dorado's first-half points. Aubrey Olson hit a 3-pointer at 6:25 in the third quarter, which was the first bucket of the period.
"We did a very good job of managing the game, even though it got a little out of hand," MHS coach Chris Strathman said of his team's dominating performance on both sides of the ball. "The girls really shared the basketball ball tonight. Our girls maintained focus pretty well."
The Pups held a 34-5 halftime lead going into the locker room. The true dagger in the game, though, was a 24-3 third quarter that saw the Bullpups hit six total threes. The McPherson bench started rocking at about the 4:36 mark when senior Brooke Bate had a solo run of 11 straight points, including back-to-back-to-back three pointers.
It was a run that had the entire team smiling.
"That was just so much fun," Strathman said of Bate's run in the third. "She's struggled from the perimeter this year, but she works her tail off for us on the defensive end. That was just a way that we were going to reward her."
Bate finished with those 11 points, tied for second on the team with Ashtyn Schieferecke. Janae Barnes continued her recent string of intense games by scoring 16 points and picking up the double-double with 10 boards.
"I think our seniors are all very locked in," Strathman said. "They know the end of the road is coming up here pretty quick. They've really been doing a very good job of setting the focus for the entire team."
At halftime of the girls', McPherson presented a check to Women and Children Combating Cancer during a special ceremony honoring three cancer survivors. The Lady Bullpups raised $3,300.52 that will go entirely towards WACC.
The freshman girls started out the night on a high note, defeating El Dorado 31-20. Jordan Bruner led the way with 10 points.
The JVs played only two quarters due to a lack of players on the part of El Dorado. McPherson completed the sweep 31-2.