The inexperience of the El Dorado Girls basketball team showed on Friday night as they opened the season at home against the McPherson Bullpups as McPherson rolled to a 95-24 win.

The Wildcats are a very young team and feature just one senior. That senior, Channing Kimble, exited the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury. The Wildcats were left with mostly underclassmen who have not had the chance to see much varsity time. Unfortunately for the young Wildcats, the Bullpups are one of the top teams in class 4A and cruised to a victory in El Dorado.

El Dorado scored the first points of the game as Hailey Eaton hit a shot under the basket. After that basket, McPherson outscored El Dorado 38-5 in the first quarter.

The Bullpups led 61-17 at the half, and closed the game by shutting out El Dorado in the final quarter for a 95-24 victory.

“We learned that the physicality of varsity basketball is a step up,” said El Dorado head coach Jordan Crawford.

“To open up with [McPherson] with a very young team, we knew the task at hand. It’ll make us better for games in the future. They need to keep their heads up, its just the start of a 22-game season.”

Hailey Eaton led El Dorado with 11 points and made five free throws on six attempts. Mallory Parsons added six points for the Wildcats. Kelsi McLaren and Madi Michaelis each had three points.