McLouth teams can’t crack win column during busy week
McLouth High basketball teams had a busy week this past week, playing three games in four days.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, both teams went winless during the busy stretch.
The girls team lost Feb. 9 to arch-rival Oskaloosa, 41-23, on the road and then followed with Thursday’s 48-21 loss to Horton and Friday’s 56-34 defeat against Pleasant Ridge. Both of those games were at home.
Horton had a 13-point lead at halftime (25-12) and didn’t look back. The Charger girls outscored MHS, 23-13 in the second half. Madison Blackburn had a game-high 14 points for HHS, with Daspin Bruning and Callie Hoobler close behind with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Madison Pope led McLouth with 7.
PRHS busted out of the gates in Friday’s game, spoiling McLouth’s King and Queen of Courts festivities. The Rams were up 20-6 after the first quarter. It was a more competitive second quarter, as PRHS only outscored MHS, 14-0 in the stanza, but the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome the 34-15 halftime score. Lindsey Heim had a game-high 12 for the Rams, with Mallory Wagner and Ashley Nooner each scoring 11 in the victory. Pope again led was McLouth’s leading scorer, this time with 11.
MHS fell to 1-16 on the season. The team played Tuesday in Atchison against Maur Hill-Mount Academy and finishes up with home games Friday against Jackson Heights and Feb. 26 against Valley Falls.
Boys still winless
The McLouth boys didn’t fare much better against their three Northeast Kansas League foes.
Oskaloosa won, 53-21, Feb. 9 at OHS and then Horton claimed a 62-24 victory Thursday before Pleasant Ridge won, 67-53, Friday.
Oskaloosa opened with an 18-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. It was 33-9 at halftime and 49-15 at the end of the third quarter.
Kyle Hopkins led OHS in scoring with 14, while Dalton VanHoutan also was in double figures for the bears with 10. Jack Arnett led MHS with 8.
Horton led, 18-7, after the first quarter against McLouth. The Chargers held a 15-5 advantage in the second quarter and 18-9 in the third in keeping the game out of reach. HHS had nine players score, including team leader Joe Winsea, who had a game-high 10. Josh Welsh led MHS with 9.
The Bulldogs’ best shot at victory came Friday against Pleasant Ridge. MHS trailed just 41-32 at halftime, but a 14-9 fourth quarter sealed it for the Rams. Scoring leaders for PRHS were Jagar Haack with 19, Brennan Hollinger with 13 and Derek Zule and Tanner Morris both with 11. Jack Arnett led MHS again with 16, Jace Carlton scored 14 and Brady Troupe 11.
MHS fell to 0-17 Friday. The Bulldogs played Tuesday on the road against Maur Hill-Mount Academy. MHS finishes the regular season with home games Friday (Jackson Heights) and Feb. 26 (Valley Falls).
Wrestlers at regionals
McLouth wrestlers will compete Friday and Saturday in a Class 3-2-1A in Rossville.
Zach Thomas, Mystical Randal, Ricky Morris and Trystan Williams are wrestling on a combined team with Oskaloosa.
For the postseason, the wrestlers will only represent McLouth, per Kansas State High School Activities rules. State will be Feb. 26 and 27 at Fort Hays State University.