McPherson advances behind Pyle's career day

EMPORIA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Top-seed McPherson proved to be the better team in the quarterfinal round of the 5A State Tournament Wednesday afternoon.

The Bullpups moved up to class 5A this season, and took the competition in stride.

"5A, I think is one of the toughest classes," Grace Pyle said. "We had a goal in the beginning of the year to win it all, and that's what we want to do."

Pyle helped the Pups' case for winning it all on Wednesday. The sophomore shot a career-high 21 points with 4-5 from beyond the three-point line.

"That was one of her best games of the year, for sure, a career-high for her, so Grace played really well," Head Coach Chris Strathman said.

The selfless sophomore said it was a team effort to get to 21.

"I'm just grateful and thankful to have teammates that know when to give me the ball," she said. "Really it's just anybody, any night."

The Bullpups will advance to play St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday.