McPherson Optimist Club

PO Box 293, McPherson, KS

Mid America Classic

Feb 11, 2015

2015 Mid America Classic

Category: MAC Classic
Posted by: bramil

The 20th Annual Mid America Classic mid-season girl’s high school basketball tournament was another huge success.  The event is co-sponsored by the McPherson Optimist Club and USD 418.

The first day saw the top 4 seeds roll to easy victories.  Starting off the day, Olathe South the    #2 seed defeated Hays 76-27.  That game was followed with #3 seed Manhattan besting Valley Center 57-37.  The evening session began with Andale, the only undefeated team entering the tournament, defeating Wichita Southeast 66-30.  Finally, host McPherson, the #4 seed, pulled away from Dodge City in the second half to advance to the semifinals with a 53-35 victory.

The consolation semi-finals began Friday with Valley Center defeating Hays 53-36 and Dodge City beating Wichita Southeast 47-35.

The winners bracket semi-finals brought 2 terrific games.  In the first game, Manhattan came from 10 points down in the second half, only to fall short of upsetting the Olathe South Falcons.  The final score was 54-50.  Then the closest game of the day saw the McPherson Bullpups hang on to defeat Andale 47-46, to hand  the Indians their first loss of the year.

Saturday’s 7th place game began with the only overtime game of the tournament, as Wichita Southeast won their second game of the year, defeating Hays 57-55.  The 5th place game saw Dodge City go home with medals as they beat Valley Center 47-38. The 3rd place game was a battle of the Indians, as Manhattan overwhelmed Andale 49-36.  The championship game ended with the Olathe South Falcons defeating the McPherson Bullpups 56-41, in a game that was a 1 point difference at half time, and was much closer than the final score.

The All-Tournament Team, as selected by the coaches was:

  • Kala Holder, Olathe South
  • Taylor Roberston, McPherson
  • Gigi McAtee, Manhattan
  • Rachel Friedrichs, Andale
  • Dejanae Roebuck, Olathe South


The results of the skills competition were:

Free Throw Contest Winners:

  • 3rd  Audra Schmeidler, Hays 30 of 35
  • 2nd Rachel Friedrichs, Andale 30 of 35 (won shoot-off)
  • 1st Kylee Kopatich, Olathe South, 32 of 35   (A special note: Kylee, a KU signee, had knee surgery prior to the season and is out of competition for the season.  She was still able to participate and win the free throw contest)



Three Point Contest Winners:

  • 3rd  Kyli Webber, Valley Center 15 of 30 possible points
  • 2nd Brooke Russell, Hays 15 of 30 possible points (won tiebreaker)
  • 1st Taylor Robertson, McPherson  22 of 30 possible points  (A special note:  Taylor is a freshman at McPherson)


John Watkins Sportsmanship Plaque:  Manhattan