Boys basketball falls to Shawnee Mission North in first round of substate

The boys basketball season ended on Monday, Feb 25 after a loss to Shawnee Mission North with a score of 55-46

Jakob Twigg, JagWire sports editor

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  • As his opponent trying to stop him, senior Matty Wittenauer makes a hard drive towards the basket. In the first round of substate against Shawnee Mission North on Monday, Feb. 25 the Jags fell with a final score of 55-46.

  • With his opponent at his back, sophomore Peter Jansen shoots the ball.

  • With two opponents trapping him, senior Matty Wittenauer dribbles past them.

  • As junior Jack McGuire goes up for a layup, his opponent blocks him.

  • As his opponent runs with the ball, senior Matty Wittenauer tries to stop him.

  • With the ball in his hand, junior Braeden Wiltse looks to pass it.

  • At half court, junior Braeden Wiltse tries to recover the ball from his opponent.

  • As his opponent attempts to block the shot, junior Braeden Wiltse shoots the ball.

  • Looking towards the basket, senior Seth Hobson shoots the ball.

  • As his opponent defends him, senior Matty Wittenauer tries to dribble past him.

  • With their opponent at the rim, seniors Matty Wittenauer and James Smith try to block him.

  • With his opponent in front of him, senior Seth Hobson looks for a teammate to pass to.

  • As his opponent tries to stop him, senior Nick Davie dribbles towards the basket.

  • In the third quarter, sophomore Peter Jansen passes the ball to senior Seth Hobson.

  • After a timeout during the second half, players walk back onto the court.

  • Getting ready to shoot a free throw, junior Jack McGuire dribbles the ball.

  • Jumping high, senior Matty Wittenauer grabs an offensive rebound.

  • While on offense, senior Matty Wittenauer brings the ball to the basket.

  • Penetrating the lane, junior Braeden Wiltse attempts to score.

  • Looking for a teammate, junior Braeden Wiltse picks up the ball.

  • Going against Shawnee Mission North player, senior Nick Davie guards his opponent.

  • Shooting a layup, junior Jack McGuire attempts to score.

  • Driving the ball down the court, senior Matty Wittenauer looks for a teammate to pass the ball to.

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The boys basketball team lost to the Shawnee Mission North Indians with a final score of 55-46 on Monday, Feb 25. The Jaguars suffered a hard fought defeat, bringing an end to their season.

Despite the loss, junior Braedan Wiltse believes that the Jaguars played well during the first half.

“First half, we were doing a lot of things right; they were hitting shots, but we were hitting our shots [too],” Wiltse said. “Second half, we just made some costly mistakes that let them get away. It was a hard fought game, but what it came down to was us not making some of the best decisions towards the end of it.”

The Jaguars trailed in the first half; however, the team kept close with SMN and ended the first half behind by three points.

According to head coach Michael Bennett, the Jags switched up their defense during the second half to stop SMN’s transitions and slow their offense.

“They got some easy buckets off of steals, so we tried to make them play more of a half court offense and go against five defenders rather than three or four,” Bennett said. “We told our kids to be patient and get the shots that we wanted.”

After a couple of quick turnovers during the third quarter, SMN’s lead widened, and the Jaguars fought to close the gap throughout the remainder of the game.

The Jaguars finished 2-18 this basketball season, but Bennett believes that they will be ready to compete next year.

“Our kids are getting ready for club basketball, which they will start in March,” Bennett said. “Then they will come back and we will start our summer training in late May, through June. The whole goal is to play more, and do as much as we can to get ready for [next] season.”

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