Boys basketball falls to Shawnee Mission South 64-57

Sophomore Carter Kaifes led the team with 21 points Friday, Feb. 17 on senior night

Emma Rathbun and Bryn Simpson

The boys basketball team played Shawnee Mission South Friday, Feb. 17 on senior night with a final score of 57-64. Senior night commemorated cheerleaders, boys swim, boys basketball and girls basketball. Senior Nen Matlock describes the fight the team had during the game and his experience during senior night.

“The team played very hard and brought the fight to SMS,” Matlock said. “We played our hardest. Senior night was really special to be a part of.”

Between the girls and boys basketball games, seniors were recognized. Senior Sidney Claeys explains what it was like to be recognized and supported by the cheer team and her mom.

“My mom supported me the most in my last four years of cheering,” Claeys said. “She was always there when things got hard and supported me no matter what. She always showed up to games and competitions.”

Throughout the season, the team puts in the work to show up to the competition. Matlock describes how the season is going so far. 

“The season has gone pretty good for us,” Matlock said. “This season will make me miss playing with some of my best friends that I have been playing basketball with for years.”

With this being Claeys’s last season, she shares her favorite memory from the last four years of being a cheerleader.

“My favorite memory from high school cheer is making state finals last year,” Claeys said. “It was a great feeling and when I felt the most rewarded.”

With the rest of the season ahead, Matlock shares his favorite memory with his team so far.

“Senior night reminded myself of all the accomplishments I have,” Matlock said. “It was special to be recognized for everything throughout my high school career.”

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