Girls basketball emerged victorious over Tonganoxie

Nora Lucas, Mill Valley News social media editor

Girls basketball defeated Tonganoxie 62-32 on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at home.

The girls started out strong, but lost their touch in the second half. Despite this, they managed to keep their huge lead throughout the night and ultimately arrived on top to win the game.

“I think overall we were pretty successful,” sophomore Payton Shurley said. “First half, we all worked together. We had good defense and we moved our feet.”

Sophomore Adde Hinkle made multiple 3-point shots, which contributed to the lead by the Jaguars. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 26-6, Jaguars.

Not only did the Jaguars maintain their 20-point lead during the second quarter, they scored frequently while the Chieftans fouled out.

Many of these successful shots were by senior Catie Kaifes, who said the game was “good in the beginning.”

“We played pretty strong and we were blocking out a lot of their shots,” Kaifes said.

The score was 41-11, Jaguars, at the half.

According to Hinkle, Kaifes, and Shurley, the team lost focus in the second half. Though it was not reflected in the score, the ball went back and forth more frequently than in the first quarter. This, combined with some missed shots, led the Chieftans to score 10 points in the third quarter. By the end, the score was 51-22, Jaguars.

Kaifes said this change in gameplay was caused by a lack of effort.

“We got too caught up in the score, because we were up by 30,” Kaifes said. “We weren’t really trying anymore.”

The Jaguars quickly made up for it with a fast-paced ending, with multiple 3-pointers scored by freshman Presley Martin and Kaifes. The game ended 62-32, Jaguars.

Hinkle looks forward to the team’s next game against Basehor-Linwood later this week.

“I expect it’s going to be a tough one,” Hinkle said. “They’re probably going to want to beat us since we beat them.”

That game will be away on Friday, Feb. 26.

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