Girls basketball emerges victorious against Shawnee Mission South

The Jaguars defeated the Raiders 56-43 on Friday, Jan. 22

Nora Lucas, JagWire editor-in-chief

Girls basketball won against the Shawnee Mission South Raiders 56-43 on Friday, Jan. 22, at home.

Before the game, team members expected ferocious opposition.

“We knew that they were gonna be a tough team,” freshman Claire Kaifes said. “So, we had it in our minds that we had to be tougher.”

At the end of the first quarter, the score was 15-12, Raiders. This encouraged the team to play harder during a close start to the game.

“[During the] first quarter, we allowed 15 points,” Kaifes said. “That’s a little too much for us, but after that we really bounced back and did well.”

Kaifes scored a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, pulling the Jaguars ahead. At halftime, the score was 27-22 Jaguars.

Once the team got ahead, it took advantage of the lead and worked harder during the second half.

“We knew they had some speed,” sophomore Adde Hinkle said. “We had to keep them in front of us and play hard and together. And, for the most part, we did.”

At the end of third quarter, the score was 33-32, Jaguars, due to a couple of late shots by the Raiders.

The pep band gave the team additional support when it left the stands during the third quarter to cheer with the student section.

“We’ve never had a student section like that before,” Kaifes said. “It was lit.”

With extra energy, the game ended 56-43, Jaguars.

“We stuck with it, kept playing tough and pushing through,” Hinkle said.

In order to prepare for next week, Hinkle said dedication is most important.

“We just have to come to practice every day, focus to get better and play to the best of our ability,” Hinkle said.

The Jaguars will play in the El Dorado tournament next Thursday, Jan. 28, and Friday, Jan. 29.

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