Girls basketball falls to Shawnee Mission Northwest

Girls basketball lost to SMNW 36-31 on Tuesday, Dec. 6 away

Michael Sandri, JagWire reporter

The girls basketball team headed to Shawnee Mission Northwest for its second game of the season on December 6. The game resulted in a loss with the final score being 36-31.

Towards the beginning of the game, the Jaguars struggled to gain their momentum. By the end of the first quarter they were losing 13-3.

The Jaguars gradually caught up to the Cougars, but really started scoring when sophomore Presley Barton made a three pointer with 30 seconds left in the second quarter. Shortly after, sophomore Trinity Knapp made a two pointer in the last 15 seconds.

The Cougars were winning 17-10 by the end of the second quarter, but the Jaguars made the score much closer throughout the third.

“The defense was stagnant during the first half and we weren’t together as a team,” said sophomore Claire Kaifes. “During the second half we really picked it up.”

Kaifes made a three pointer as the third quarter began, followed by another two pointer from Trinity Knapp. Senior Elaina Artis also scored a two pointer. Later, junior Evan Zars made two free throws and the Jaguars were only behind 19-20. The Cougars made some two and three pointers as well and the score was 24-19 at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter of the game was high scoring, with both teams shooting well. Everyone was cheering when Zars made another two free throws to make the score 29-30. Later she followed with a two pointer, making the score 31-32.

The game was neck and neck, but the Jaguars began to trail behind when senior Courtney Carlson travelled with only 41 seconds left in the game. The Cougars proceeded by dominating through the remainder of the game, which resulted in the Jaguars losing 36-31.

Although the game was a loss for the Jaguars, the team still benefitted from the experience and will have another game this Friday.

“We really improved defensively and rallied together,” Kaifes said.

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