Girls Basketball team falls to Blue Valley Southwest, 53-46, in sub-state championship

On Friday, March 6, the Lady Jaguars ended their 18-4 season with what head coach John McFall deemed a "champion's heart"

Kate Ocker, JAG people editor

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The girls basketball team fell in the second round of sub-state 53-46 to Blue Valley Southwest on Friday, March 6. The loss ended its season with a record of 18-4.

After the team trailed by 11 in the third quarter, the Jaguars came within two at a score of 48-46, BVSW, with only two minutes left in the game. The crowd stomped their feet and waved their arms in the air until the last seconds as BVSW claimed the victory.

“I’m extremely proud of our girls – they’re a very good basketball team,” head coach John McFall said. “We were with them right down to the wire. [We needed] just a break here or two and maybe a defensive stop.” 

Tears filled the players’ eyes as they walked off the court.

“This game was a hard-fought battle. This is the type of game we’ve been preparing for all year. I’m really proud of the way we dug down deep and came back tonight,” senior Savannah Rudicel said. “It was a lot of emotion tonight, that’s for sure, for all our seniors and I think for everyone in general.”

McFall commended the team for its effort through the game and throughout the entire season.

“[The season was] fantastic. The way that this team improved from November 15 to March 6 has just shown tremendous improvement,” McFall said. “It’s because they listen to me and they come and work hard everyday.”

Afterward, McFall encouraged his team in the locker room.

“The way I would summarize it is we showed a lot of heart and a lot of character. I told them in the locker room, ‘if we had won this game, I’d be talking about the heart of a champion,'” McFall said. “We showed the heart of a champion. We just couldn’t quite get it done.”

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