Girls basketball wins 56-44 against Olathe West

The Jags won the first of two substate games on Thursday, Feb. 28

Hannah Chern, JagWire news editor, Mill Valley News social media editor

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  • The girls basketball team defeated Olathe West 56-44 on Thursday, Feb. 28 and will play at Olathe North in the second substate game on Saturday, March 2. “We did pretty well together,” senior Presley Barton said. “We made shots and played good defense and were after loose balls.”

  • Looking up at the basket, senior Lexi Ballard strides to make a layup.

  • Dribbling down the court, senior Presley Barton looks for a teammate to pass to.

  • Reaching to strip the ball, freshman Emree Zars jumps above her opponent.

  • After a foul on Olathe West, junior Ella Shurley scans the court for a player to throw the ball in bounds to.

  • After a defensive rebound, senior Claire Kaifes races down the court with the ball.

  • Following a 30 second timeout, the girls break down their huddle.

  • After getting fouled, freshman Emree Zars takes her two free throws.

  • Playing defense in the final quarter, senior Claire Kaifes tries to keep an Olathe West player from getting to the basket.

  • After rebounding the ball, senior Claire Kaifes looks down court to find an open teammate.

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The girls basketball team won against Olathe West Owls on Thursday, Feb. 28 at home with a final score of 56-44. The win advances the team to the final substate game before state.

According to senior Claire Kaifes, the team went into the game with a strong mindset.

“I know that we wanted to start off strong,” Kaifes said. “[We wanted to go] out and get them down early and just keeping adding to the lead as we go.”

Throughout the whole game, the Jags held a strong lead against the Owls. At half time, the Jags led with a score of 25-13.

Kaifes is satisfied with the results of the game and how the team played.

“I am really proud of how the game turned out,” Kaifes said. “We all played very hard and I feel like we had players step up and shoot for a lot of open shots.”

Senior Presley Barton believes that the teamwork was a factor to their success.

“We all played as a team instead of individually trying to win the game and we all worked hard throughout the whole game,” Barton said.

Head coach Drew Walters believed that both offense and defense played strongly.

“We had some players step up and make some good shots and a lot of [our opponents

] buckled down defensively,” Walters said. “[Our opponents] had some nice offensive players and we limited what they could do.”

Though Walters always sees room for improvement, he believes that the team performed well throughout the game.

“Everyday, I think we can continue to build on [teamwork] but obviously tonight we were pretty connected and locked in,” Walters said. “We have been struggling a little bit defensively, but tonight we made some plays and played [well] together.”

Kaifes thinks that this game will prepare the team for their next substate game.

“This game was definitely a challenge and it kind of got us into that mindset for the next game. [It’s a] win and keeping going and if you lose you’re done [mindset].”

The Jags will play their second substate game away on Saturday, March 2 against Olathe North.

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