Jaguars defeat league rivals 70-56

Jaguars beat the Bonner Springs Braves to improve to a 4-4 record

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Jaguars defeat league rivals 70-56

By Photo by Karissa Schmidt

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The ongoing rivalry between the Jaguars and the Bonner Springs Braves continued on Friday, Jan. 26 and ended with a 70-56 victory for the Jaguars.

The first basket of the night was a three-pointer by senior Ben Carroll, who led the Jaguars to a 14-0 lead with less than three minutes to play in the first quarter. The Braves added a quick five points to end the quarter 18-5, Jaguars.

Junior Mitch Perkins says having a strong lead at the end of the quarter took away some of the pressure of the night.

“[At the end of the quarter] we were relieved but focused,” Perkins said. “With everything that has happened with the team this year, it was important to play well. The good start relieved some of that pressure.”

The Jaguars had possession to start the second quarter, and sophomore Clayton Holmberg kicked off the scoring with a free throw. In the second quarter, the Braves scored 23 points and the Jaguars only 12, but the half ended 30-28, Jaguars.

Coronation for Winter Homecoming took place at halftime. The queen candidates were seniors Jordan Blair, Amanda Dotts, Abby Ford, Jordan Lawyer and Olivia Phillips. The king candidates were seniors Drew Boatwright, Ben Carroll, Austin Corbitt, Henry Midyett and Regan Wright.

Boatwright and Phillips were crowned king and queen.

After coronation, the game resumed with a Jaguar possession. Holmberg added seven of his 20 points of the night in the third quarter, and the Jaguars maintained their lead 46-40.

A 7-0 run by the Jaguars started the fourth quarter and brought the score to 53-42, Jaguars, with 5:37 left to play in the game. The Jaguars secured their win with sophomore Logan Koch’s layup. The game ended with a Jaguar victory, 70-56.

Perkins said it was great to beat their long-time rivals again.

“It felt good [to beat Bonner], but it’s become an expectation that we dominate the rivalry and beat them, especially on our home court,” Perkins said.

The top scorers of the night were Koch and Holmberg with 20 points apiece. The Jaguars next regular season game is at home on Friday, Jan. 31 against the Olathe Northwest Ravens at 7 p.m. The theme of the night will be USA.

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