Varsity boys win first game of season

Varsity boys win first game of season

By Miranda Snyder

The Jaguars beat the Piper High School Pirates on Friday, Nov. 30 with a score of 59-56.

Alana Flinn, Sports Editor

The Jaguars brought home a win at their first game of the season over the Piper High School Pirates on Friday, Nov. 30 with a 59-56 victory.

The first quarter began with the Jaguars leading 12-2 within the first five minutes of play.

The second quarter maintained scoring equilibrium between the Jaguars and Pirates, with the teams sitting at a one-point difference for most of the second quarter. The first half came to a close as senior forward Brett Hamilton made a layup, putting the score at 29-28, Jaguars.

“The first half was not executed very well,” sophomore forward Patrick Muldoon said. “Coach stressed that we couldn’t let [Piper] drive inside and we really needed to be stronger with the ball.”

With 2:27 left in the third quarter, senior forward Nathan Stacy, the leading scorer with 26 points, earned his fourth foul of the night and subbed out. With Stacy sitting on the bench, the Pirates made numerous shots, but senior guard Kyle Kain led the Jaguars on an unanswered 6-0 run.

“We really needed somebody to step up and be the leader of the night and that’s exactly what Kyle Kain did,” Muldoon said. “He led us to the victory that night.”

The game ended with a clutch stretch of free throws by Kain and Stacy, who returned from the bench, to win the game.

Senior guard Staton Rebeck said that the first game was a way to show everybody what to expect from this season.

“The first game was intense and a good game for us to start the season out with,” Rebeck said. “It showed what we needed to improve on, such as running the break, defense and free throws. We will keep improving at practice and be ready for Gardner on Tuesday.”

The next game will be at Gardner-Edgerton High School on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

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