Offense hard to come by in SMNW boys loss to SM South Friday
The Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball team ran into a wall Friday night in the form of the Shawnee Mission South defense.
The Cougars (3-6) poked and prodded but found very few offensive opportunities against a stingy Raider defense, eventually falling to South, 43-32, at Cougar Gymnasium.
“The interesting thing about South is that we came in here knowing exactly what they were going to do,” Northwest head coach Mike Rose said. “In the first half I had us down for six missed layups, so we had some looks, but just didn’t knock them down, and we had way too many turnovers in the first half.
I had us down with 10 turnovers. If we get 16 shots and 10 turnovers that’s just opportunities we’re turning over to South. It was frustrating and obviously it’s been going on for a couple of games. We just have to go back to work tomorrow and make ourselves better scorers.”
There were early indications that the Cougars might struggle with South’s defense. After Northwest sophomore guard Jake Horner tied the game at 2-2 with a left baseline drive, the Raiders responded with an 8-0 to lead 10-2.
A three from Cougar senior guard Blake Evans off a feed from junior guard Luke Fields just before the end of the quarter enabled Northwest to cut the deficit to five at 10-5.
South quickly expanded its lead to 10 at 15-5 to open the second period. The lead for the Raiders got to 11 when South senior post Dylan Christie deposited a bucket in the post from an assist by senior guard Eric Weber.
Another three by Evans off a dish from senior guard Chase Rader cut the lead back down to eight, but the Raiders scored the last five points of the half to go into intermission with a 25-12 lead.
Things got no better for the Cougars in the third quarter.
The Raiders slowly began expanding on their lead, and when South freshman Dainan Swoope nailed a trey from the right corner off an assist from sophomore guard Devin Newsome, the Raiders had their biggest lead at 34-16 with less than two minutes remaining in the quarter.
Still, the Cougars had one last surge left in them.
Senior forward Logan Unrein scored a basket in the paint and Fields scored another bucket on a drive into the lane as the quarter ended to make the score 34-20 going into the final period.
The Cougars then opened the fourth quarter with another 4-0 burst.
Rader sank a pair of free throws to open the period and he was followed by a driving bucket from senior post Bill Graves. With over six-and-a-half minutes remaining, Northwest had pulled to within 10 after trailing by 18 three minutes earlier.
However, South responded with a three from junior post Josh Pedersen and the Raiders kept Northwest at bay by going 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the game’s final 1:22. Evans led the Cougars in scoring with eight points, while Fields added four points, three assist and two steals.
Sophomore guard Keaton Cross also had four points as did senior post Jackson Foth, who also recorded three rebounds. Rader came away with four points, two boards and two steals.