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SM Northwest fends off SMW in season opener

Danielle Rehor and the SM Northwest girls basketball team defeated SM West to open the season on Thursday.

Danielle Rehor and the SM Northwest girls basketball team defeated SM West to open the season on Thursday.

December 3, 2015

SM Northwest senior Brenni Rose (35) posts up against a SM West defender.

SM Northwest senior Brenni Rose (35) posts up against a SM West defender.

SM Northwest senior Danielle Rehor (left) defends against SM West's Kenzie Loe (45).

SM Northwest senior Danielle Rehor (left) defends against SM West's Kenzie Loe (45).

SM Northwest junior Emmalee Rose looks to pass the ball against SM West.

SM Northwest junior Emmalee Rose looks to pass the ball against SM West.

— Fueled by a big third quarter and timely 3-point shooting, the Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball team opened up the season with a convincing 55-41 home victory over Sunflower League rival Shawnee Mission West on Thursday evening.

After holding a 23-17 lead at halftime, SM Northwest outscored its opponent 18-9 in the third quarter to pull away and finished the game with seven made shots from behind the arc.

The Lady Cougars (1-0) were led by the trio of Brenni Rose, Shelbie McLain and Emmalee Rose, who scored 16, 14 and 11 points, respectively. Kenzie Loe poured in a game-high 21 points for the Lady Vikings (0-1).

“It’s always great to win the first one, get a little confidence and see what you need to work on,” second-year coach Tyler Stewart said. “I like that we never really panicked. We turned it over a little bit from time to time, but I thought overall we didn’t panic, and even when they made a little bit of a run, we always came back with another one of ours.”

The Lady Cougars took a commanding lead right out of the gates, grabbing a 13-3 advantage on a layup by Brenni Rose with 3:49 on the clock in the first quarter. Rose, who recently signed with Drake University, capped the period with a exclamation point, knocking down a jumper with three seconds left to hand her team the 15-7 lead.

The momentum was short-lived, however, as the Lady Vikings started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, cutting the lead to just two points at the 6:07 mark on a pair of free throws from Loe. Rose ended the half by nailing a step-back 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give SM Northwest the six-point edge at the intermission.

SM Northwest came out firing on all cylinders to start the third quarter and took a double-digit lead on a 3-pointer from Emmalee Rose with 5:14 to play. The Lady Cougars closed out the period with a 10-2 run, giving them a comfortable 41-26 lead. SM Northwest outscored SM West 14-13 in the final quarter to secure the win.

“I thought we really executed in crucial times of the game,” Stewart said. “They kind of switched it up to a 1-3-1 zone defense that they didn’t run a lot last year, so we kind of had to adjust to it a little bit. But we just kept fighting, and I thought we executed well for it being the first game.”

The Lady Cougars will be back in action at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday as they take on Blue Valley Southwest at Shawnee Mission South High School.


Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.

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