SM Northwest girls overwhelm visiting Eudora
Shawnee The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls faced little resistance from Eudora on Friday evening as they easily captured a 74-27 victory over the visiting Lady Cardinals.
The Lady Cougars (5-0) were led by senior forward Brenni Rose, who scored a game-high 21 points, all of which came in the first half as SM Northwest built a commanding lead.
Jordann Nachbar scored 10 points, and Carson Vielhauer and Emmalee Rose each finished with eight. Danielle Rehor added seven.
The Lady Cougars jumped out to a 21-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and continued to pile on in the second. Brenni Rose led the charge, using her size advantage to collect several easy buckets in the paint. When the smoke settled and the halftime buzzer sounded, SM Northwest had a 47-11 lead.
“We wanted to play at our pace,” SM Northwest coach Tyler Stewart said. “We wanted to come out with energy because it’s a Friday night game, Christmas break is next week, and we had just gotten done with finals. There’s a great chance to not have a lot of energy, and we came out and took care of business, and I liked that.”
SM Northwest mostly used its reserves in the second half, but the results practically remained the same. The Lady Cougars outscored Eudora 27-16 in the third and fourth quarters combined, putting the finishing touches on the blowout victory.
“I’ve liked how mentally strong we’ve been for a majority of our games,” Stewart said. “We had a little bit of a slip-up against Shawnee Mission South there (a 54-42 win for SM Northwest). But overall, I thought our young kids have played well, our seniors have been good leaders, and I like where we’re at so far.”
Jon Poorman is the sports editor at The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @JonPoorman for all of the latest community sports news.