2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

Basketball roundup: Maranatha girls, St. James boys earn victories
February 22, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball team shut out Kansas City Christian in the first quarter en route to a 35-23 win over the Panthers on Tuesday. On the boys side, Zach Thornhill scored 20 points to lead St. James Academy to a 47-35 victory over Blue Valley West.
Basketball roundup: Mill Valley, St. James girls win; St. James boys upend Gardner-Edgerton
February 19, 2017
St. James Academy’s girls basketball team outlasted St. Teresa’s for a 39-33 double-overtime victory on Saturday. On Friday, the Mill Valley girls squad edged Blue Valley North, 61-58, and the St. James boys team topped Gardner-Edgerton, 71-57.
Cougars start fast, struggle to finish in loss to Vikings
February 18, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball coach Mike Rose has seen glimpses of promise from his team in Sunflower League play, but he knows full well that it takes a solid 32-minute showing to win most league games. Rose saw much of the same from the Cougars on Friday against SM West, as they jumped out to an eight-point lead in the second quarter before falling off pace in their 75-60 loss to the Vikings.
Short-handed Cougars falter in second half against SM West
February 18, 2017
Due to injury and other athletic commitments, Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls basketball team was without three varsity player in its 43-32 loss to SM West on Friday. The Vikings went on a 14-0 run in third quarter, and the Cougars couldn’t recover.
Kaufman leads SJA girls hoops in 45-35 loss to Gardner-Edgerton
February 17, 2017
The St. James Academy girls basketball team has had its struggles against some of the powerhouse programs in the Eastern Kansas League this season, but Thunder coach Greg Hohensinner had plenty to be encouraged about from his squad’s 45-35 loss to Gardner-Edgerton on Thursday. St. James grabbed its lone lead at 8-7 after a Mary Goetz layup, but a series of turnovers led to a Gardner-Edgerton 11-2 run to close the first quarter. The Thunder were unable to recover from the Blazer’s first-quarter surge, but they didn’t back down either, as they were only out-scored by two points the rest of the way against the No. 7-ranked team in Class 6A. St. James senior Emily Kaufman led all scorers with 18 points.
Keeping it 100: St. James sets single-game school record for points against rival Rockhurst
February 16, 2017
With the St. James Academy boys basketball team being just three points shy of the century mark in the closing seconds of its rivalry game against Rockhurst on Wednesday, there was one player in particular that the Thunder student section was hoping would hoist up one final 3-pointer. The St. James fans got their wish when SJA senior and Rockhurst transfer Zach Allinder drained a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to cap off the Thunder’s 100-81 win over the Hawklets. The Thunder knocked down 12 3-pointers in all en route to setting a school record for points in a game. Spencer Kaifes led the Thunder with seven 3-pointers and 21 points, while Zach Thornhill (20), Will Mckee (18) and Keenan Fitzmorris (17) also scored in double figures.
Basketball roundup: Mill Valley, De Soto, Maranatha girls win
February 15, 2017
The Mill Valley, De Soto and Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball teams all won on Tuesday to highlight hoops action in the Shawnee area. Mill Valley won a double-overtime thriller against Blue Valley Northwest, De Soto rolled to a 25-point win over Eudora and Maranatha held off Heritage Christian for its second straight victory.
SM North boys tame Lawrence High, 59-55
February 15, 2017
The overall record of the Shawnee Mission North basketball team has had several of its Sunflower League foes scratching their heads of late, and it was no different for the No. 9-ranked Lions of Lawrence High on Tuesday in the Brick House. The Indians trailed or were tied with the Lions for the first three quarters, but led for the bulk of the fourth en route to a 59-55 victory. Senior Danny Bradley Jr. fueled the Indians’ comeback with a game-high 21 points, while sophomore Jarrett Hensley and senior Avante Williams added 14 and 12, respectively.
SM North girls fall to Lawrence High, 51-39
February 15, 2017
With only having one player who logged regular varsity minutes off of the bench back from last season, Shawnee Mission North girls basketball coach Brian McIntosh figured that his team would have a great deal of growing pains in the 2016-17 campaign. The Indians have struggled to get into the win column after a 3-2 start, but games like Tuesday’s 51-39 loss to No. 9-ranked Lawrence High have given McIntosh reason to believe that his team has gained from the growing pains.
Hornung helps St. James push past Hayden, 74-61
February 12, 2017
St. James Academy sophomore David Hornung only took one shot during the Thunder’s 74-61 win over Topeka Hayden on Saturday at Blue Valley Northwest in the 810 Varsity Best of the Midwest Showcase, but his coach and teammates felt that the 6-foot-2 guard was one of the most valuable players on the court. Hornung made it a point to get the ball inside to St. James post players Keenan Fitzmorris, Will McKee and Kyle Dekraai, and wasn’t afraid to mix it up down low himself, as he finished with a team-high six assists and five rebounds. Fitzmorris led St. James with 19 points. Hayden sophomore Zach Harvey scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter.
SM North upends SM West, 61-55
February 11, 2017
After suffering a heart-breaking one-point road loss to Free State (ranked No. 7 in Class 6A) on Tuesday, Shawnee Mission North’s boys basketball team came out with plenty of motivation and energy in its 61-55 win over SM West on Friday. The Indians (5-11) had a balanced offensive effort, as seniors Avante Williams and Danny Bradley scored 19 and 15 points, respectively. Sophomores Jarrett Hensley and KT Harris netted eight points apiece, and Amari Williams added seven.
SM North falls off late against SM West
February 11, 2017
Shawnee Mission North freshman LeLe Love has been accustomed to carrying the load offensively for the Indians, and such was the case again on Friday against SM West. The Indians trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but Love led the way as they cut the deficit to three late in the third. The Indians’ offense stalled, though, when Love went to the bench with a leg cramp with 4:45 remaining, and the Vikings coasted to a 53-36 victory. Love led the Indians with 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting.
Basketball roundup: Nachbar nets career-high 34 points to lead SMNW past SM East
February 11, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Jordann Nachbar poured in a career-high 34 points to lead the Cougars to a 60-46 victory over SM East on Friday.
SMNW alum, Washburn junior Skeens selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District first team
February 10, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus and Washburn junior Brady Skeens has stuffed the stat sheet again during the 2016-17 season, but the 6-foot-7 forward has stood out for more than just his play on the court. On Thursday, Skeens was named to the CoSIDA first team academic all-district squad.
Mill Valley boys basketball falls to Gardner-Edgerton
February 8, 2017
Mill Valley’s boys basketball team could not keep Gardner-Edgerton off of the free-throw line in its 57-42 loss to the Trailblazers on Tuesday.