2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

SMNW alumna Brenni Rose, Drake draw K-State in NCAA tournament first round
March 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumna Brenni Rose will be playing in the NCAA Div. I women’s basketball tournament after helping Drake to Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Rose and the Bulldogs (28-4) earned a No. 10 seed, and will play seventh-seeded Kansas State (22-10) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. The winner will play either No. 2 Stanford (28-5) or No. 15 New Mexico State (24-6) in the second round. The 2016 SM Northwest alumna has twice been named the MVC Newcomer of the Week during her freshman campaign.
SJA’s Thornhill, MV’s Zars highlight all-league basketball selections
March 13, 2017
St. James Academy senior Zach Thornhill and Mill Valley junior Evan Zars highlighted the all-league basketball selections in the Shawnee area after being earning all-Eastern Kansas League first-team honors on Monday.
SM North alumnus Michael Weathers named MAC Freshman of the Year
March 11, 2017
Former Shawnee Mission North standout and Miami (Ohio) guard Michael Weathers was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year on Tuesday. The 6-foot-2 guard was one of the top threats at both ends of the floor for the RedHawks, as he posted team-high averages in points (16.7), assists (4.8), blocks (1.4) and steals (1.9). Weathers set the single-season freshman scoring record for Miami with 533 points.
SMNW girls fall to ONW in sub-state title game
March 5, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s girls basketball team’s quest to return to the Class 6A state tournament for the fourth straight season fell short, as the Cougars fell to Olathe Northwest, 46-31, in the sub-state championship game on Saturday. Senior Emmalee Rose was the lone Cougar to reach double figures with 11 points.
Third quarter dooms St. James in season-ending loss to Aquinas
March 5, 2017
The third quarter has been the St. James boys basketball team’s downfall during the 2016-17 campaign, and the most painful one yet proved to be costly in the Thunder’s 60-53 sub-state championship game loss to rival St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday. The Thunder (14-8, No. 9 in Class 5A) trailed the Saints (18-4, No. 2 in 5A), 27-26, at halftime, but were out-scored 15-4 in the third quarter. St. James rallied late to pull within three at 54-51 after a Spencer Kaifes 3-pointer with 1:17 remaining, but that was as close as the Thunder would get. Zach Thornhill led the Thunder with 17 points.
Mill Valley’s upset bid falls short in 46-34 loss to Aquinas
March 4, 2017
The Mill Valley girls basketball team put St. Thomas Aquinas’ 22-year streak of going to the state tournament in serious jeopardy in the Class 5A sub-state championship game on Friday, but the Jaguars did not quite have enough in the second half of its 46-34 loss to the Saints. Claire Kaifes led Mill Valley with nine points, and the Jaguars ended the season with a record of 11-11.
Basketball roundup: De Soto girls state-bound after win over Pittsburg
March 4, 2017
In its first season as a member of Class 5A, the De Soto girls basketball qualified for the state tournament after defeating Pittsburg, 45-34, in the sub-state championship game on Friday. Tanith Beal led the Wildcats with 17 points. The Wildcats (15-7) will be the No. 8 seed in the 5A state tournament, and will play either St. Thomas Aquinas, Leavenworth, Maize or Schlagle — all of which own a record of 19-3 — in the first round. The state brackets will officially be released at 10 a.m. Sunday. Maranatha Christian Academy ended its season with a 61-29 loss to Jefferson County North in the 2A girls sub-state semifinals.
Basketball roundup: SMNW girls top SM East to reach sub-state title game
March 3, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest junior Jordann Nachbar netted a game-high 21 points, and Hannah Black and Gena Ojeda added 13 and 11, respectively, to help the Cougars coast to a 64-32 victory over SM East on Thursday in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals. The Cougars will play Olathe Northwest on Saturday with a trip to state on the line. Shawnee Mission North’s girls team ended its season with a 42-24 loss to Olathe Northwest, and the Mill Valley boys squad closed its 2016-17 campaign with a 62-40 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas.
St. James handles De Soto, turns attention to Aquinas for sub-state title game
March 3, 2017
When the sub-state brackets were released, it was difficult for the players on the St. James Academy boys basketball team not to look ahead at a possible match-up with rival St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday for a chance to move on to the Class 5A state basketball tournament. However, St. James coach Stan Dohm made it clear to his players that they still had to take care of business on Thursday against De Soto in the sub-state semifinals. The Thunder answered their coach’s call, as they coasted to a 71-30 victory over the Wildcats to set up the highly-anticipated sub-state title game against the Saints.
Basketball roundup: De Soto, MV girls move on to sub-state final
March 2, 2017
De Soto forwards Julia Johnson and Mariah Grizzle scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Lady Wildcats to a 41-33 win over St. James Academy on Wednesday in the Class 5A sub-state semifinals. Mill Valley sophomore Presley Barton had the hot hand from 3-point range, as she made five treys for 15 of her 17 points to power the Jaguars past Blue Valley Southwest in the 5A sub-state semifinals. Shawnee Mission North senior Avante Williams scored 19 points, but it was not enough to push the Indians past SM East in a 66-46 loss to the Lancers in the Class 6A sub-state semifinals.
Turnovers cost Cougars in second half of sub-state loss to Lions
March 2, 2017
It was a tale of two halves for the Shawnee Mission Northwest boys basketball team in its 62-52 loss to Lawrence High on Wednesday in the Class 6A boys sub-state semifinals. The first half went the way that SM Northwest coach Mike Rose had hoped it would go, as the Cougars took care of the ball and got good offensive possession en route to building a 29-20 lead at the break. The second half, however, was a scene that Rose has become all too familiar, though, as the Cougars committed turnover after turnover to play right into the Lions’ hands.
Lady Eagles coast past Chargers in sub-state quarterfinals
March 1, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy girls basketball team didn’t have one of its better shooting nights in Tuesday’s sub-state quarterfinal game against Heritage Christian, but the Eagles didn’t need to in their 45-23 rout of the Chargers. Maranatha used a 20-2 run that spanned four minutes in the first quarter, and closed out the third with a 15-0 spurt, but did the rest with its stifling defense. Kayla Crowder had 12 points, 10 steals, seven rebounds and five assists.
SMNW alumnus, Washburn junior Skeens repeats as MIAA Defensive Player of the Year
February 28, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest alumnus and Washburn junior Brady Skeens was selected at the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season on Monday.
Maranatha boys end season with 69-45 loss to Seabury
February 28, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy boys basketball team took a few more strides forward in the second year of the Travis Thompson era, but the Eagles saw on Monday night that they still have a long ways to go to get to where they want to be at after a 69-45 loss to Bishop Seabury Academy in the Class 2A sub-state quarterfinals. The No. 6-seeded Eagles could not crack the code to Seabury’s zone defense of three-quarter court trap, as they committed 22 turnovers. Many of the Eagles’ turnovers led to points at the other end for the Seahawks. Roland Hou led the Eagles with 13 points.
Shawnee-area basketball teams gear up for sub-state
February 27, 2017
With the regular season complete, each basketball team’s record now virtually resets to 0-0 as sub-state tournament action begins this week. Here is a rundown of the upcoming sub-state match-ups for Maranatha Christian Academy, Shawnee Mission Northwest, SM North, St. James Academy, Mill Valley and De Soto, as well as a recap of how they faired in their final regular season games.

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