2012-13 High School Basketball Preview

SMN girls hoops falls to Blue Valley in double OT; North boys come up short against Tigers
December 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission North sophomore LeLe Love stuffed the stat sheet again with 31 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals, but the Indians fell to Blue Valley in double overtime, 66-61, on Tuesday. The SM North boys then lost to the Tigers, 54-46.
SMNW’s Nachbar brings energy in win over SM South
December 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest senior Jordann Nachbar has never been one to focus on leading the Cougars in different statistical categories. With the Cougars trailing by three points against SM South at halftime on Tuesday, Nachbar knew that she needed to lead the team in an area that doesn’t appear on the stat sheet. Nachbar prides herself on playing with energy, and she did just that in the Cougars’ 55-46 win over the Raiders. The energy from Nachbar ended up leading to a big statistical night, too, as she finished with 26 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block.
Cougars falter late in fourth quarter in loss to SM South
December 13, 2017
Shawnee Mission Northwest’s boys basketball team was unable to overcome foul trouble, shooting struggles and a big SM South fourth-quarter run in a 64-41 loss to the Raiders on Tuesday.
Basketball roundup: Maranatha boys win back-to-back games at home; SJA girls win second straight
December 10, 2017
The Maranatha Christian Academy boys bounced back from a season-opening loss to University Academy on Monday with home wins over Northland Christian and Grandview Christian on Friday and Saturday. The MCA girls defeated Bishop Seabury on Saturday after falling to Northland Christian on Friday. The St. James girls basketball won its second straight game after defeating Bonner Springs to take fifth in the Paola tournament. The St. James boys fell to Barstow in the fifth-place game of the Championship Showdown at Shawnee Mission East. The SM Northwest and SM North boys basketball teams were both tied in their respective games on Friday after three quarters, but the Cougars fell to Washburn Rural and the Indians lost to Blue Valley North.
Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic roundup: MV girls remain unbeaten, upend Gardner-Edgerton
December 10, 2017
After losing to Gardner-Edgerton three times last season, the Mill Valley girls basketball team couldn’t wait for the chance to take on the Trailblazers in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic championship game on Saturday. The Jaguars took care of the business on the defensive end to take home the tournament title, as they defeated the Trailblazers, 38-23. The De Soto boys basketball also went up against Gardner-Edgerton in the championship game, but a slow start doomed the Wildcats in a 64-55 loss to the Trailblazers. The Mill Valley boys and De Soto girls both fell in the third-place games. The Jaguars lost to Blue Valley Southwest, while the Wildcats tumbled to Truman.
Shooting woes catch up to MV boys basketball in loss to Gardner-Edgerton
December 8, 2017
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Mill Valley boys basketball team in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s 51-29 loss to Gardner-Edgerton in the semifinals of the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic. Mill Valley (1-2) was within striking distance after Logan Talley’s 3-pointer cut the deficit to 30-26 in the closing seconds of the third quarter, but the Jaguars felt like a lid for over their basket for the rest of the way. Gardner-Edgerton outscored Mill Valley, 21-3, over the final eight minutes.
Big night from Barton leads Mill Valley past Truman
December 7, 2017
When Mill Valley junior Presley Barton makes a 3-pointer, one can almost guarantee that she’ll continue to get the ball on the next few possessions with the opportunity to keep rolling. Barton’s eyes continued to light up as she got open looks against Truman’s zone on Wednesday in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic semifinals, as she drained five of her seven 3-pointers in the second quarter of the Jaguars’ 58-45 win over the Patriots. The Mill Valley junior led all scorers with a career-high 27 points.
Basketball roundup: Mill Valley, De Soto boys earn first-round wins in Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic
December 6, 2017
The Mill Valley and De Soto boys basketball teams both earned first-round victories in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic on Tuesday at De Soto. The Jaguars rolled to a 63-31 victory over Excelsior Springs, while the Wildcats edged Pleasant Hill, 47-42. The St. James boys basketball team fell to Shawnee Mission West, 54-51, in the first round of the Championship Showdown at SM East.
Stifling defense helps St. James power past Eudora
December 6, 2017
The St. James Academy girls basketball team picked up its first win under new coach Samantha O’Malley in a 45-28 victory over Eudora on Tuesday in the consolation semifinals of the Paola tournament. Senior Claire Kearney and freshmen Abby Dunsmore and Claire Worthington scored nine points apiece to lead the Thunder.
Basketball roundup: De Soto, Mill Valley girls win Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic openers
December 5, 2017
The De Soto and Mill Valley girls basketball teams both coasted to first-round victories in the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic on Monday at De Soto. De Soto topped Turner, 72-12, while Mill Valley upended Excelsior Springs, 60-21. The Maranatha Christian Academy girls and boys basketball teams both fell to University Academy on Monday in their respective season openers. The MCA girls lost 34-32, while the boys fell 79-61. The St. James girls basketball team kicked off the Eudora tournament on Monday with a 45-31 loss to Piper.
SM North girls hoops tops Basehor-Linwood, 51-47, in home opener
December 5, 2017
While the Shawnee Mission North girls basketball team led by three at halftime against Basehor-Linwood despite the one-two punch of sophomore LeLe Love and senior Hannah Redick doing all of the scoring, the Indians knew that they would need a more balanced effort to come away with their first win of the season. After Love and Redick scored 12 points apiece in the first half, SM North’s stingy perimeter defense helped create some easy offense for the Indians, as they earned a 51-47 win in their home opener. It also was the first victory at SM North for coach Amanda McNeill. Love led SM North with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Basketball roundup: SMNW girls get bounce-back win over BV North; SMN boys, girls fall in openers
December 4, 2017
The Shawnee Mission Northwest girls basketball team upended Blue Valley North, 48-40, in the Shawnee Mission/Blue Valley Shootout on Saturday to get back to the .500 mark. Shawnee Mission North was also in action at the Shawnee Mission/Blue Valley Shootout, but came up short in a 49-36 loss to Blue Valley Southwest. The Shawnee Mission North boys basketball team went across the state line for its season opener, but was unable to keep pace with Lee’s Summit in a 82-54 loss at the 810 Varsity Tipoff Classic at Liberty.
Specht sparks SMNW boys hoops in win over Mill Valley
December 2, 2017
In his first varsity start, Shawnee Mission Northwest senior George Specht didn’t waste much time in establishing the tempo in the Cougars’ 60-46 season-opening win over Mill Valley on Friday. Specht frequently jumped out in the passing lanes and corralled long rebounds to lead the Cougars to transition layups, and ended the night with a game-high 22 points. Cooper Kaifes led Mill Valley with 18 points.
Basketball roundup: De Soto girls, St. James boys win season openers
December 2, 2017
De Soto sophomore Mackenzie Shupe led all scorers with 26 points in Wildcats’ 60-48 win over Shawnee Heights on Friday. Mariah Grizzle added 21 points for the Wildcats. The De Soto boys team jumped on the defending 5A state champion T-Birds for 51 points in the first half, but the Wildcats fell to Shawnee Heights, 83-78, in overtime. Levi Hansen and Exavier Jackson scored 18 points apiece. The St. James Academy boys squad won its season opener over Wyandotte, 69-51, behind eight 3-pointers from Jack Moellers. The St. James sophomore led the Thunder with 26 points.
Hinkle leads Mill Valley girls basketball past SMNW
December 1, 2017
As the Shawnee Mission Northwest defense continued to crowd the lane to keep Mill Valley forwards Evan Zars and Trinity Knapp from getting easy buckets or Claire Kaifes from driving to the basket, the Jaguar girls basketball team needed some sharp shooting from the perimeter to power past the Cougars on Thursday. Northwest challenged Mill Valley senior guard Adde Hinkle to knock down open shots from the perimeter, and she did just that by draining four 3-pointers. Hinkle poured in a career-high 16 points to lead the Jaguars to a 44-39 victory over the Cougars in the season opener for both teams.