February 4, 2018
Mill Valley junior Claire Kaifes looks to dribble out of some backcourt pressure during the first half of the Jaguars' 52-41 win over St. James on Friday.
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After not scoring a field goal for nearly the first seven minutes of its 52-41 win over St. James on Friday, not much was going right for the Mill Valley girls basketball. While the Thunder (4-10) kept the Jaguars (14-2, No. 2 in Class 5A) from getting the ball inside for point-blank scoring chances for long stretches of the Eastern Kansas League showdown, Mill Valley didn't panic. The Jaguars clung to a 33-30 lead with 2:07 left in the third quarter after St. James guard Brianna Streeter drained her fourth 3-pointer. Mill Valley continued to stick with it bread and butter of getting touches in the paint, though, and closed the third with an 8-0 run. St. James was able to climb back within five points on two occasions in the fourth, but Mill Valley held off the Thunder for its sixth straight win. Mill Valley's Claire Kaifes led all scorers with 17 points.