It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but Blue Valley Southwest found a way to hang on, 41-39, against Blue Valley West on Wednesday night.
BV Southwest 41, BV West 39
Arielle Sargent- 14
Peyton Renzi- 7
Avery Miller- 6
Brooke Lansford- 13
Shaun Holmes- 12
Maia Wilson- 8
The Timberwolves turned the ball over 24 times, but used runs of 15-0 and 10-0 to keep the Jaguars at bay.
“That was our first win, we graduated a lot of seniors, who are all playing college basketball — four of them,” BV Southwest coch Rick Rhoades said. “Having these guys get the experience of that kind of a game and coming out on top was huge for them. It’s been a difficult time the first two games. They’re just learning how to play with each other.”
BV West didn’t go silently into the night as they found themselves down eight with 4:11 to go after BV Southwest’s Peyton Renzi connected on a two. The Jaguars would force four turnovers in the final four minutes as they upped the full-court pressure and would cut the game to 40-39 with 31 seconds remaining.
Unable to get a steal, they were forced to foul Renzi with five seconds left, who connected on the first free throw and then purposely missed the second creating a scrum for the ball. BV West grabbed the rebound and sent an outlet pass to Brooke Lansford, who couldn’t control it.
Lansford finished scored 13 points with 10 coming in the second half to led the way for her team while Shaun Holmes added 12.
Renzi finished with seven points, but it was Arielle Sargent who led all scorers with 14.
The Blue Valley Southwest girls don’t have a single senior on the roster and Sargent said it was a huge win.
“It’s definitely a confidence booster,” Sargent said. “Tonight we worked together as a team, pulled it together and it’s just the beginning. I think we have a great year ahead of us.”
During their 15-0 run in the second half, they held BV West scoreless for nine minutes and Sargent scored six points.
“I liked we were able to come back and make a good game of it at the end,” BV West coach Rick Strecker said. “I’m just sad we put ourselves in that position. Southwest played well, so we can’t take anything away from them, but we had some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of in the middle of the game.”
One of those opportunities were free throws. They went 4-for-14 from the line and missed their first seven opportunities.
BV Southwest fan junior Cameron Townsend might have aided the Timberwolves to victory. He would yell “mashed potatoes” during the free throw and once BV West made their first one, he switched up the food to macaroni or green beans.
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Rhoades tries to distract his own players during practice by walking around and yelling at them, but wasn’t too focused on the fans when BV Southwest was shooting.
“I don’t hear that stuff,” Rhoades said. “I did hear somebody saying something, but I can’t tell you.”