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BVNW girls basketball drops season-opener against SME, 34-29

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Junior guard Cate McClain prepares for a 3-point attempt during the second half of BVNW's 34-29 loss Saturday Dec. 2.

In their first game action of the 2017-18 season, the girls varsity basketball team was defeated by Shawnee Mission East, 34-29. For much of the afternoon, the Huskies offense struggled mightily. BVNW scored in single-digits in all four quarters but was able to keep the game competitive in large part due to a great defensive performance.

“We played really well defensively,” head coach Brian Bubalo said. “We rebounded really well. We just shot very poorly. We took some bad shots. When we took good shots, we just struggled from the field.”

After the Huskies led the Lancers by a score of 9-5 after one quarter of play, SME shot themselves back into the game, hitting three 3’s in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead over the Huskies into the half. The Huskies were never able to recover the lead and went on to lose 34-29, in a low-scoring battle.

Senior guard Bridget Harrison, who led the Huskies in scoring with 10 points, said playing without 2017 graduates Raegan Philips and Abby Bird was something she and the rest of the Huskies still have to get used to.

“It was really hard,” Harrison said. “We used to have a close group of girls playing together. It’s just kind of like a whole new team. Now we have to find a whole new dynamic to go. So far it’s been really good and all of our seniors are close and we have a lot of new underclassmen that we’re getting closer with. So we need to work to be closer and get a new dynamic going.”

The only crack in the Huskies defense throughout the afternoon was the Lancers sophomore guard Kathleen Stanley, who scored 13 points. Stanley was able

After an underwhelming performance against the Lancers, Bubalo said nothing is for sure as to who will start in the Huskies next game.

“We’re still finding roles and establishing starters,” Bubalo said. “Nothing’s set right now.”

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