Huskies fall in fifth place game to Barstow, 50-47

A weak third quarter for the Huskies hands them their third loss of year as they finish sixth in the Lady Hawks Classic.

Jaelen Matthews , Writer

The Huskies came out fast with senior guard Bridget Harrison hitting two 3-pointers early in the fifth place game of the Lady Hawks Classic against Barstow on Friday Dec. 8 at Olathe East.

Led by Harrison, the whole Northwest team was strong offensively which extended throughout the first half. However, the Huskies found themselves trailing the Knights going into the half, 25-24.

Coming out of halftime, the Huskies had a hard time getting started and only scored two points in the third quarter. According to head coach Brian Bubalo, not getting offensive rebounds, turning the ball over and shots not falling all contributed to a lack of offense during the third quarter.

“That hurt us because we played good defense,” Bubalo said. “We could have taken the lead during that time.”

The Huskies found themselves behind by 10 points after the Knights had multiple fast breaks at the end of the third quarter and continued to score in the fourth.

Despite the struggles in the third quarter, the Huskies scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to close the gap. Harrison said the resilience of the team while trailing helped mount a comeback against the Knights.  

“In the fourth quarter we jumped back,” Harrison said. “That’s how we inched our way closer to them in the end.”

However, the late run by the Huskies was not enough as they dropped the game to Barstow, 50-47. Despite the loss, Bubalo was proud of how the fought in the fourth quarter, getting some steals and making good shots.

“In the fourth quarter they bounced back,” Bubalo said. “I was proud of the way they never gave up.”

With this loss behind them, Harrison said the Huskies really played as a team and is looking forward to future games.

“Especially this game, we played better as a team,” Harrison said. “I think we are going to move forward from this game.”

With the loss, the Huskies place sixth in the Lady Hawks Classic and drop their record to 1-3 on the season. Blue Valley Northwest will go on the road to face Lee’s Summit West at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec 15.