Late comeback effort falls short, BVNW girls basketball drops season-opener against Storm, 52-44

The Blue Valley Northwest girls varsity basketball team opened their 2019-2020 season with a 52-44 loss to Notre Dame de Sion. Junior guard Megan Edwards led the comeback for the Huskies with 17 points.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

Searching for answers on both sides of the ball trailing, 44-28 late in the fourth quarter, the Huskies found a solution in junior guard Megan Edwards. After hitting her first shot with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter, Edwards would spur a 12-5 run that would put the Huskies within single digits with just under two minutes remaining.

Needing to keep their momentum going with 1:42 remaining in the game the Huskies called a timeout. In the timeout, head coach Matthew Shulman told his team to take it one possession at a time to chip away at the lead.

“A big thing we talk about in practice is putting possessions together of getting a successful patient offensive shot and then getting the stop,” Shulman said. “Making sure we’re taking it like chopping wood and taking little bites and not trying to get it all at once.”

Unfortunately for the Huskies, they would be unable to get the stop they would need and would end up losing the game, 52-44. Despite scoring all her points in the second half, junior Megan Edwards finished with a team high 17 points. Edwards attributed her slow start to being in her own head.

“I think I was in my own head because this was my first game starting at point guard. I started last year, but I was never the leader of the team,” Edwards said. “My coach talked me up in the locker room before the second half and told me to be confident in myself and that really helped me get out of the little jam.”

 After scoring a team-high seven points in the first quarter, senior guard Grace Coble would be forced to sit for a majority of the second quarter due to foul trouble. A theme throughout the night for BVNW was foul-trouble as three out of their five starters were forced to sit early and often due to fouls.

“[Foul Trouble] was huge,” Shulman said. “Grace had a phenomenal game when she was out there, but she got some ticky tack fouls and made it difficult for us to continue to be successful.”

Despite the loss, Shulman said his team should keep their heads high and focus on the game’s positives.

“Our heads need to remain high,” Shulman said. “I think we need to be smart offensively [as well as] continue to be patient and attack the basket. Defensively, I think if we could hold some boxouts and get some rebounds we will be a little bit more successful.”

With the loss, the Huskies record falls to 0-1 to start the season. Blue Valley Northwest will take on Shawnee Mission East Saturday Dec. 7 at Shawnee Mission East. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.