Huskies dominate paint, defeat Jaguars 66-41

The boys varsity basketball team defeated Blue Valley West, 66-41. Senior Jack Chapman led the team in scoring with 21 points.


Richa Laddha

Senior Jack Chapman takes a shot during the boys varsity basketball game against Blue Valley West, Jan. 8.

Jonny Isaacson, Sports Editor

Coming out of winter break, the Huskies were eager to start with the same momentum they went into the break with. The result would be a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

One key area that allowed the Huskies to jump out to their early lead was the ability of senior Ben Fritz to control the paint. Fritz would finish the first half with 15 points, five rebounds and a few blocks. He said playing against a smaller sized team made it easy to get going.

“The guy that was guarding me was like six feet, so it was easy to get offensive rebounds and putbacks really quick,” Fritz said.

Fritz’s big half would lead to the Huskies taking a 30-16 lead into halftime. Only having scored four points in the first half, senior Jack Chapman said they talked about upping the tempo in the break.

“We just decided we needed to pick up the pace and that’s how we started to blow them out,” Chapman said.

Having a sizable lead after the first half, Chapman would do his part to put the game out of reach scoring 12 points in the third quarter alone which would give the Huskies a 29 point lead going into the final quarter.

Riding their big lead, the Huskies would go on to win the game by a score of 66-41. The duo of seniors Jack Chapman and Ben Fritz combined for 40 of the Huskies points to give them the edge. Fritz said he sees this big scoring output continuing if they continue to follow the game plan.

“If we continue to move the ball and take good shots, we’ll continue to score like that,” Fritz said.

With their record remaining undefeated, Chapman said it’s the team’s goal to keep it that way for the rest of the season.

“Our goal is to be undefeated the whole year, I think we plan to win every game and I think we can do it,” Chapman said.