Blue Valley Northwest plays at a fast pace, blows past Lincoln Prep Academy, 84-47

Efforts by the Huskies to maintain a fast pace help them to pull away from the Blue Tigers in the second half.


Jenna Soltwedel

Senior Jack Chapman (3) drives into the paint against Lincoln Prep Academy.

Jack Bensing, National Editor

In the first quarter, the Huskies were on a 10-2 run less than two minutes into the game. Senior Jack Chapman attributed the fast pace performance to his team working on how to speed up their game in practice.

“That’s something we work on in practice. We work on pushing the ball ahead and finding the open man, so we were able to execute that tonight,” Chapman said.

The Huskies did face adversity in the second quarter, when they allowed the Blue Tigers to get within single digits. However, this momentum did not last for Lincoln Prep by the time it was the third quarter. During this time period, Lincoln Prep only scored eight points to the Huskies’ 24 points.

Senior Ben Fritz highlighted the third quarter as a part of the game where the team was able to better get back on defense. As a player who normally gets a sizable amount of the team’s rebounds, he said it was difficult to get back on defense in the first half after trying to get rebounds.

“It was tough for us to get back on defense with us all going to the boards to rebound, but we really figured that out early in the second half,” Fritz said.

Blue Valley Northwest went from only having a single digit advantage on the Blue Tigers to winning by a healthy 37 point margin. Head coach Ed Fritz talked about how the Huskies were able to pull away in the second half. 

“We just slowed down and kept our faith in what we were doing and tried to execute a little bit more,” Ed Fritz said. “I thought [Lincoln Prep] hit a spot where they got really tired and we just kept going.”

Chapman attributed the overwhelming victory to the size advantage the Huskies had over Lincoln Prep, which allowed Fritz and Chapman to combine for 42 points and 14 rebounds in the win.

“We had a size advantage tonight and we saw that and we definitely decided to push the ball inside and pound it inside and it worked out for us,” Chapman said.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 5-0 on the season. The varsity basketball team’s next game is against Olathe North scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18 at Basehor-Linwood.