South Basketball took care of business the past two nights, winning two on the road in the past 4 days. The boys varsity beat Blue Springs 79-65 on Saturday and the girls varsity went on to defeat Blue Springs South 62-52 last night.
The boys team started slow on Saturday, with selfish play and a defensive breakdown contributing to a tied game going into the half. In the third quarter, South finally got in their rhythm back with a run led by CJ Lee, who scored ten unanswered points by himself.
The Panthers held their lead to finish the game up 14 in a convincing win. After Saturday’s win, it’s apparent that size is going to be a key for South moving forward. As a team stacked with guards operating on a fast-paced style that capitalizes off of transitions, it’s important to ensure that the boys team doesn’t get to selfish holding the ball and trying to make big plays on their own; instead, they should utilize their weapons and show that they’re a threat in every aspect of the game.
The boys play three days in a row this week on December 7-9 at the Leavenworth Tournament, but their first home game is December 15 against Staley.
The girls also handled the Blue Springs South Jaguars last night, winning 62-52 on the road. After a rough first half, even going down 15 at one point, the girls managed to bring it back and tie the game going into the half. Many issues were fixed in the second half allowing South to take the lead, but most important was defense.
“Our press wasn’t working in the first half,” said Kate Eischens, senior, “and we also kept getting called for charges, so we had to change our approach and avoid those calls.”
The next girls’ home game is tomorrow, December 7, against Oak Park at home.
The Basketball season is off to a strong start for both teams, and there is a sense of confidence emanating from these teams that hasn’t been seen in a couple of years.