Blue Valley West used a 13-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter to break open a close game with Gardner Edgerton and kept the Trailblazers at arm’s length as the final minutes ticked away to post a 77-69 victory Friday at BV West.
The Jaguars, who led 39-33 at halftime, took the ball at the Trailblazers’ zone defense in building a 57-44 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
“We attacked their zone better in the third quarter,” Jaguars coach Donnie Campbell said.
But Gardner Edgerton countered as the final period began, switching to half-court trap that gave the Blazers hope.
With 4:15 left in the game, a three-pointer by Gardner Edgerton junior Josh Lang cut the margin to 61-55.
But the Jaguars’ Connor Kaiser connected twice under the basket in a 30-second span to make it a 69-60 game with 2:02 remaining.
The Trailblazers were able to cut the margin to five on a three-pointer by Lang at the 45-second mark, but Kaiser went three of four from the free throw line in the last 40 seconds.
“We hit our free throws, but they are a feisty team,” Campbell said. “They didn’t give up.”
The Jaguars connected on 37-of-47 from the free-throw line for the game.
The 6-foot, 4-inch Kaiser led the Jaguars in scoring with 22 points. Nine of those points came in the decisive third quarter.
Blaise Gammon, a 6-8 junior, had 21 points, Parker Roy ended the game with 12 and senior Ryan Ralston added 10.
Junior Josh Lang was the leading scorer for the Trailblazers with 20 points. He finished with a flourish, scoring 11 in the fourth quarter. Another junior, Kyle Hultgren added 18 points, including eight in the final period.
The victory moved the Jaguars’ record to 3-2 and 3-0 in the Eastern Kansas League.Blazers girls win
Gardner Edgerton held Blue Valley West scoreless Friday in the third quarter on the way to a 49-26 EKL victory.
The Trailblazers led 23-15 at intermission, mainly on the scoring of sophomore guard Angeliece Tucker, who had 12 points on four three-pointers.
In the decisive third period, Gardner Edgerton went on an 11-0 run.
The Jaguars finally scored in the second half when freshman Emma Kelly hit a basket underneath with 7:51 remaining in the game.
Tucker finished with a game-high 19 points. Junior Savannah Miller added 10.
Miller led the Jaguars with nine points.