On a night when former Blue Valley North star Casey Crawford — the program’s most prolific scorer — was inducted into the school’s hall of fame, a defensive slugfest broke out.
Bishop Miege was the beneficiary.
Miege held BV North to 31 percent shooting and moved its record to 5-0 with a 51-36 win over the Mustangs on Friday night at Blue Valley North. BV North dropped to 3-3.
“They’re a great team, and they play great offensively,” said Bishop Miege senior Alston Jones. “We came out in a diamond-and-one to try to slow them down, and we played pretty well.”
Jones scored 17 points, sharing the game’s top scoring honors with BV North senior Cooper Cook. Jones also guarded Cook in Miege’s defensive scheme and limited him to 17 points after Cook hit his first five shots and scored 10 in the game’s first 11 minutes.
“He’s a great player,” said Jones, who stands 6 inches below Cook’s 6-foot-6 frame. “It was my job to lock him up. I tried my best to keep him off the boards and keep him from scoring.”
The two squads pushed their way to a 19-19 halftime tie before Jones led a quick Miege run at the start of the second half. Jones made an jumper early in the quarter and later followed with a three-pointer — Miege’s lone trey on the night. Jones punctuated the run with a steal and dunk that gave the Stags a 30-20 lead.
“They started the game with a 6-0 run and then came out in the second half and put a run on us,” BV North coach Ryan Phifer said. “Those runs hurt us. We gave up too many chances early on in both halves.”
The Mustangs responded, getting a pair of Michael Valentine buckets around a Cook jumper to cut Miege’s lead to 30-26.
BV North pulled to within four again 11 seconds into the fourth quarter and had the lead down to five with 4:48 to play. But the Mustangs went ice cold from long range, and Miege outscored them 15-7 down the stretch .
Reggie Byers scored 13 points for the Stags, while Jacob Meuer added nine. Miege shot 51 percent from the field and hit 14 of its 19 free throws.
“We feel good about where we are right now, but we’re not satisfied,” Jones said. “We feel like we’re one of the best teams in the city, but we have a lot of room to improve.”
Just four players scored for BV North. Cook’s 17 was followed by 10 from Jackson Shank. Valentine added six. The Mustangs didn’t get to the line much and finished four of six.
“They’re a good team, and we just made too many mistakes,” Phifer said. “We’ll get better from this.”