Shawnee Mission’s South’s hot-and-cold nature is one reason why the Raiders came into Friday night’s home showdown against Shawnee Mission Northwest sporting a .500 record.
SM South showed that trait again on Friday, but there was enough positive momentum there for the Raiders to pull out a 71-59 victory.
The Raiders broke open a tie game early with a 12-0 spurt in the first quarter. Most of that came courtesy of Raiders senior Brian Harness, who scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the opening 8 minutes.
Harness hit a trio of three-pointers that set the tone for the game.
“Shots were falling,” Harness said. “(Coach McFall) stressed to keep shooting the ball, and shots were falling.”
SM Northwest, though, weathered the early storm and cut the lead to 33-29 late in the second quarter.
“We just seem to like to get up and let people back,” Shawnee Mission South coach Brett McFall said. “In our last four games we’ve been up double digits and let people right back in. We’ve lost two of those, and we’ve won two of those. We’ve got to learn when we get up 10 to push it up to 15 to 20.”
SM South did get it going again and scored the last five points of the second quarter. And the Raiders started the second half with a 13-4 run that put them in firm control.
This time the Raiders got their spark from junior CJ Hill, who finished with 20 points.
“That’s something (Hill) has been doing all year,” McFall said. “He’s been our leader vocally and by example, and he’s a tough nut,” McFall said. “Last time we played them he won the game for us. He just kind of took it over. I challenged him a little bit at halftime. He responded.”
Anei Anei also chipped in 12 points for the Raiders.
Shawnee Mission Northwest got 19 points from Dylan Dirks and 12 from Mark Kimotho.
Former Raiders honored
Shawnee Mission South inducted its sixth class into the Raider Athletic Hall of Fame at halftime.
The three-member group of John Dillon, Vince Parrette and Ron Millard.
Dillon and Parrette graduated in 1976. Dillon played linebacker on the 1975 state-champion football team and catcher on the 1975 state-champion baseball team.
Millard, who retired in 2011, was the school’s first girls basketball coach in 1975 and also became volleyball coach in 1986. His teams won the 1993 Kansas state volleyball title and the 1995 state basketball title.
Parrette won two state track and field team championships and 10 individual state championships in his time at SM South.
He starred at Kansas State in the triple jump. He would have been a prime candidate to make the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but the United States boycotted the 1980 Moscow Games.
“It allowed me to dive full-on into music. In the end, it’s all for a reason,” Parrette said. “But that was a very painful time for me.”
Parrette, now a renowned jazz musician, returned to SM South on Friday for the first time in 40 years.