Collin McGinley

In the Courtwarming game Feb. 3 against North Kansas City High School, senior Kayden Fish dribbles the ball. The boys basketball team won the game 65-45. “My thought process was just to get the win,” Fish said. “That’s the most important thing so that you can have fun afterward and not worry about, ‘I should’ve done this better.’”

Courtwarming Game Brings Win, Visit From Mayor

Boys Basketball Beats Northtown 17-2

February 8, 2023

     Entering the courtwarming game, the boys basketball team was 17-2, compared to North Kansas City High School’s 12-6 record. Students flooded the stands in neon clothes matching the game’s “here we glow” theme. 

     Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was among the crowd at the game. The team came out of the gate with an intensity on defense that led to a steal by Jared Lee and a lay up in transition.

“The steal set the tone defensively for the entire game,” Lee said. “Starting off with something positive usually gets us going.”

     The team kept up the momentum, ending up with a 18-8 lead going into the second quarter. During the second quarter, they applied pressure on passes that would eventually lead senior Larry Parker to make two fastbreak dunks. 

“It feels good knowing defense is what we work on the most,” Parker said. “It takes a team effort to get a steal or a stop, so it felt good seeing that pay off with those two dunks.” 

At halftime, senior and captain of the cheer team Kyran Fish was crowned courtwarming king. However during his celebration with his team, it was a lot emptier. More than half the cheer squad did not show up and were in the student section as a protest instead of on the baseline cheering with their team.

The diminished presence of the cheer team didn’t affect success on the court. The Onyx Step Team and Emeralds however were present.  By the end of the third quarter, the school had taken the lead by 17 points, with the score being 47-30. Varsity won this game by 20 with a score of 65-45.


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