Girls and boys basketball teams defeat respective BVSW teams

Jordan McEntee, Jansen Hess, Sports Editor, Staff Writer

Girls Basketball:
The Lady Tigers basketball team took on the Timberwolves of BV Southwest on Friday night and racked up another win, with a score of 45-19.
Seniors Mackenzie Johnson and Taylor Leathers, juniors Sara Hanna and Bailey Geiman and sophomore Sydnie Hanson started the game for the Tigers.
BV came out strong, with Leathers scoring the first points under the basket to put her team ahead.
The Tigers scored 11 points and kept the shutout until only seconds remained in the first quarter.  The scoreboard read 11-1 at the of the first quarter.
During the second quarter, BV put even more points on the board, with the help of several great steals by Sara Hanna and exceptional free throw shooting from the whole Tiger team. BV went into halftime winning by a score of 28-5.
The Timberwolves came out with a tight back-court press, but the press was quickly conquered by the Tigers with quick passes and resulted in several easy layups for BV.
Scoring continued for both teams throughout the third quarter, but BVSW reached double digits with only two minutes left in the third quarter.
At the end of the third quarter, the Tigers were ahead 38-10.
In the fourth quarter, coach Andy Unrein played every player on the bench, and the BV came out with the win, with a final score of 45-19.
The Tigers will take on the Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers next Friday night at 7 p.m. at BV.
Boys Basketball:
On Friday, Jan. 13, the Tigers took jaunt over to BVSW to take on the Timberwolves, hoping to advance their record to 3-4. The Tigers did just that, winning the game 55-52.
The Tigers lagged behind early in the first quarter, but slowly closed the gap. The first quarter ended with a score of 14-13, Timberwolves.
BV got the huge boost they needed in the second quarter with key rebounding and defensive plays from junior Andrew Reinkemeyer and key scoring plays from senior John Stoothoff.
With SW only putting 9 points on the board in the second quarter, they left an opening for BV to take the lead. The Tigers capitalized on this opportunity and ran into the locker room at halftime leading the T-wolves 34-23.
The third quarter wasn’t one of BV’s best –– they only scored 6 points. But rebounds and defense is what kept the Tigers out in front. Although their lead diminished significantly, the Tigers led 40-35 at the end of the third quarter.
Three-point shots seemed to be the strategy from both teams in the fourth quarter. Senior Jack Porter played an important role in keeping the Tiger lead, but every time he drained his threes, SW seemed to answer. Before long, the deficit was decreased to three with various lead changes throughout the last few minutes. With 14.7 sec. left on the clock, the score was tied 52-52. Hoping for the last shot, BV ran their offense until the ball was knocked out of bounds by SW.
The game clock read 2.2 sec.
Tiger basketball.
It was quiet, both teams’ fans holding their breath wondering if the Tigers can pull it off.
The ball is inbounded to junior Connor Hurst, just outside the 3-point line.
He squares up to the basket and lines up his shot.
One second remaining on the clock.
He shoots.
The buzzer sounds.
The basket is good.
The sophomore and JV basketball teams storm the court to congratulate Hurst on the shot and the BV student section goes crazy.
The Tigers improve their record to 3-4 after the 55-52 win.
Look for the boys to be back on the court at the SMW Tournament next weekend, Jan. 19-21, times TBA.