Fawna Harrison was not a happy camper as she watched her Blue Springs South High School girls basketball team sleepwalk through the opening minutes of a Blue Springs South Summer League game against Grandview Wednesday afternoon at Moreland Ridge Middle School.

Fawna Harrison was not a happy camper as she watched her Blue Springs South High School girls basketball team sleepwalk through the opening minutes of a Blue Springs South Summer League game against Grandview Wednesday afternoon at Moreland Ridge Middle School.

Before the start of the game, the veteran coach had lauded her young team for all its accomplishments this summer.

But when the Bulldogs ran off to an 11-4 lead, she quipped, “Forget about everything I told you.”

After a couple of spirited timeouts and an enthusiastic halftime talk, the Jaguars caught fire.

The end result was a 64-29 Jaguars victory that saw Harrison’s troops improve to 16-0 on the summer – an impressive 10-0 at the University of Central Missouri Team Camp and a perfect 6-0 in South’s Summer League.

“I’ve never been on a South team that’s won 16 games, so this is very special,” said Kailey Hancock, the lone returning senior from last year’s varsity team. “This summer has been the most fun I’ve had playing for South.

“I love all the girls on the team and we’re really playing as a team. We got off to a horrible start tonight – and we felt terrible about that – but we got back and played a good second half.”

It was a Hancock rebound and layup that gave the Jaguars their first lead of the game, 19-17 at 1:33 of the first half. Once they got the lead, they never looked back.

“We were 10-0 at camp and we’re 6-0 here (in the league), so we’re all pretty excited,” said junior point guard Jordan McNamara, the player Harrison believes will run the offense this winter.

“I backed up (senior starter) Zakila (Smith) last year, and got some valuable varsity time, so I’m going to feel comfortable running the offense,” McNamara said. “We’re all hoping the success we’re having this summer will carry over to the season.

“We had a lot of success last year, and it didn’t really carry over, but this is pretty much a new team. We’re having a lot of fun and there hasn’t been any drama or anything like that to distract us.”

One exciting newcomer to the Jaguar program is freshman Remy Davenport, who hit a long 3-pointer to knot the score at 15-all against the Bulldogs.

“The kid can play, just watch her,” Harrison said. “Be sure and ask her the difference between eighth grade and varsity basketball.”

When asked that very question, a big grin appeared on Davenport’s face.

“Gosh, everything is different,” the sharp-shooting guard said. “Everyone is so much better on the varsity level. It’s faster and more physical – but I love it. I’ve played basketball as long as I can remember, and I’ve dreamed about playing for South.

“Now, it looks like I’m going to be on varsity as a freshman. I can’t wait.”

And neither can her teammates.

“You could never tell she’s a freshman by watching her play,” Hancock said. “She’s such a sweet kid, we all love her.”

And the feeling is mutual.

“I’ve never felt like a freshman playing on a varsity team, I’ve just felt like a part of the team,” Davenport said. “And Kailey and the other girls have had a lot to do with that. Kailey makes sure me – and all the underclassmen – are a part of everything the team does. And that means a lot to me.”

When this summer league wraps up, Harrison is going on the adventure of a lifetime.

She and two friends are backpacking through Europe for three weeks.

“All I know is this,” Harrison said, grinning, “we get over there and spend two days in Amsterdam and 21 days later we depart from Rome. We don’t know what we’re going to do in between, but I guarantee we’re going to have fun.”

Maybe as much fun as watching her team go 16-0 this summer.