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Examiner
  • Wildcat win over rival Jags leaves coach dissatisfied

  • Following a 54-44 Suburban Big Six win over the arch-rival Blue Springs South Jaguars, one might have expected to see smiles and high-fives as the Blue Springs High School girls basketball team exited the visitor’s locker room Thursday.

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  • Following a 54-44 Suburban Big Six win over the arch-rival Blue Springs South Jaguars, one might have expected to see smiles and high-fives as the Blue Springs High School girls basketball team exited the visitor’s locker room Thursday.
    But Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli was not smiling. He was not happy with his team's overall play, especially some second-half lapses that allowed the Jaguars to make a game out of what at once appeared to be a blowout at Blue Springs South High School.
    “Everyone is going to talk about Lizzy Wendell scoring 30 points,” Spigarelli said of the senior forward, who exploded for 13 points in the first quarter. “But there's more to the game than scoring.
    “Lizzy did a nice job scoring, but we got away from the team concept – especially in the second half. We go over to Kansas and beat Aquinas and Blue Valley North and win that tournament and everyone wants to rest on their laurels. We suffered a big letdown defensively tonight and never really got into our offense. I'm disappointed. They know what to do – but they don't seem to want to do it.”
    When asked about the Class 5 fourth-ranked Wildcats’ record of 15-2 overall and 2-0 in conference, Spigarelli said, “We're not going to have that kind of record for long unless we start playing better. And it all better start at practice tomorrow.”
    While Spigarelli was fuming, first-year Jaguars coach Brad Oyler saw the game as a learning tool for his 8-6, 1-2 Jaguars.
    “We had a really bad second quarter,” Oyler said as the Wildcats used a 15-2 second-quarter surge to take a 32-15 lead into the halftime locker room. “But we came out and played pretty well the second half.”
    The Jaguars held a 29-22 second-half edge and cut the deficit to single digits (36-27) when Remy Davenport converted a three-point play with 1:04 left in the third period.
    “We did a lot of good things in the third period and in the second half,” Oyler said. “The first half, we made way too many turnovers. And when we made that run in the second half, we had a play set up – and turned the ball over again.
    “They're such a good team, you can't afford to make mistakes like that. But the girls came back and made a game of it, and I'm proud of them for that.”
    Wendell, who has signed to play basketball at Drake University, was a one-woman wrecking crew in the first quarter, hitting two 3-pointers, converting a three-point play and sinking two layups on her way to 13 points that staked the Wildcats to a 17-13 advantage after being down 10-3 early.
    “None of us are happy with how we played tonight,” Wendell said as the Wildcats left the locker room following a lengthy postgame session. “We have to play more as a team. We all know that, and I think that's why Coach is so upset – he knows what we are capable of, and we're not doing it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Cloe Lane, who led the Jaguars with 16 points, said she can accept the loss because of the way South battled in the second half.
    “That second quarter was awful,” she said. “But we came back and made it somewhat close. I was proud of the way we played in the second half. If we play an entire game like we played in the second half, we can beat a lot of good teams.”
    Blue Springs won the junior varsity game 41-22. Haley Lysinger led the Wildcats with eight points and Darionna Dawson scored a game-high seven for the Jaguars.
     
     

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