Pirates basketball falls short of state

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Kinley Brown

Junior Jaron Briggs locking up on defense against the Bobcats.

Alex Ivanuska

This year, Pirates basketball came short of the state tournament after bumping up to 5A. Both boys and girls had won the first round of sub-state on Mar. 3rd but then went on to lose in the second round on Mar. 5th.

The whole season was definitely one for the books, it was just all around so weird,” said senior girls basketball player Dawnyale Bruce. “We didn’t know when our last game was going to be whether that was because we got shut down because of COVID or because we would lose the first round of state. I feel we did all we could to try and make it to the final four but we just fell short. There were times in the game that we could have played a little harder but overall I feel we played a good game we just didn’t have the outcome that we expected.” 

Both the Pirates and Lady Pirates were able to get out of the first round with their matchups against the Basehor Bobcats.

We were very good defensively,” said girls varsity coach Shane Stout. “We limited Basehor’s opportunities the entire game.” 

The girls won their game 51-42 while the boys won their game 53-40. Similar to the Lady Pirates, defense was also key for the Pirates to clinch the first round win.

“Defense was the key,” Bassett said. “We had to take away the things they’re usually successful with on the defensive end.”

We had to take away the things they’re usually successful with on the defensive end”

— Lance Bassett

In a close second round matchup, the girls lost to Lansing by a score of 35-32 and the boys lost to Washington by a score of 63-60. The boys team seemed to get off to a slow start in their second round matchup.

“We went on a run at the end of the 2nd quarter but I feel like if we would have had that momentum for longer we would’ve been able to mess with the other team’s morale,” said sophomore basketball player Lance Bassett. 

However for the Lady Pirates, it was their lack of offense that hurt them in their second round loss. 

Defensively we were very good,” said girls varsity coach Shane Stout. “Offensively, we could have come up with a few more sets to score out of.”

Both teams are looking forward to next season and are ready to go at it again and make a run for state again. 

I feel they will come back better,” Bruce said. “It will definitely be a challenge with six seniors leaving but I know my teammates and I know that they are ready for the challenge.”