Olathe West Falls to Gardner Edgerton 51-44

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Olathe West Falls to Gardner Edgerton 51-44

Junior Cougar Downing drives the ball towards the hoop during the Owls losing game.

Junior Cougar Downing drives the ball towards the hoop during the Owls losing game.

Matt Bice

Junior Cougar Downing drives the ball towards the hoop during the Owls losing game.

Matt Bice

Matt Bice

Junior Cougar Downing drives the ball towards the hoop during the Owls losing game.

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Last Thursday, the Owls were defeated by the Gardner Edgerton Trailblazers. This game would be Gardner’s second straight game away from home, and they will carry in an astounding seven-game win streak. Meanwhile, West came in trying to keep their own success going after getting wins in their last two games.

 

The overall complexion of this game was honestly pretty mediocre. Neither team was able to get anything going on the offensive end. To give an idea of how it went, Gardner Edgerton shot 2/16 from the field in the second quarter and only scored five points during those eight minutes.

 

For the most part, the Trailblazers held control of the game. They kept a lead until West gained their first lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. But that ended up being short-lived, and Gardner had the lead at the end of the third quarter, 22-21.

 

The fourth quarter, however, was a bit more back and forth than the previous three quarters. But as the game went along, West missed shots, Gardner pulled down it seemed like every possible rebound, and they closed the game going 8-9 from the field and ultimately winning 51-44.

 

As stated before, this game was very sloppy. Gardner Edgerton’s Brody Marshall received two quick fouls early in the first quarter, and Olathe West’s Austin Hashagen had three fouls early in the second quarter as well. One of the only bright spots in the game was a three-point buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter by Olathe West senior Dominic Messina. Other than that, the game lacked spice. Neither team had any transition offense off of rebounds, which led to the game seeming slow moving and dull. In fact, Olathe West’s 44 points scored is their lowest point total of the season thus far.

 

With the win, Gardner Edgerton extended their winning streak to nine games with this win, and after their win against Shawnee Mission east this last Tuesday, they pushed it to 10 games. However, West now has dropped its last two games after losing on Tuesday to Olathe East. Each team now only has one regular season game left. Olathe West will play Olathe Northwest on Friday and Gardner will go up against Shawnee Mission Northwest on that same night.