Gardner Edgerton High School pushed Blue Valley to overtime but fell just short in a tough 67-65 loss at home Jan. 4. It was the first action after the holidays for both squads.
Early in the game, Blue Valley, 3-2, took advantage of its size jumping to a 21-12 first quarter lead. By halftime the Jags were rolling and owned a 36-24 advantage.
Back came the Blazers with a 19-0 run. Dilon Dodson, who had a season high 16 points, tied the game at 50-50 with just 5:18 remaiining and his layup at the 1:19 mark gave GEHS a seemingly comfortable 56-53 lead.
However, BV called a time out and worked a play to senior Cody Lillis who calmly sent the game to OT with a 3-pointer. From there BV outscored GEHS 11-9 to post a key Eastern Kansas League win.
“We finally got our offense going in the second half and got some shots to fall,” said Coach Jeff Langrehr. “Our 1-2-1-1 press sped the game up. We took advantage of West turnovers and got back in the game. We just couldn’t close it in OT.”
The loss failed to overshadow an excellent outing by Dodson. His team-high 16 points included 2 treys and some clutch baskets. Right behind came senior Kyle Huppe with 13 points, including 8 straight points to close the third period. Ben Carpenter continues to impress netting 10 points on some solid outside shooting. Traevohn Wrench came off the bench and scored 8 points while sophomore guard Brett Wright provided 5 points. Caleb Clarke ,4, Kyle Hultgren 4, Plank 3 and Josh Lang, 2.
Now 2-3, the Blazers hit the road for games at St. Thomas Aquinas Jan. 8 and at league-leading Blue Valley Northwest Jan. 11.