Gardner Edgerton High School made all six of its free-throw attempts in the last minute and 12 seconds to defeat rival Blue Valley High School 53-48 in a key Eastern Kansas League match at home Jan. 25.
Blue Valley closed within 45-44 with 1:36 remaining in the game. On the next possession, sophomore Brett Wright was fouled and calmly sank 2 free throws to put GEHS up 47-44. Once again, Blue Valley turned the ball over against the Blazers full court press and fouled Wright. He sank 2 more at the charity stripe to put GEHS up 49-44.
“Brett won the El Dorardo tourney sinking 13-14 at the foul line and continues to provide clutch play,” said Coach Jeff Langrehr. “The team is playing real well right now getting contributions from several players.”
Blue Valley, 5-6, 2-3, took a 24-23 lead at halftime. However, the Blazers outscored the Tigers by eight in the second period and took control. The Blazers held off a second half Tiger rally to post their 5th straight win.
Senior Kyle Huppe led the scoring netting a game high 20 points. He scored eight points in the pivotal third quarter. Seniors Dilon Dodson and Matt Plank had 10 points apiece.
Now 7-5, 3-4, GEHS traveled to Blue Valley West Jan 29 and then returns home to host Blue Valley Southwest for Winter Royalty, Feb. 1.