GEHS junior Cassie Wait scores two of her team high 13 points in the Lady Blazers 41-34 home win Jan. 13 versus Blue Valley Northwest.  Photo courtesy of Plank Photography

Dave Switzer
Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner Edgerton varsity basketball girls ran their record to 8-1 with a pair of hard-fought home league wins last week.
On Jan. 10, the Lady Blazers dropped Saint Thomas Aquinas, 29-18.  GE got out to a 14-4 first quarter lead and then kept their trademark pressure defense up the rest of the contest to post a win against the defending 5A state champions.
Cassie Wait led a balanced scoring attack with seven tallies.  ShelbeVandeberghe added six, Kari Devlin, Kyla Martin, and KileyReindl-Boden had four each and Molly Porter and Dani Plank each added two to the victory total.
“We did a good job shooting free throws and running our offense to set up scoring opportunities,” said head coach Scott Schaefer about the win.
The squad was back on the hardwoods three nights later when they hosted another rugged league foe, the Blue Valley Northwest Lady Huskies.
After falling behind at the half, GE came storming back to earn a well-deserved 41-34 triumph.
The Lady Blazers got off to a great start in this one, using two Wait lay-ups to take an early 4-0 lead.  Northwest then went on an 8-2 run to end the quarter to go in front 8-6.
Porter quickly erased that advantage with a three at the 6:36 mark of quarter number two.
Porter’s basket gave her team a 9-8 lead and turned out to be the only hoop GE would score that was not a lay-up for the entire contest.
The Lady Huskies would regain the lead moments later and would hold it for the rest of the stanza, leading 15-13 at the break.
The Lady Blazers came storming out of the gate to begin the second half, using baskets by Plank, Wait, and Devlin to go on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes of the third period.
Those buckets gave GE a 19-15 lead.
Northwest didn’t fold their tent and closed the gap to 23-21 entering the final frame.
Vandeberghe hit a shot to begin the period and after the Lady Huskies answered, Plank dropped in a lay-up to give her team a 27-23 lead at the 6:56 mark. Northwest trimmed the lead to one at 27-26 on a triple with just under six minutes to go in the affair.
That was as close as the Huskies would get.  Plank hit two free throws, Wait had a couple of more driving lay-ups-the junior guard would finish with a team high 13 points, and ReindlBoden and Vandeberghe both hit several key charities down the stretch as the club won going away at 41-34.
“We didn’t play very well in the first half, but we came out with better intensity in the second half,” said coach Scott Schaefer after the win.
Besides Wait’s 13, Plank was also in double digits with 10.  Vandeberghe had eight, Devlin had six, Porter had three and Reindl-Boden had one.
Now 6-1 in league play, the team will face a very stiff test this week when they tangle with Blue Valley on Jan. 20.  The Lady Tigers are currently in first place in the league.