Special to The Gardner News
Facing two of the best teams in the state, the Gardner Edgerton Varsity boys dropped a pair of contests last week.
On Feb. 7, GE faced off with third-ranked Blue Valley Northwest.
The Blazers stayed in the game early, only trailing by six after one period at 17-11. The Huskies then slowly pulled away to post a 64-39 win.
Tanner Webb had eight points to lead the club.
Trae Wrench and Zach Hickman had six each, CJ Hall had five, Caleb Clarke and Chip Kueffer had three each, Dilon Dodson and Matt Plank had two each, and Jamain Lang had one point in the loss.
Three nights later the Blazers were back on the hardwoods against the top rated high school outfit in the Kansas City area-Blue Valley North.
Early on, it looked like GE had an opportunity to get the upset.
Led by Hickman and Kyle Huppe who had seven and five points respectively, the Blazers sprinted out to a 14-9 first quarter lead.
GE went cold in the second period, not scoring until the 3:40 mark when Webb hit a three.
That was the only points the Blazers would score in the stanza as North went in front 19-17 at the break.
The Mustangs kept the pressure on to begin the second half, using a 20-8 run to go in front 39-25 with 7:12 to play in the contest.
GE came roaring back behind Hickman and Huppe who had five points each in a 10-2 run to trim the advantage to 41-35 with 4:57 remaining in the contest.
But that was as close as the Blazers would get as North posted the win at 53-44.
Hickman finished with 22 points to lead the club.
Huppe was right behind him with 13.Dodson, Webb and Wrench had three points each to round out the scoring effort.
Now 9-7 on the campaign, GE is back in action on Feb. 17 when they travel to Saint Thomas Aquinas.
Results of a game with Blue Valley on Feb. 14 were not available at press time.
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