Boys’ varsity basketball team breaks state record

The boys’ varsity basketball team broke the record for most 3-point field goals made in a single game on February 16. The team made 22 3-pointers. The record will be recorded in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The boys decided to take on the challenge after deciding they wanted their team to be in the record books.

“We thought we could,” head coach Kenny Eddy said. “We were a good enough shooting team to do it.”

The team put up 47 3-pointers in the game against Fairfield. The 3-point shooting percentage came out to be just under 47%.

“It was a really great feeling for us as a team to be able to set a goal and accomplish it,” junior Ryan Adams said.

Adams was the leading scorer with 29 points and nine 3-pointers. Other players that made 3-pointers included senior Cade Swonger with four, junior Steve Fisher with three and junior Sam Fisher with two. Seniors Nik Montgomery and Colby Shriver, and juniors Thomas Sturgeon and Mark Schmidt all had one.

Sharing the ball more and finding the most open shots were keys to breaking the record.

“Fairfield set in a zone all night,” Eddy said. “It made it easy for us to get the shots that we wanted in order to break the record.”

The team prepared in order to have the best chance at breaking the record. This included getting more shots up at practice and working on shooting the types of shots that they wanted in the game.

Even with the preparation the team had obstacles. The running clock caused pressure towards the end of the game.

“We went cold in the third quarter,” Eddy said. “We also wanted to get everyone playing time.”

The final score was 77-17. The team’s record finished as 20-1. Their season ended Thursday at Meade with a loss in the second round of the sub-state tournament.

 

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