After games like the one Blue Springs South’s girls basketball team had Monday afternoon, it’s hard to not have all players go home feeling better.
Facing Raytown South in the first round of the Blue Springs South/Blue Springs McDonald’s Tournament, the host Jaguars scored 10 points before the Cardinals got on the board, then rang up 27 more before the Cardinals’ next basket on their way to a 72-14 thumping.
Cloe’ Lane’s 20 points and six rebounds and Jolene Williams’ 15 points led the unbeaten Jaguars (3-0), who play Pleasant Hill in Wednesday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal on their home court.
“We came out and kind of got the job done, put them in a hole,” Williams said. “We started hitting shots. Our first couple games we hadn’t shot well from outside, but we worked together as a team.”
Williams had a basket and Lane two 3-pointers to give South an 8-0 lead and cause Raytown South (1-3) coach Aaron Ihm to call for a timeout just 1:30 in.
The Cardinals couldn’t handle the Jaguars’ full-court press, committing seven turnovers in the first period. Remy Davenport and Williams had two baskets each, Tiffany Davenport netted two treys and Lane contributed a three-point play as the lead ballooned to 26-2 by quarter’s end.
South pulled off its press for the second quarter but still yielded little. Lane and Williams scored seven points each, and Remy Davenport’s buzzer-beating 28-footer sent South into halftime with a 51-6 lead.
“We’ve struggled offensively the first couple games; we had some people that weren’t on,” South coach Brad Oyler said. “Hopefully we got that phase of our game on track.”
With the running mercy clock in the second half, South took a 67-8 lead into the fourth before the Cardinals outscored the Jaguars 6-5 in the final quarter. Diamond White’s six points paced Raytown South.
The Jaguars committed just six turnovers while benefitting from 17 by Raytown South. Remy Davenport finished with 12 points, Brooke Neal had seven points and Makayla Moore added seven rebounds for the Jaguars, who used 13 players – 11 of whom scored at least one point.
“We wanted to get out and play our game,” Oyler said. “We were able to do that; we got up and down the floor. We also got to face some zone and work on that (offense).”