Becca Jonas was in the right place at the right time.
She followed Sydney Paialii’s missed drive shot with a putback with 36 seconds remaining as host Truman held off the Lee’s Summit North girls basketball team 46-45 Monday night to remain undefeated.
Jonas finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, Kayla Harrell had 11 points and Abby Hix added 10 points as Truman (5-0) escaped its closest game of the season.
North, 3-2 after falling to Truman for the second time in four days, took a 45-44 lead on Erica Nelson’s 3-pointer.
“Then we came down and ran our normal offense,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “I hope we can keep it rolling.”
Sisters Imani Johnson and Aaliyah Johnson paced North with 10 points each.
“We were 13 of 16 on free throws, and they were 6 of 11,” Cassity said. “That was a difference in the game, and we attacked and worked the offensive glass.”
BLUE SPRINGS 77, KCK SCHLAGLE 28: Aliyah Lee’s 22 points led the Wildcats in their first win of the season Monday, in the first round of the Blue Springs South/Blue Springs McDonald’s Tournament at South High School.
"I thought we did a good job sharing the ball," Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. "It was nice to have a game to work on some stuff."
Morgan McMahan added 14 points and Jasmine Tauai nine for the Wildcats (1-2), who will play Columbian Hickman in Wednesday’s semifinals.
LIBERTY 70, FORT OSAGE 52: Liberty hit 28 of 48 free throws to defeat Fort Osage in the opening round of the Liberty North Tournament. Fort Osage (1-2) was 11 of 27 at the foul line.
“We did a poor job of making mental adjustments,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We had five kids foul out.”
Liberty never looked back after jumping to an 18-5 first-quarter lead and enjoyed a safe 41-20 halftime advantage.
Raven Bunn’s 17 points and Siera Glassford’s 15 were tops for Fort Osage, which meets Cameron at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation bracket.
HIGGINSVILLE 52, OAK GROVE 29: Oak Grove (1-3) was no match for the host team in the opening round of the Husker Classic on Monday night. The Panthers play a consolation bracket game at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
COLUMBIA ROCK BRIDGE 61, BLUE SPRINGS 28: A solid Rock Bridge team was too much for Blue Springs on Sunday in the Norm Stewart Classic in Columbia.
Page 2 of 2 - “We handled their 1-3-1 zone early,” Spigarelli said. “They are a good team. Everybody is back. There is no starter under 6 foot.”
The Bruins beat Blue Springs in the state semifinals last season.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 60, LEE’S SUMMIT 35: Haley Rodriguez fired in 19 points to pace Chrisman to the victory in Friday’s seventh-place game in the Lee’s Summit North Tournament.