Things looked bright for a talented Blue Springs South squad that had been struggling offensively.
Cloe Lane opened Monday night’s home game against the Truman Patriots with a 3-pointer and Remy Davenport followed with a short jump.
“Then, I don’t know what happened,” a frustrated Jaguars coach Brad Oyler said after his team misfired on 11 consecutive times down the court.
Meanwhile, the 7-0 Patriots were heating up and took a 19-5 lead into the second quarter of a non-conference game they went on to win 58-42.
“They have the ‘Big Three,’” Oyler, a former Truman assistant, said, referring to Becca Jonas, Abby Hix and Kayla Harrell. “It’s tough to stop one of them – and tonight, we didn’t stop any of them.”
Hix led all scorers with 17 points followed by Jonas with 16 and Harrell with 12.
“They are such a good team,” Oyler added. “We won the second and fourth quarters, but they got off to that big first-quarter lead and came out strong in the third quarter and we couldn’t come back. If we could have done anything offensively early in the game we might have made a better game out of it.”
Truman coach Steve Cassity was thrilled with his team’s first-quarter intensity and their 20-8 performance after halftime, but he was disappointed in the way they closed the game – and he let them know about it during a late timeout.
“You can’t lose your composure or intensity against a team Brad Oyler coaches, or they’re going to come after you,” said Cassity, whose Patriots were outscored 13-9 in the final quarter.
“We did a lot of good things tonight. Kayla was all over the place defensively – she does all the things you don’t see in the scorebook. I thought Abby worked hard to get her shots and Becca was Becca – she does so many things to help the team win. And all the other kids – our sophomores, Bri (Savidge) and Lexi (Hart) played well and Ashley (McKinney) does a nice job running the offense.”
Cassity said it was the early run that allowed his team to relax late.
“We took advantage of their long (scoreless) streak in the first quarter and played really well until it was late and we had that big lead,” he said. “But I told the girls, they have to maintain their composure and compete for four quarters.”
Jonas scored six points in the first quarter and Hix added five as the Patriots ran off to the 14-point lead.
“South is such a good team, we knew we had to score when we had the opportunity,” Hix said. “We got the early lead and were able to maintain it the rest of the game.”
Page 2 of 2 - Harrell said the Patriots are off to their undefeated start because every player is comfortable with their spot on the team.
“We know our roles and we’re comfortable with them,” Harrell said. “Becca can shoot and rebound and pass, Abby hits from the outside and Bri and Lexi bring so much athleticism to the team. And I like to do what Coach calls the ‘little things.’ It’s the things no one really notices except him and my teammates. And as long as we keep doing what we’re doing, it’s going to be a fun and successful season.”
Lane led the 4-2 Jaguars with 15 points.
Truman won the junior varsity game 44-40. Truman’s Davielle Swinson-Spears scored 22 points, and Molly Maupin scored 12 for the Jaguars.