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Examiner
  • Falcons halt Pats' regular-season streak

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  • Truman fell to one of the top-rated big-school teams in Kansas in Friday’s nightcap in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University, snapping a regular-season win streak that stretches back nearly two years.
    Olathe (Kan.) South jumped out to an 8-0 lead went on to win 55-40, dropping the Patriots to 7-1.
    “Honestly, they beat us from buzzer to buzzer in about every phase of the game,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “I wish I could point to a single phase or element of contest that was the key.”
    Becca Jonas netted 13 points and Kayla Harrell seven for Truman. Bailey Rinehart had 13 points, Jordan Morton 12 and junior Kansas State verbal commitment Kylee Kopatich six points and six assists for Olathe South (4-1).
    Cassity said there’s no shame in losing to a team as good as the Falcons.
    “As coaches and players you can learn from a December loss,” he said. “You can spend January fixing it up so you’re ready to go in February.”
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 58, SHAWNEE MISSION (KAN.) WEST 27: A 12-2 start led to an easy victory for Lee’s Summit North in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
    Imani Johnson scored 19 points, Brooke Jordan and Lachelle Parks added nine each and Erica Nelson had eight in the Broncos' rout. North (5-2) led 16-9 after one quarter and 24-13 at halftime.
    “We had 22 turnovers, with many in the second quarter,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said. “After that we played well.”
    The Broncos limited West’s 6-foot-2 center Marleah Campbell to four points. West fell to 0-4.
    “I was happy with that,” Lillygren said.
    BLUE VALLEY (KAN.) NORTH 56, BLUE SPRINGS 29: A 36-11 halftime deficit was too much for Blue Springs to overcome in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University. The Wildcats fell to 2-4.
    LAFAYETTE COUNTY 56, OAK GROVE 48: Nine 3-pointers weren’t enough for Oak Grove to upend a solid Huskers team.
    Junior Emily Craig led the 3-point barrage with four on her way to scoring 16 points. Easton Harmon and Jordyn Anspach each contributed 11 points and Devonn Ritchie eight. Harmon had three treys, including one for a four-point play.
    Lafayette County (7-1) never looked back after taking a 15-6 opening-quarter lead. Still, Oak Grove (3-5) hung tough, trailing by only four points late in the game.
    “I was really pleased with our effort,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. “They are a quality team. The nine 3’s are the most since I’ve been here.”

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