The Blue Springs girls basketball team saved the best for last while successfully opening its bid for a fourth-consecutive Suburban Big Six conference title.
The Wildcas (5-6) outscored host Liberty 18-9 over the final eight minutes for a 41-37 road victory Thursday night.
Aliyah Lee scored 12 points and Brianna Tauai added 10 to spark the Wildcats, who trailed 14-11 at halftime and 28-23 entering the final quarter.
“We cut down on our turnovers in the fourth quarter and hit some free throws that helped,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “Morgan Hensley hit three of four free throws. We did a good job of maintaining intensity for four quarters.
GRAIN VALLEY 65, PEMBROKE HILL 34: The Grain Valley girls stormed into the Pleasant Hill Invitational championship game in easy fashion Thursday night.
The Eagles (9-2) led 23-5 after one quarter and coasted the remainder of the way to earn a berth in Saturday’s 6 p.m. final against Grandview or Clinton.
“We got off to a great start that I’ve been pleased with,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We are playing well and have a good test coming Saturday.”
Kendyll Bailey scored 13 points to lead the Eagles’ balanced attack. Sarah Turner added 11, Kali Carson had 10 and Darby Scharfenkamp contributed nine.
KEARNEY 58, FORT OSAGE 36: Undefeated and host Kearney denied Fort Osage a spot in the finals of the Bulldog Classic.
The Bulldogs raced to a 30-16 halftime lead on their way to the semifinal victory Thursday night. Fort Osage (7-5) faces North Kansas City at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for third place.
“They are a complete team,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said of Kearney. ‘”We didn’t play well enough to win. They zoned us (on defense), and we didn’t shoot well.”
Fort Osage had one bright spot. Senior Raven Bunn scored 10 points, giving her 1,008 for her Fort Osage career.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 62, SEDALIA SMITH-COTTON 22: It was a happy trip home from Sedalia for the Broncos.
Imani Johnson scored 17 points, Erica Nelson and Aaliyah Johnson added 10 each and Jaden Powell had nine as North improved to 9-2. North led 35-5 at halftime on the way to its sixth-consecutive win.
“We got a lot of kids some experience and were able to use some different combinations,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said.
HOLDEN 55, VAN HORN 53: The Falcons were a tough loser in the second round of the Lathrop Tournament.
Anthony Winningham and Isaiah Gotsis scored 15 points each and Jordan Spencer added nine points to lead the Falcons (3-6). Winningham narrowly missed a long potential game-winning shot at the buzzer.
Page 2 of 2 - The game was close throughout as Holden led 24-23 at haltime and 45-42 after three quarters.
Van Horn faces the East Buchanan-Lathrop loser for third-place at 5 p.m. Saturday.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 70, ROCKHURST 57: Host Lee’s Summit North outscored Rockhurst 27-23 in a frenzied fourth quarter to preserve the victory.
Jalen Ford scored a career-high 19 points, Anthony Lupardus added 15, Tyler Lovelace 12 and Caleb Berry 11 to power the Broncos (4-6), who led 32-21 at halftime.