CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — The Blue Springs boys basketball team used a big first half and balanced scoring to post an easy win in the opening round of Carl Junction’s CJ Classic. Tournament Thursday night.

Six players scored at least eight points each as the Wildcats routed Pittsburg (Kan.) 83-66.

Kirk Finley posted 13 points to lead the balanced attack. Tyree King and Quinton Harris each scored 11 points, Kai Miller and Justin Hall added nine each and Cody Isabel had eight.

“I was disappointed with the defensive effort in the fourth quarter, but we did enough good things in the first half,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said after his team improved to 7-5 overall.

Pittsburg matched the Wildcats’ 24 points in the fourth quarter but Blue Springs already held a commanding lead.

Blue Springs faces Seneca at 7 tonight in the second round of the round-robin, four-team tournament.


KCK WASHINGTON 77, VAN HORN 64: Despite career nights by Erica Nelson and Malaea Ortiz, foul trouble prevented Van Horn from upsetting the host school in the second round of the Washington Lady Cats Tournament Thursday night.

Three Van Horn starters fouled out attempting to stop Washington standout Doniesha Womack, who fired in 44 points.

Nelson fired in a career-high 36 points and Ortiz added a career-best 22 to lead Van Horn (5-9), which led by six points at halftime and then extended it to 14 in the third quarter.

“We battled,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said. “We’re getting better.”

Van Horn plays in the third-place game at 6:30 tonight.

PLEASANT HILL 47, OAK GROVE 33: Visiting Pleasant Hill kept Oak Grove winless at 0-3 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West with a victory Thursday night.

Emily Craig totaled 11 points and Devon Ritchie had 10 points to pace Oak Grove (3-11 overall), which suffered its seventh-straight loss.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries with two broken noses and a dislocated shoulder,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. “But the ones who are playing are playing really hard. I am really proud of the way they are competing.”

Oak Grove couldn’t overcome a 21-11 halftime deficit.