OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — It was Blue Springs’ toughest loss of the season.
A Shawnee Mission (Kan.) West player hit a free throw with six-tenths of a second remaining to defeat Blue Springs 43-42 in the fifth-place game of the Blue Valley (Kan.) North KA-MO Classic tournament Friday night.
“We took a shot and missed and several players scrambled for the rebound and a foul was called on us,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “The worst scenario, we should have gone into overtime. The kids did a great job. I was proud of their effort.”
Bri Tauai scored 13 points to lead the Wildcats. Aliyah Lee added nine, Morgan Hensley eight and Morgan McMahan seven as Blue Springs fell to 7-9 heading into Suburban Big Six conference play next week.
KANSAS CITY (KAN.) BISHOP WARD 50, VAN HORN 39: Malaea Ortiz’s 23 points weren’t enough as Van Horn fell to the Cyclones in the third-place game of the Kansas City (Kan.) Washington Lady Cats Tournament Friday night.
“We have to learn to play together and finish games,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said after his team dropped to 5-10 overall. “But we’re getting better.”
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 65, KANSAS CITY CENTRAL 28: Visiting William Chrisman was never pressured in posting its fourth-consecutive victory and improving to 8-7 with a non-conference road win Thursday.
Bri Burns scored 12 points to lead 11 Chrisman players in the scoring column. Haley Rodriguez added 11 points and Rachel Losch and Adreon Ball contributed 10 each for the Bears.
The Bears hit 25 of 44 two-point attempts and nabbed 26 steals.