PECULIAR — All went well for the Blue Springs South boys basketball team as it opened defense of the Suburban Big Six title.
Brandon Kilgore scored a career-high 18 points to lead three starters in double figures as the Jaguars stopped Raymore-Peculiar 64-43 Tuesday night.
Kevin Puryear added 17 points and K.J. Robinson 13 for the 12-3 Jaguars, who led 35-24 at halftime.
“We stayed with it,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “It was a possession-by-possession game, and we went on a decent run in the second quarter, got a little bit of a lead and kept our composure.”
GRAIN VALLEY 79, ACE PREP 56: Host Grain Valley had every thing go its way in an opening-round romp at the Sonic Showdown.
Jordan Mahurin’s 17 points paced the Eagles, who enjoyed a safe 45-23 halftime lead. Cody Zeigler had 12 points, Zack Ehlen 10 and Daniel Mahurin nine.
“It was a good team win,” said Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert, whose team meets O’Hara at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.
FORT OSAGE 65, NORTH KANSAS CITY 51: Fort Osage rolls on, as a 35-25 halftime lead jump-started the Indians to a Suburban Middle Seven road victory Tuesday night.
Brian Starr led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. Will Penamon added 20 points and Skylar Thompson 11 as the Indians (10-5, 2-1) made it five victories in a row by outscoring the Hornets in each quarter.
“It was a nice team victory,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “The combination of good defense, rebounding and knocking down shots have been the keys to the winning streak. Starr, Penamon and Thompson created a lot on their own.”
LINCOLN PREP 71, VAN HORN 50: Lincoln Prep broke open a close game by outscoring Van Horn 21-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the first-round victory in the Grain Valley Sonic Showdown.
“They came at us in waves in the fourth quarter, and our legs went out from under us,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said.
Marquis Collins tossed in 20 points and Anthony Winningham 15 to lead the 5-8 Falcons, who play in the consolation bracket Thursday night against the Pleasant Hill-Staley loser.
Van Horn trailed 43-36 at halftime.
LIBERTY 53, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 39: Host Liberty never gave Lee’s Summit North (6-9) a chance to in the Suburban Big Six opener.
The Blue Jays jumped out a 21-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
“We never got much better,” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “It was a difficult night. We dug ourselves a hole we could never get out of. Liberty shot the ball well to begin the game.
Sophomore center Tyler Lovelace was the lone North standout with 14 points.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 74, STALEY 51: After Monique Towson burned South in the first quarter, the Jaguars altered their defensive approach and pulled away for a non-league win at home.
South (11-4) led 20-19 after the first quarter, but Towson had 14 of Staley’s points, half of hers coming on free throws.
“We started off just playing off of her and not letting her drive, but we got too passive with that,” South coach Brad Oyler said. “After that, if she passed we tried not to let her get it back.
“Our problem was they got too many offensive boards at first. We picked up our rebounding and pulled away, and the defense picked it up and executed on offense.”
South led 41-27 at halftime and took 57-41 lead into the fourth. Cloe Lane and Remy Davenport netted 19 points apiece to lead the Jaguars, as Davenport knocked down three 3-pointers. Tiffany Davenport added eight points and Brooke Neal seven.
Towson finished with 25 for Staley.