It’s a good thing the Blue Springs South girls basketball team led 37-27 at halftime.

The Jaguars had to hang on for a 61-59 victory over the host North Kansas City Hornets in the opening round of the Northland Classic tournament Monday night.

“We led the whole way,” South coach Brad Oyler said after his team improved to 13-4 overall. “We held them off. We had a good first half but struggled in the second half and they hit some shots.”

Cloe Lane posted 19 points to spark the Jaguars. Brooke Neal added 14 and Remy Davenport had 13 for South, which meets top-seeded and undefeated Kearney at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.

TRUMAN 57, RUSKIN 30: Truman protected its undefeated first-place status in the Suburban Middle Seven with an easy home victory.

Abby Hix sank two 3-pointers to lead Truman in scoring with 15 points. Becca Jonas added 13 points and six rebounds, Bri Savidge had nine points and Sydney Paialii hit two 3-pointers to help spark the Patriots.

Truman (16-1, 3-0) rolled to a 24-5 halftime lead.

“We played well and knocked off a little rust considering we hadn’t played in a week and a half,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said.

STALEY 72, FORT OSAGE 66: Guard Monique Towson was too much for Fort Osage.

She pumped in 38 points to power visiting Staley to a key Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night. Towson hit 20 of 25 free throws, including 11 of 12 in the fourth quarter.

“She is a good player,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said of Towson. “She is quick and a good ball handler. We made a run at them in the fourth quarter and had to foul. The game was lost in the second quarter when we were outscored 19-11.”

Raven Bunn had 17 points, Asia Cole 16, Paige Bunn 15 and Siera Glassford 10 to lead the Indians (10-7, 4-2 Middle Seven). Staley, which led 37-28 at halftime, moved into first place at 5-1.

“They were shorter than us but outrebounded us 12-8 offensively,” Williams said.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 56, BLUE SPRINGS 19: Host Blue Springs couldn’t solve the strong Lee’s Summit North defense in suffering a Suburban Big Six defeat.

The Broncos (13-4, 3-1 Big Six) bolted to a 26-7 halftime lead and never looked back to drop the defending conference champions to 8-11 and 2-2.

Jaden Powell scored a career-high 16 points and Imani Johnson and Erica Nelson each added 13 to power the Broncos. Morgan Hensley led the Wildcats with six.

The game was scheduled for North but was switched to Blue Springs because the weekend weather left too much ice on the North parking lots. Blue Springs will play at North on Feb. 20.

OAK GROVE 46, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 44: Oak Grove snapped a nine-game losing streak with a close Missouri River Valley Conference West road victory to improve to 4-13 and 1-3.