Truman can boast of having two current girls basketball players in the career 1,000-point club.
Friday night, senior guard Abby Hix reached the 1,000-point plateau by scoring 15 to help the Patriots cruise to a 61-46 Suburban Middle Six courtwarming victory over visiting Lee’s Summit West. In doing so, she joined fellow senior Becca Jonas. Jonas, who led Truman Friday with 21 points, crossed the plateau on Jan. 13 during Truman’s 65-27 victory over visiting Park Hill.
“We knew it was coming up,” said Hix, who surpassed 1,000 points early in the third quarter. “But (we knew) it was going to be easy to get with a team that can pass so well.”
Truman’s passing skills are why Hix and Jonas are 1,000-point scorers, Hix and Patriots coach Steve Cassity said.
“You look at those two players and say, ‘What great players,’” Cassity said. “But you also look at the supporting cast and say, ‘What good teammates.’”
Members of the supporting cast who contributed to Friday’s victory included Bri Savidge. The sophomore forward scored 16 points – eight of them during the second quarter, when the Patriots (17-1, 4-0 Middle Six) repeatedly fed her passes for open layups.
“I think we ran the floor really well,” Savidge said. “Getting the ball moved around the perimeter opened up stuff on the inside – and pushing the ball, (going) up-tempo, getting good looks from outside and inside really helped us open up the court. We got some good shots the second quarter.”
The Patriots, however, got their offense going before the second quarter. Sparked by eight points from Jonas, they were up 16-5 after one quarter. West outscored Truman 20-16 the second quarter to cut Truman’s lead to seven, 32-25, at halftime.
In addition to the 2-point basket that put her over 1,000 points, Hix sank a 3-pointer to help Truman outscore West 16-8 the third quarter. Jonas’ eight fourth-quarter points helped the Patriots claim their double-digit win.
Austin Richardson led the Titans with 14 total points, followed by Casey Cunningham with 11 and Taylor Jackson with 10.
PARK HILL 81, TRUMAN 59: The Truman-West girls meeting was the opener in a courtwarming doubleheader. Sparked by Landry Shamet’s 23 points, Park Hill cruised past Truman 81-59 in the boys game.
Shamet was among three Trojans in double figures. Louis Reinmiller and Deionte Wilson contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Reid Titus scored 16 points paced Truman (6-11, 0-2). Michael Hernandez contributed 15 points, followed by Quinton Brown with 10.
“I thought they played hard,” Truman boys coach Billy Guinnee said of his team’s performance. “At this point in the season, they could mail it in, they could give up. But I thought they came out and battled.”