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Examiner
  • South's balance too much for Lee's Summit

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  • This is the type of scoring a basketball coach will take every night.
    Five players scored in double figures as Blue Springs South’s boys posted a 64-54 victory over visiting Lee’s Summit Friday night to remain unbeaten in the Suburban Big Six.
    Kevin Puryear had 14 points, Kendall Blanton 11 and K.J. Robinson, Brandon Kilgore and Thomas Abarca 10 each in leading Class 5 No. 7 South (14-3, 3-0). Jacob Towler added nine.
    “We hung tough,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “We didn’t play well early. We played well together.”
    BLUE SPRINGS 53, LIBERTY 50: Darius Vaughn scored six points at the right time.
    Those six points in overtime capped an 11-point night and lifted Blue Springs to a key Suburban Big Six victory at Liberty.
    Liberty (14-3, 1-1) tied the score 42-42 and forced the overtime with a basket with 12 seconds remaining. But with Vaughn leading the way, the Wildcats (10-7, 1-2) outscored Liberty 11-8 in the four-minute overtime.
    “We played really good tonight,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “I was really proud of our complete effort on both ends of the floor.”
    Kirk Finley’s 12 points led the Wildcats, and Kai Miller added 11.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 67, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 61: Zach Lamb made certain the visiting Broncos posted their first Suburban Big Six victory.
    He scored a career-high 22 points with five 3-pointers in leading the Broncos. Anthony Lupardus added 16, Caleb Berry 14 and Tyler Lovelace 10. North led 31-26 at halftime and held on to improve to 1-2 in the Big Six and 7-10 overall.
    “It was an evenly matched game” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “Both teams shot the ball well. We made eight 3s and they had seven. We made a play or two down the stretch that was the difference in the game. It was really nice to get a conference road win on a Friday night.”
    SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 79, VAN HORN 57: Summit Christian blitzed the visiting Falcons in the early going for a Crossroads Conference runaway.
    Van Horn (5-11) trailed 22-6 after one quarter and 41-13 at halftime. Isaiah Gotsis netted 20 points and Anthony Winningham 19 for the Falcons.
    Taurin Hughes’ 24 led Summit Christian.
    “We struggled to score in the first half and struggled to stop them the whole game,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said. “We had 11 turnovers in the first half, and they’re a good transition team.”
    Girls
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 70, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 55: North improved to 3-1 in the Suburban Big Six and 14-4 overall with Friday’s road win.
    “Offensively, we had enough good streaks to get the win, and having four starters in double figure was nice plus.” said North coach Tricia Lillygren said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Imani Johnson scored 24 points, lifting her season total to an area-best 308, Stevie Anderson a career-high 14, Erica Nelson 13 and Jaden Powell 10.
    The Broncos led 30-17 at halftime and coasted the remainder of the way.
    SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 64, VAN HORN 42: A 40-26 halftime deficit was too much for visiting Van Horn to overcome in a Crossroads Conference loss.
    “We have to get better on defense,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said. “We also had 30 turnovers.”
    Hannah Bishop had a season-high 19 points to guide the Falcons.
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