Lee’s Summit North used a big fourth quarter Monday night to pull away from visiting Blue Springs South in a key Suburban Big Six girls basketball game.
The Broncos (15-4) outscored the Jaguars 24-13 in the fourth for a 67-53 victory that put them into first place in the conference at 4-1.
Imani Johnson and Erica Nelson powered the Broncos with 24 and 23 points, respectively, and Stevie Anderson added 11. Cloe Lane poured in 20 points and Remy Davenport added 19 for South (14-6, 3-2).
"We played very well," North coach Tricia Lillygren said. "We played a lot smarter than we had. I was very pleased."
South coach Brad Oyler said North was bigger and more physical.
"We spent the whole night trying to catch up," he said. "We had the lead only twice. Johnson and Nelson are very good players."
FORT OSAGE 54, BELTON 31: Fort Osage led 27-14 at halftime and went on to an easy Suburban Middle Seven home victory over Belton.
"It was nice to get everybody involved," Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. "We had some good minutes off the bench."
She was referring to Morgan Neff’s five points and Nimo Samana’s five points and eight rebounds. Raven Bunn led Fort Osage (11-8, 5-3) in scoring with 14 points. Asia Cole added 12 and Siera Glassford and Paige Bunn had seven each.
GRAIN VALLEY 46, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 18: The visiting Eagles easily moved to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West.
The Eagles outscored the Tigers 23-3 in the second quarter for a 31-5 halftime lead Monday.
"Defensively we were good," Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said.
Sarah Turner’s 14 points led the Eagles, and Aerreon Parker and Kendyll Bailey each added nine.
BUTLER 69, VAN HORN 36: Visiting Butler was too much for Van Horn in Saturday’s Crossroads Conference game.
Hannah Bishop and Malaea Ortiz shared Van Horn scoring honors with 12 points each. Van Horn fell to 5-12 and 0-4. Butler, which had a commanding 38-19 halftime, is 8-8 and 3-0.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 90, LIBERTY 84: There is no stopping the Blue Springs South boys basketball team in the Suburban Big Six.
Brandon Kilgore scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, K.J. Robinson drained five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points and Kevin Puryear added 22 points to power the Jaguars Saturday.
"It was a solid win," South coach Jimmy Cain said. "Both teams made a lot of plays. We hit 23 of 27 free throws."
South (15-3, 4-0) led 47-38 at halftime and held on to remain undefeated in conference play. Liberty fell to 13-5 and 1-2.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 51, BLUE SPRINGS 45: Caleb Berry was too much for Blue Springs on Monday. He scored 24 points to lead the host Broncos to the Suburban Big Six victory.
"We did a good job executing our game plan and got up by eight in the second quarter," Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. "Then we got careless and missed layups, and their confidence carried over into the second half."
Darius Vaughn’s 10 points led Blue Springs (10-8 and 1-3), and Kirk Finley and Taysean Goodwin each added eight.
"Berry had a great night," said North coach Mike Hilbert, whose team improved to 8-10 and 2-2. "He had four 3s and five rebounds. We were fortunate to come out on top."
GRAIN VALLEY 61, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 46: Grain Valley remained undefeated in the Missouri River Valley Conference West at the midway point with the home victory Monday.
The Eagles (15-3, 5-0) outscored the Tigers 38-24 in the second half.
"We played really good in the second half," Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. "They made seven 3s, hung in there and made a few runs."
Nick Alvarado scored 17 points to spark the Eagles. Jordan Mahurin scored 15 and Daniel Mahurin and Cory Ziegler nine each.
VAN HORN 58, BUTLER 43: Host Van Horn outscored Butler in each quarter Saturday night and rolled to the Crossroads Conference victory.
Isaiah Gotsis had 24 points and Anthony Winningham 15 to lead Van horn (6-11, 2-2).
"We played as a team," Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said. "The kids did a great job on their big guy (Zach Burch). We frustrated them early."