• Wildcats bounce back with conference win

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  • PECULIAR – The Blue Springs boys basketball team quickly made amends for Monday night loss to Lee’s Summit North.
    The Wildcats led 28-17 at halftime and went on to a 56-44 Suburban Big Six victory at Raymore-Peculiar Tuesday night.
    “We did a good job of bouncing back,” said Blue Springs coach Adam Jones, whose team improved to 11-8 overall and 2-3 in the Big Six. “Our bench played well, getting a lot of steals into easy offense.”
    Taysean Goodwin had 16 points, Kai Miller 12, Darius Vaughn 10 and Cody Isabel eight to lead the Wildcats.
    PARK HILL SOUTH 59, TRUMAN 56: Lady luck wasn’t on Truman’s side Tuesday night, as host Park Hill South held on in overtime for a Suburban Middle Six victory.
    Truman’s Michael Hernandez missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation, and Reid Titus missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the end of overtime.
    South led 29-26 at halftime. The teams were tied 46-46 at the end of regulation.
    Hernandez and Titus each finished with 19 points to pace Truman (6-12, 0-3). Deandre Young added eight.
    VAN HORN 54, MARANATHA ACADEMY (KAN.) 52: Anthony Winningham made two free throws with 0.3 of a second left after Maranatha was whistled for an intentional foul, clinching the Crossroads Conference victory for the visiting Falcons.
    After Maranatha tied the game with 30 seconds left, Van Horn (7-11, 3-2 Crossroads) ran the clock down to 3.6 seconds before coach Daniel Bieser called a timeout. The Falcons aimed to run a play for Winningham, and when the senior guard beat his defender off-the-ball, the defender grabbed Winningham’s jersey and drew the fateful whistle.
    “I’ve never seen a game end like that,” said Bieser, whose team led 29-21 at halftime before Maranatha closed the gap to 41-39 for the fourth quarter.
    Winningham’s 18 points led Van Horn, Isaiah Gotsis added 15 and Blair Fink and Samila Sua pitched in eight apiece.
    TRUMAN 74, PARK HILL SOUTH 41: The Truman girls basketball team used a strong inside game for an easy Suburban Middle Six victory at Park Hill South Tuesday night.
    “Our post players scored 47 points,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “We passed the ball well and shot at a high percentage. It was a good conference win on the road.”
    Becca Jonas had 24 points five rebounds. Abby Hix 17 points with three 3-pointers, Lexi Hart 13 points and nine rebounds and Bri Savidge 10 points in leading Truman (18-1, 5-0).
    Truman, ranked third in the latest Class 5 state coaches poll, rolled to a 45-27 halftime lead.
    BLUE SPRINGS 64, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 51: Brianna Tauai tossed in 21 points to pace the Wildcats’ Suburban Big Six home win Monday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Morgan Hensley added 12 points, Moriah Panuco eight, Aliyah Lee seven and Madison Sykes and Morgan McMahan six points apiece for Blue Springs, which improved to 3-2 in the Big Six and 9-11 overall.
    MARANATHA ACADEMY (KAN.) 54, VAN HORN 50: Missed free throws hurt Van Horn’s chances for a Crossroads Conference road victory Tuesday.
    The Falcons took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter. But three consecutive missed one-and-one free throws prevented the Falcons (5-12, 0-5) from clinching the victory.
    “We played better,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said. “The missed free throws were the game changer.”
    Hannah Bishop fired in a career-high 24 points and Malaea Ortiz added 13 for Van Horn, which trailed 21-18 at halftime.
    PLEASANT HILL 50, OAK GROVE 39: Host Pleasant Hill held off Oak Grove for the Missouri River Valley Conference West triumph Monday night.
    “We got to within two points in the third quarter,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. “We have trouble finishing games.”
    Pleasant Hill led 22-17 at halftime in dropping the Panthers to 4-15 and 1-5.
    Savannah Taylor and Janelle Anspach shared Oak Grove scoring honors with eight points each.
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