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Examiner
  • Johnson tops Broncos' all-time mark in win

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  • Senior Imani Johnson is the new all-time leading career scorer in Lee’s Summit North girls basketball history.
    She scored 20 points to pace the host Broncos to a key 55-45 Suburban Big Six victory over Liberty Monday night.
    The 20 points lifted Johnson’s career total to 1,531 and broke the school record of 1,520 set by standout Claire Coggins, who also went on to star at Kansas State and play in the WNBA.
    North (17-6, 6-1) outscored Liberty 25-18 in the second half for the victory to remain atop the Big Six conference standings. The Broncos hit 13 of 14 free throws in the quarter, including 10 of 10 by Johnson. They shot 20 of 26 from the line for the game.
    Erica Nelson added 16 points for the Broncos, and Aaliyah Johnson grabbed a team-high six rebounds.
    “She did a great job in replacing Imani in the fourth quarter after she got into foul trouble,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said of Aaliyah, Imani’s younger sister.
    BLUE SPRINGS 41, LEE’S SUMMIT 38: Blue Springs held off host Lee’s Summit to remain in the running for the Suburban Big Six title.
    The Tigers trailed by seven points in the fourth quarter only to fall three short as Blue Springs improved to 11-12 and 5-2 heading into Thursday night’s contest at first-place Lee’s Summit North (6-1).
    “It was a good, hard-fought win,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and were able to do some things we hadn’t practiced on. I am proud of them for being able to play for first place Thursday night.”
    The Wildcats (11-12, 5-2) overcame a 17-13 halftime deficit by outscoring the Tigers 16-5 in the third quarter and then hanging on for the victory.
    Morgan Hensley scored 12 points, Aliyah Lee 10, Morgan McMahan eight and Bri Tauai seven to lead the Wildcats’ balanced attack.
    FORT OSAGE 62, OAK PARK 28: Host Fort Osage never gave Oak Park a chance.
    The Indians led 17-6 after one quarter and extended it to 41-11 by halftime to set up the Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night.
    “We got out to a good lead and kept going,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We shared the ball extremely well and were able to pressure the ball without fouling.”
    Raven Bunn fired in 20 points to lead four in double figures for Fort Osage (13-8, 6-3). Asia Cole added 11 points and eight rebounds and Siera Glassford and Paige Bunn had 10 points each.
    Boys
    ST. JOSEPH LAFAYETTE 60, VAN HORN 38: The state’s No. 2-ranked Class 4 boys basketball team was too strong for host Van Horn.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lafayette outscored Van Horn 38-20 in the first half and rolled on to a non-conference victory Monday night.
    “Defensively, they play harder than anyone I’ve seen,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said of Lafayette (18-4).
    Anthony Winningham scored 13 points to pace Van Horn (8-12). Marquis Collins added 10 and Isaiah Gotsis had nine.
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