COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lauryn Miller had 20 points and Kirkwood held on down the stretch to beat Lee's Summit 43-36 on Saturday night to win the Missouri girls Class 5 state championship.
It's the first state title for the Pioneers (28-3), who made it to the tournament final for the second straight year. They led just 39-36 in the closing seconds before putting the game away.
The Pioneers needed two overtimes to beat Rock Bridge in the semifinals before winning it all.
Lee's Summit (16-14) spent much of the season below .500 before getting on a roll late in the year. The Tigers avenged two losses to Park Hill by winning their quarterfinal matchup, then topped St. Joseph's Academy in the semifinals to reach Saturday night's game.
BOYS: Louisville recruit Courtney Ramey had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Saint Louis University recruit Carte'Are Gordon added 21 points and Webster Groves routed Lee's Summit West 70-35 on Saturday to win Missouri's Class 5 boys state championship.
Cam Potts also had 11 points for the Statesmen (29-2), who led 20-10 after the first quarter and 37-24 at halftime before rolling in the second half in their fourth title game appearance.
Webster Groves outscored Lee's Summit West 33-11 in the second half.
Elijah Childs had 13 points and Christian Bishop scored 10 for Lee's Summit West (26-3), which beat perennial powerhouse Chaminade on the way to its first title game appearance.