By The Examiner staff
Jayla Sample poured in 25 points as Blue Springs used a strong start to claim a Suburban Big Seven home win Monday night.
The Wildcats jumped to a 14-7 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to 30-21 by halftime on the way to a 56-47 win over Park Hill..
“This was a needed win for us,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said after his team won for the second time in three games. “In the last three games I’ve seen a lot more fight from our girls, and it seems like we’re headed in the right direction.”
Aliyah Bello sank 9 of 10 free throws, including all six in the fourth quarter, and finished with 15 points to help stave off a Park Hill rally as the Wildcats improved to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in the Big Seven.
SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 52, GRAIN VALLEY 49: Grain Valley was in foul trouble throughout their game against Summit Christian Academy as it fell in the first round of the Pleasant Hill Tournament Monday.
Grain Valley led 11-8 at the end of the first quarter and 20-18 at halftime. It clung to a 32-30 lead going into the fourth before being outscored 21-17 in the final frame.
Brittney McKay led Grain Valley (4-6) with 11 points, Sydney Williams added 10 and Keely Hill had eight.
“We were in foul trouble to death,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “ (Summit Christian) just scored so much from the free throw line (23 points). We’re getting better, but there’s so many things you can’t give up.”
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 69, LEE’S SUMMIT 42: The Broncos stayed unbeaten in the Suburban Big Seven Conference with a win against the rival Tigers Monday.
Tiana Gipson led North (6-3, 3-0) with 18 points, Aiyana Johnson had 17, Alexis Griffin added 13 and Micaela Dickson chipped in with 10.
FORT OSAGE 46, KEARNEY JV 32: The Indians improved to 6-5 after a win against Kearney’s junior varsity team in the Kearney Bulldog Classic tournament Monday.
Cam Miller led Fort Osage with 13 points and Alecia Monday and Hailey Chase added 10 points apiece.
NIXA 64, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 63: The Blue Springs South boys basketball team led by seven with 2 minutes left in its game against host Nixa but it made some critical mistakes down the stretch in a 64-63 overtime loss Saturday.
South trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter and 21-17 at halftime. And went into the fourth just down 39-38.
The Jaguars were only 7 for 17 from the free throw line.
Jared Ravencamp led South (4-6) with 23 points, Jaylon McDaniel and Khayden Hooks scored 10 each.
“We played really well in the second half to lead by 7 with 2 minutes left in regulation,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said. “But we made some critical mistakes down the stretch, and Nixa banked in a corner three off the side of the backboard that allowed them to take the game into overtime and get the win. We will learn from it and continue to get better.”
NEVADA 44, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 42: The Bears had their third straight game that was decided by two points or less.
This time, Chrisman came out on the wrong side of the ledger in a 44-42 loss to Nevada in the fifth-place game of the Kaminsky Classic Saturday at Joplin High School.
Chrisman took a 10-1 lead in the first and Nevada cut the margin to 22-18 by halftime. The Bears expanded the lead to 32-24 going into the fourth, but the Tigers rebounded by winning the fourth with a 20-10 advantage.
Nevada led by as much as three with 1:52 remaining. Clay Gayman’s layup gave Nevada its first lead and his basket with less than a minute put the Tigers up for good.
Gayman scored a game-high 19 points on 4-for-15 shooting from the floor and 11 of 13 shooting from the free throw line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with seven blocked shots.
Junior guard Dawson Herl led William Chrisman (4-7) with 13 points and eight rebounds, junior guard Kelvyn Mason added nine.