In a seesaw girls basketball battle with host Park Hill, Blue Springs made the last chance count Thursday.
Reggie Kanagawa sank two free throws with one second left to lift the Wildcats to a 53-51 victory over the Trojans.
“And we were playing without our point guard, Jayla Sample, who got hurt in our last game,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “That’s a good win on the road without your point guard.”
Park Hill tied it late, leaving the Wildcats with one possession to win it. Kanagawa was fouled after a pass inside and drained the free throws for the last of her team-high 16 points and the win as Blue Springs improved to 9-11 overall and 6-4 after starting the season 0-5.
The Wildcats fell behind 20-13 after the first quarter but grabbed a 34-31 halftime lead with a 21-11 advantage in the second. They fell behind 44-41 after three quarters before rallying for the win.
Sy’Miah Smith added 12 points and Aliyah Bello contributed 10 for the Wildcats.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 49, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 35: A slow start doomed Blue Springs South in a Suburban Big Seven road loss Thursday.
Ray-Pec grabbed an 11-5 lead after one quarter and extended it to 26-16 by halftime.
“We just did not play very well and we didn’t play very hard either,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “And our defense was not very good.”
Kaylee Connors scored 10 points and Logan Abernathy added eight to lead South (8-13, 3-5 Big Seven).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 65, LEE’S SUMMIT 34: Lee’s Summit North had little trouble with crosstown rival Lee’s Summit in a Suburban Big Seven road victory Thursday.
Aiyana Johnson poured in 28 points as the Broncos improved to 14-5 overall and remained in second place in the conference at 8-1 (behind 8-0 Lee’s Summit West). Tiana Gipson and Anija Frazier each added nine points and Alexis Griffin chipped in with eight for North.