Balanced scoring and defense helped the Blue Springs South boys basketball team to a 71-40 victory in Suburban Big Seven action Friday night.
The Jaguars led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 36-21 and coasted into the fourth up 53-32.
Ethan Swanegan led South (9-12, 3-5 league) with 18 points, followed by Khayden Hooks with 13, Chris Walker with 12 and Jack Gillig with 11.
“I really thought we executed well on both ends tonight,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said. “We had multiple contributions from everyone that played tonight. It was a nice conference win for us.”
PARK HILL SOUTH 68, TRUMAN 67: The Patriots got a 3-pointer from Kaimen Lennox to give the team a one-point lead with 9.8 seconds left against No. 6 state-ranked Park Hill South.
However, a Truman foul sent the Panthers to the line and one of their players hit a pair of free throws to help their team regain the lead. Truman had a chance to win it with four seconds left but a shot grazed off the front of the rim as Truman came out on the short end of a thriller.
The Patriots trailed 24-16 at the end of one period, but the stormed back to tie it at 35 at halftime. The Panthers regained a two-point lead going into the fourth.
"We played about as good as we have played in my two years here,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “Park Hill South is a great team. We just did not come up with the big shot at the end. I am obviously proud of my team for a total team effort.”
Jace Ngo led Truman (3-18, 0-7) with 13 points, followed by Don Edmondson with 11 and Sam Billimon and Lennox each had nine.
GRAIN VALLEY 70, ODESSA 36: Grain Valley shot better from the field than it did from the free throw line Friday.
Despite shooting just 4 of 12 (33 percent) from the line, the Eagles made up for it with 31-of-58 shooting (53 percent) from the field and cruised to a Missouri River Valley Conference West home win.
The Eagles raced to a 17-7 lead after one quarter and pulled away with a 22-3 second-quarter advantage to take a 39-10 halftime lead.
Andru Garrett led a balanced attack with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Josh Kilpatrick added 13 points, Ethan Macoubrie had 10 points and seven rebounds and Tate Collum chipped in eight points for the Eagles (18-3, 5-1 MRVC West).
“Our kids were extremely unselfish and simple tonight,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said after his team kept pace with first-place Oak Grove in the conference race. “We had 20 assists on 31 field goals. It was our Senior Night and courtwarming so there were plenty of chances for distractions, but our kids were as dialed in as they've been all season. Our crowd was awesome tonight. They gave us a great lift.”
OAK GROVE 53, PLEASANT HILL 46: Oak Grove outscored Pleasant Hill 21-14 in the final quarter to break a 32-32 tie and stay in first place in the MRVC West.
The Panthers led 23-17 at halftime but the Roosters tied it at 32 entering the final period with a 15-9 advantage in the third.
Trey Bryant scored 17 points, Jaxon Althaus added 16 and Gavin Richardson had nine to lead the Panthers (15-5), who have the same 5-1 conference mark as Grain Valley but hold the head-to-head tiebreaker as of now.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 88, LEE’S SUMMIT 75: The Broncos have been on a roll and that continued in Friday’s showdown against Suburban Big Seven crosstown rival Lee’s Summit in a win.
Javaunte Hawkins made 16 of 18 free throws, while leading North (12-8, 5-4 ) with 25 points; Elijah Farr added 17 points, Mikel Henderson had 13 and Jack Gatti had 10.
VAN HORN 63, WINNETONKA 39: Another strong start and a pair of double-doubles helped Van Horn girls to another easy victory.
The Falcons grabbed a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 38-17 by halftime on the way to the non-conference home victory over Winnetonka.
Dasiah Tatum posted 15 points and 12 rebounds and Jasmine Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds to power the Falcons, who improved to 14-3 overall. Lexi Robinson added 12 points on four 3-pointers and Chase Siedlik chipped in nine points.