At the end of the first quarter, Thursday’s Class 5 District 14 semifinal between Lee’s Summit West and No. 6 seeded Blue Springs South appeared to be over.

Someone forgot to tell South.

At the end of the first quarter, Thursday’s Class 5 District 14 semifinal between Lee’s Summit West and No. 6 seeded Blue Springs South appeared to be over.
Someone forgot to tell South.
The Jaguars were unable to come all the way back, but South (6-20) put a scare in Lee’s Summit West late, falling 49-42.
The Titans built a 20-5 lead after the first quarter.
“The kids worked hard and worked their butts off,” South coach Fawna Harrison said. “To be blunt, I don’t know if this year we’ve come back that much to make it that close. We fought hard to come back.
“We’re the No. 6 seed and we lost to the No. 2 seed by seven. It would be very easy for a 6-19 team to roll over and die (after the first quarter) but they didn’t do that. “
A big part of South’s comeback was the defense, switching to a more aggressive man-to-man in the second half. The Jaguars allowed only one field goal in the third quarter and three total for the second half.
“We went to a man and knew we had to play,” said junior guard Zakila Smith, who led the Jags with 15 points. “We knew we wanted to win. We had nothing to lose since we were the No. 6 seed. We knew all we had to do was go out and have fun.”
Brynn Abram ended with nine points, eight in the second half when the Jaguars were able to cut the lead to five numerous times but get no closer than that.
“We were just fighting harder,” Abram said. “But we can’t get down by so much. We were trying to fight back.
“We played like we wanted it more.”
Emiah Bingley led all scorers with 17 points for West (13-13), which will play No. 1 seed Blue Springs at 7:45 tonight in the title game.