The Blue Springs girls basketball team is coming into its Class 5 sectional matchup against Kearney with a world of confidence following a gritty 49-28 District 13 victory over Suburban Big Six rival Lee’s Summit North.

The Blue Springs girls basketball team is coming into its Class 5 sectional matchup against Kearney with a world of confidence following a gritty 49-28 District 13 victory over Suburban Big Six rival Lee’s Summit North.

“That’s the type of game you want before you go to sectionals,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said, as 23-4 Blue Springs meets 21-6 Kearney at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Indepdence Events Center.

“It’s great that a big game like that is going to be played in our backyard. That should enable all the kids from the high school and parents and fans the chance to come watch the girls play.”

The fourth-ranked Wildcats are two wins away from advancing to the Final Four for the fourth year in a row.

Should they top Kearney and their state quarterfinal opponent, senior guard Tyonna Snow would become the first athlete in the history of Blue Springs High School to appear in four Final Fours.

“I’m not even thinking about that,” said Snow, an all-around talent who led Blue Springs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the win over the ninth-ranked Broncos.

“Right now, all any of us are thinking about is Kearney and how we’re going to stop their big center.”

She was talking about 6-foot-4 freshman Taylor Doan, who had nine points and 12 boards in Kearney’s 49-42 victory over William Chrisman in the Bulldogs’ district title game.

“Kearney is a great team with a legendary coach,” Spigarelli said. “We’re going to have our hands full, but the girls know the importance of this game.

“If you lose, you go home, and no one wants to go home.”

Kearney coach Herb Webster is the winningest active coach in the state and brings a career record of 860-554 into the Wednesday matchup.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures in the victory over Lee’s Summit North with Tyra Bickham hitting 12, Lizzy Wendell adding 11 and Karyla Middlebrook finishing with 10.

“It’s so much fun playing with these girls because they’re all so unselfish,” Middlebrook said. “Tyonna can score from anywhere, Lizzy is so good from the outside and Tyra showed everyone that she can score with her big game Friday night.”

 “Now is the time of year you want to play your best basketball,” Snow said. “And that’s what we did (Friday).”

North sophomore Imani Johnson got into early foul trouble and sat for much of the first half as the 22-4 Broncos scored just 13 points. She finished with a team-high 10 points.