Tricia Lillygren won her 300th career game at Lee’s Summit North Thursday night as her Broncos overcame a furious fourth-quarter rally by Truman to claim a 65-58 victory in the Class 5 District 13 semifinals at Blue Springs South High School.

Tricia Lillygren won her 300th career game at Lee’s Summit North Thursday night as her Broncos overcame a furious fourth-quarter rally by Truman to claim a 65-58 victory in the Class 5 District 13 semifinals at Blue Springs South High School.

But she quipped, “It doesn’t mean much unless we get No. 301 Friday night.”

The No. 2-seeded Broncos will take on top-seeded Blue Springs in the 5:30 p.m. title game tonight that has marquee matchup written all over it.

“We really wanted to play Blue Springs again,” said Imani Johnson, who hit nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to blunt a 29-point effort by the Patriots.

“Truman is such a good team, and made a great comeback tonight. We couldn’t overlook them or we could have lost. They really did everything they could to win the game in the fourth quarter and we were able to hold on for the win.”

Truman scored 29 points through the first three quarters of the game, and scored 29 in the final eight minutes as sophomore Kayla Harrell scored 14 of her team-high 29 points to erase an 18-point deficit.

Twice the Patriots cut the deficit to three points, but they were never able to tie the game or take a late lead.

“To be honest with you, our personality is not that of a pressing team,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said, after the Patriots wrapped up a 21-5 season. “But at this time of the year, you do what you have to do to win. We used the press and it was very effective and it got us back in the game.

“Kayla was unbelievable in the fourth quarter, and you have to coach her every day to see what she is capable of doing. A lot of people might be surprised by what she did, but the coaches aren’t.”

North took a 45-29 lead into the fourth quarter when things got interesting.

“We knew we could come back if we could just get some points,” said Harrell, “and we were able to get some baskets off turnovers and we did real well at the free throw line (hitting 12 of 13 attempts).

But in the end, it was the ninth-ranked Broncos who used the free throw line to their advantage.

“In a tight game, I want to be at the line,” said Johnson, who scored a game-high 22 points. “And I have faith in all my teammates at the line.”

So does Lillygren.

“We’re a good free-throw shooting team,” Lillygren said after the Broncos hit 15 of their first 16 fourth-quarter attempts. “And we needed those free throws. Steve’s kids did a great job getting back in that game in the fourth quarter. They really threw a scare at us and we were able to survive it to play another game.”

Mollie Williams scored 15 and McKenzie Kellogg added 13 for the 22-3 Broncos. Rebecca Jonas added 17 for the Patriots and Abby Hix finished with 10.