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Examiner
  • Prep basketball roundup: Bears, Broncos, Patriots advance in tourney

  • The favorites prevailed in the opening round of the Lee’s Summit North Tournament.

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  • The favorites prevailed in the opening round of the Lee’s Summit North Tournament.
    The host Broncos bested Lee’s Summit West 61-53, Truman routed Lincoln Prep 52-15 ad William Chrisman held off Notre Dame de Sion 53-42 in high school girls basketball action Monday night.
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 53, NOTRE DAME DE SION 42: The Bears played strong defense and outscored Sion 33-18 in the second half to clinch the victory.
    “I was proud of our ability to earn crucial stops down the stretch. Sion is a very good shooting team and we held them to 1-of-19 shooting from 3-point land,” Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson said.
    Nieka Wheeler totaled 19 points, seven rebounds and six steals to lead the Bears (2-0) into Wednesday night’s semifinals against Lee’s Summit North. De’Jionae added 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and grabbed five rebounds.
    “We are battling some illness, so it was a very good win,” Thompson added. “Wednesday versus Lee’s Summit North will be a great test for us.”
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 38, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 22: North rolled to a 38-22 halftime lead and held on to defeat rival West.
    Taylor Creason’s career-best 18 points and Imani Johnson’s 16 sparked the Broncos (2-0). Allison Finneseth scored 19 points and Taylor Jackson and Jasmine Edwards added 12 each for the Titans.
    “We got more kids involved offensively,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said. “We shot 17 of 22 from the free-throw line, that helped out greatly. West was on fire in the second half.”
    TRUMAN 52, LINCOLN PREP 15: Junior Becca Jonas pumped in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the way for the Patriots.
    “Becca was great around the basket and our guard play in getting the ball to the post was terrific as well,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said.
    Truman (2-0) was never threatened after taking a 25-11 halftime lead.
    The Patriots face Staley at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals.
    OAK GROVE 57, VAN HORN 12: Oak Grove rolled past Van Horn in the season opener.
    The Panthers used a 39-3 halftime lead to set up the lopsided victory.
    Jordyn Anspach scored 15 points and Dani O’Neill had 10 to lead the Panthers. Cierra Sua scored eight points to lead Van Horn.
    “It was nice to get off on the right foot for a change and everybody got a chance to play,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said.
    SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 51, ST. MARY’S 39: A 19-3 first-quarter deficit was too much for St. Mary’s to overcome in falling to the host team in the first round of the SCA Eagle Invitational.
    St. Mary’s, after trailing 34-13 at halftime, battled back to get to within four points early in the fourth quarter.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We had a very slow start and were not aggressive in taking the ball to the basket,” Trojans coach Krista Daniels said. “Our shots weren’t falling. But I was happy with our effort in coming back.”
    Alexis Sirna’s 12 points, Andrea Sirna’s nine and Nina Gavoli’s seven paced the Trojans (0-2), who play Metro Academy or University Academy at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation round.
    GRAIN VALLEY 51, SEDALIA SACRED HEART 30: Grain Valley was an easy first-round winner in the Marshall Tournament.
    Sarah Turner’s 14 points, Brianna Nichelson’s 12 and Rachel Reddell’s nine fueled the Eagles.
    Grain Valley never looked back after taking a 25-11 halftime lead.
    “It was good to get the first one tucked away,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “There were a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to work on in practice.”
    Boys
    Kyle Baker made certain the Van Horn boys basketball fell in the season opener.
    He scored 37 points – 18 in the fourth quarter – on the strength of six 3-pointers in leading the O’Hara Celtics to a 72-57 victory in the opening round of the Summit Christian Academy Eagle Invitational Monday.
    “We played pretty well for our first game,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said. “The fourth quarter hurt us.”
    The Falcons had four players in double figures. Anthony Winningham led the way with 16 points. Isaiah Gotzis added 13 and Robert Bluett and Demico Hawkins 10 each.
    Van Horn led 18-15 after one quarter before O’Hara grabbed a 33-27 halftime lead.
    Van Horn meets either Kansas City East Christian Academy or St. Mary’s at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a consolation bracket game.
     
     

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