• Wildcat caps 'really good day' with win

  • Elijah Lee won't soon forget Dec. 4, for his accomplishments on the football field and the basketball court.

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  • Elijah Lee won't soon forget Dec. 4, for his accomplishments on the football field and the basketball court.
    The junior defensive end was named the winner of the Buchanan Award at the Simone Awards Tuesday morning at Blue Springs High School, as Lee's teammate Dalvin Warmack won the coveted Simone Award that goes to the top player in the metro area.
    Lee then scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished off a couple of assists in the Wildcats' 57-35 rout of Park Hill later that night in their first game of the Blue Springs South-Blue Springs McDonald's Tournament at Blue Springs South High School.
    The Wildcats will play Rockhurst at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at South in the semifinals.
    “Not a bad day for a great athlete and a great young man,” first-year Wildcats basketball coach Adam Jones said. “For Elijah, it's probably 'ho-hum' because of all the great things he did in football this season (for the 13-1 Class 6 state champion Wildcats).
    “He brings a great deal of athleticism to the team and a winning attitude – along with (football and basketball teammate) Donte Watkins. We had a few problems getting into our offense, but that was a great defensive effort, and Elijah and Donte played a big role.
    “If we keep playing defense like we played tonight, we could have some fun this season.”
    Senior forward Jay Corwin, who led the Wildcats with 17 points, agreed with Jones.
    “We have guys this year who love to play defense – like Elijah and Donte,” Corwin said. “And we really get along. I'm not saying we weren't close last year, but this year's team is really close.
    “And it shows. You can tell when a team likes to play defense, we really get after it.”
    The 2-0 Wildcats held Park Hill to single-digit points in three quarters and started the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run to put the game on ice.
    “We played great defense tonight,” said Lee, who played in front of many of his football teammates as the Blue Springs student cheering section was full. “This was a pretty good day – a really, really good day.
    “I'd say it's my best day since we won state. We have the chance to be really good in basketball. I've got a ring in football and it would be nice to get one in basketball, too. But there's a lot more to play this season.
    “But if we score like we did tonight and keep playing great defense, who knows.”
    Walter Sorrells scored 15 and Cody Isabel added nine for Blue Springs.

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