• Prep basketball roundup: Jaguars pound Schlagle in tourney

  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team rolled into the Blue Springs South-Blue Springs McDonald’s Tournament semifinals.

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  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team rolled into the Blue Springs South-Blue Springs McDonald’s Tournament semifinals.
    The Jaguars led 26-11 after one quarter and 41-25 at halftime in routing Kansas City (Kan.) Schlagle 74-54 in a first-round game Tuesday.
    “It was a nice win and we made progress tonight,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “I thought we got off to a really good start and defensively were really good in the first half.”
    Justin Pitts fired in 23 points and Kevin Puryear 17 for the Jaguars (2-0), who meet Truman at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.
    FORT OSAGE 77, PLATTE COUNTY 45: Fort Osage rebounded in a big way from a season-opening loss to Truman.
    Zach Adams poured in a career-high 20 points, Austin Regier 18 and D’Vante Mosby 15 to lead the Indians Tuesday.
    The Indians (2-1) led 40-31 at halftime and then blew it open by outscoring the Pirates 18-3 in the third quarter.
    “It was a great team victory,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “Eleven players played and 10 scored. It was one shot and done for them in the third quarter and we got the ball inside.”
    SMITHVILLE 53, GRAIN VALLEY 41: Grain Valley couldn’t recover from a 25-11 halftime deficit in a non-conference loss Tuesday.
    “We have to keep coming to practice and getting better,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “They really pressure you.”
    Daniel Mahurin had 15 points and Hunter Ramirez 12 as the Eagles (1-3) suffered their third consecutive loss.
    ACE ACADEMY 62, ST. MARY’S 60: A fourth quarter comeback fell short as the host Trojans fell to Afrikan Centered Education Academy Tuesday.
    A 9-of-28 night at the free-throw line cost the Trojans, who outscored ACE 27-15 in the fourth quarter. Easton Aspegren’s 3-pointer at the buzzer brought the Trojans to within two.
    “Free throws pretty much told the story,” St. Mary’s coach Carlos Paige said.
    Aspegren led the Trojans with 16 points and seven assists. Wade Johnson added 13 points and Duane Joseph grabbed 12 rebounds.
    KNOB NOSTER 60, VAN HORN 43: A 28-15 halftime deficit was too much for visiting Van Horn to overcome Tuesday.
    “We dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half and turned over the ball down the stretch,” Van Horn coach Daniel Bieser said.
    Anthony Winningham’s career-best 22 points and Robert Bluett’s 16 paced the Falcons (1-4).
    Balanced scoring and defense resulted in an easy victory for the St. Mary’s girls basketball team.
    Nina Gavoli scored 12 points, Alexis Sirna 11 and Shayla Jochum nine as the host Trojans defeated Afrikan Centered Education Academy 44-29 Tuesday.
    “We did a good job of being patient and finding the open girl,” St. Mary’s coach Krista Daniels said. “We played pretty tough on defense with 15 steals.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Trojans (2-3) led 19-11 at halftime.
    VAN HORN 49, NORTHEAST 9: The Falcons broke to a 19-0 first-quarter lead and went on to an easy home victory Tuesday.
    “The girls did a great job tonight,” Van Horn coach Julie Crowell said. “I was proud of them.”
    Kelsey Edwards’ 15 points and Elizabeth Leroy’s 10 led the Falcons (2-3) as nine players scored, including five with four points each.
    Van Horn also rolled 38-12 in the junior varsity game behind Lexi Davis’ 18 points.
    ODESSA 40, OAK GROVE 20: Odessa led 24-8 at halftime and went on to slam Oak Grove in a first-round game in the Husker Classic in Higginsville Tuesday.
    Jillian Schneiders had eight points and Easton Hartmon six for Oak Grove (1-3).
    The Panthers meet Richmond at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a consolation game.
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