The Suburban Big Six championship girls basketball flag will be flying again at Blue Springs.

The Suburban Big Six championship girls basketball flag will be flying again at Blue Springs.

Conference coaches list the Wildcats as the near unanimous choice to claim a fourth title in five years. Liberty was second in the voting followed by Blue Springs South, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North and Raymore-Peculiar. A coach couldn’t rank his own team.

Experience and size are Blue Springs strong points.

Returning letter winners from a 26-4 team that fell in the state Class 5 finals to Incarnate Word 52-43 are Cee Cee Burris, Jamesia Price, Brittany Clements, Jenn Wendell, Tyonna Snow, Azia Washington, Lizzy Wendell and Tyra Bickham.

“We played in the state championship last year and have pretty much everyone returning,” Blue Springs coach mark Spigarelli said. “It is the deepest team I have ever coached in 20 years.”

Newcomers are Karyla Middlebrook, Rachel Roxburg, Tara Sheehey and Shelby Graham.

LIBERTY

The Blue Jays ended the Wildcats three-year conference reign on the way to a 22-8 record. Ten letter winners give Liberty another strong look.

“We lost two starters from last year,” coach Mike Morley said. “Our success will depend on how well we defend. I am very excited about this group of girls.”

Letter winners are Maddie Mason, Jenna Turner, Leah Ray, Kelsey Goff, Shea Groom, Kaysie Clark, Megan Gentrup, Kelsey Wansing, Mackenzie Kern and Lauren Holm.

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH

Letter winners Kailey Hancock, Kariel Hutt, Jordan McNamara, Meredith Schyvinck, and Regina Schnegelberger lift the Jaguars hopes of improving upon an 11-14 season

“Our team strengths will be aggressive play and pressure defense,” coach Fawna Harrison said. “A weakness is putting points on the board.”

LEE’S SUMMIT

The perennially strong Tigers will count on letter winners Natalie Branch, Breana Washington, Aly Mosier, Aly Patterson and Rachel Oziomek and newcomers Katelyn Roberson, Jenny Sauter, Regan Dodd and Abby Hinkle for a ninth consecutive winning season. The Tigers were 13-11 last season.

“Our team has an experienced core of letter winners,” coach Brian Bubalo said. “We should be balanced offensively. Strength should be team play, balanced scoring and rebounding. We need to improve defensively and develop our players off the bench. We believe we will be able to contend for the conference title and district title.”

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH

Strange but true is there will be seniors on this season’s team.

“We will be young” coach Tricia Lillygren said. ”We will be using the early part of the season to evaluate players and determine strengths.”

Returning from a 17-10 team are Mollie Williams, McKenzke Kellogg, Hannah Johnson and Sydney Bias. Newcomers being counted upon are Cady Lennan, Madi Wilkins, NIcole Schroeder, Imani Johnson and Erica Nelson.

RAYM0RE-PECULIAR

The Panthers are looking to letter winners Paige Peterson, Robraneque McGown, Nicole Gilkison, Lauren Farnsworth and Erin Duewell for an improvement of a 5-21 season.

“With a season behind us and a summer work with the kids, I am expecting the team to show some signs of improvement,” coach Brad Gaines said. “We will have a solid blend of senior leadership and young talent. I will be very disappointed if we don’t take some solid steps towards becoming a more competitive program.”

Suburban Big Six
Girls Basketball Poll
School    1    2    3    4    5        TP
1. Blue Springs    5    0    0    0    0        5
2. Liberty    1    4    0    0    0        9
3. BS South    0    1    4    0    0        14
4. Lee’s Summit    0    1    1    2    1        18
5. LS North    0    0    1    4    0        19
6. Ray-Peculiar    0    0    0    0    5        25