When the inside game wasn’t working for Blue Springs, senior guard Drew Roberts decided to open it up a little.

When the inside game wasn’t working for Blue Springs, senior guard Drew Roberts decided to open it up a little.
Leading by only four early in the third quarter, Roberts drained a 3-pointer hit two other free throws, helping loosen the zone.
The Wildcats responded, outscoring Lee’s Summit West 28-9 the rest of the way in a 60-32 rout in the Class 5 District 14 title game Friday at Lee’s Summit High School.
Blue Springs will play the winner of Saturday night’s Raytown-Raytown South district final at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Staley High School.
Roberts said the key was working the ball inside to get better shots.
“Our shots weren’t falling early,” she said.
“We got the ball inside and they collapsed more. We could get the in-out game going.”
After Roberts’ five-point outburst, Mackenzie Sykes and Lindsey Tremblay each hit a 3-pointer, giving the Wildcats a 13-point lead. They then went inside to Cee Cee Burris and Bryonna Snow to seal the victory and led by 17 entering the fourth quarter.
“We started taking good shots instead of poor ones,” Burris said. “Drew was really good on her shots. We started going into the paint. We knew the shots would fall.”
Despite Burris being slowed by a large spider bite and Bryonna Snow nursing a toe injury, Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said he was frustrated at how little the ball was being worked inside early in the game – particularly since West center Keyanna Anderson was out with an injury.
“I was really frustrated at halftime,” he said. “Their post player was out and I didn’t feel we took advantage. I don’t feel our posts were active, and I didn’t think our guards did a good enough job getting the ball.
“But that changed at the start of the second half. We went inside to Bry on the first possession and got a basket.”
The Wildcats (25-2) seemed poised to pull away in the second quarter thanks to Roberts.
After the Titans (13-14) pulled to with 16-12, Roberts went on a personal 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 24-12.
But eight straight points from the Titans – including back-to-back 3-pointers from Emily Argotsinger – brought West back.
Then, after halftime, the Wildcats seemed like a different team to win their second straight district crown.
“For me, this is my senior year, and I really want to get to state,” said Roberts, who hit five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points. “We all want it. Our goal is to get to state. Hopefully, we can come out of sectionals with a W.”
Spigarelli said the primary goal is just to get out of this sectional round and win Wednesday.
“That’s a big step,” Spigarelli said. “Obviously we want to get to the final four, but we have to take it one at a time. We want to just get a step further than last year.”
Burris added 11 points for the Wildcats, while Emiah Bingley led the Titans with nine points.
Snow, Roberts and Burris were all named to the all-district team, as was Lee’s Summit North’s Annie Sayers and Lee’s Summit’s Azia Washington.