With the exception of a brief, 3-minute, 26-second span at the beginning of the second half, the Truman High School girls basketball team turned in a near perfect performance.

With the exception of a brief, 3-minute, 26-second span at the beginning of the second half, the Truman High School girls basketball team turned in a near perfect performance.

Coach Steve Cassity's Patriots dominated in the paint, shot with radar-like accuracy from 3-point land and passed with the precision of a surgeon in a 73-43 running-clock victory over Staley Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Lee's Summit North Invitational.

“I wish we'd have saved that one for a district championship game,” joked Cassity, whose Patriots (3-0) will meet the host Broncos (3-0) in the 7 p.m. championship game Friday night.

“What made this win so special was the way the girls shared the ball. They passed as well as they have ever passed, and that led to some easy baskets. We were a difficult team to guard tonight because everyone was shooting the ball so well.”

No one was shooting better than guard Abby Hix, who led the Patriots with a career-high 24 points.

Her second 3-pointer gave the Patriots an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and her fourth trey ended a 7-0 Falcon run to start the second half.

“We have a tendency to come out sluggish after the half,” said Hix, who led Truman to an 11-0 run after that 7-0 Falcons charge. “That's something we have to work on. Everything else was really working tonight.

“This was such a fun game. We were so unselfish tonight, not that we have been a selfish team in the past. We just passed so well and everyone contributed. We played as a team, and the end result was a big win.”

Hix and Ashley Guenther each had eight points to lead Truman to an 18-13 first-quarter lead. Hix added seven more points in the second period to pad that lead to 38-26 at halftime.

“This game was a blast, except for the first part of the third quarter,” said center Becca Jonas, who scored 18 points, and joined in on the passing parade with some pinpoint passes under the basket.

“We worked so well together, we passed the ball so well. It was just a lot of fun to be a part of a win like this, especially so early in the season.”

The Falcons proved they weren't ready to throw in the towel when Saije Buck hit back-to-back 3-pointers to lead the offensive charge coming out of the locker room.

Then, with 4:24 left in the quarter Hix hit a long 3-pointer, stole the ball and hit a layup and the rout was back on.

“We all knew we'd get it together in the third period, but I didn't realize we went on an 11-0 run,” Hix said. “This is the first time I've played in the championship game of the Lee's Summit North tournament and we're all so excited.

“We've won all three games this season and now we're in the championship game. We wanted to get off to a great start, and now, we have.”

Guenther finished with 13 points and Kayla Harrell added nine.

Monique Townson led the Falcons with 17 points.