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Examiner
  • High school basketball roundup: Jaguars roll in Viking Classic

  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team will play in its third championship game this season.

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  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team will play in its third championship game this season.
    On Friday night, the Class 5 No. 4-ranked Jaguars downed Blue Valley North, Kansas’ ninth-ranked 6A squad, 52-46 in the Viking Classic at Shawnee Mission West High School.
    Justin Pitts, who has scored in double figures in every game this year, tallied 12 points to lead a balanced South attack that included Kevin Puryear’s nine points, Kris Butts’ eight, Khorey Kilgore’s seven and Carl Martin’s six.
    “It was a hard fought defensive game” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “Both teams played well defensively. Baskets were hard to come by. I like how our kids played defensively.”
    The Jaguars (13-1) face either Rockhurst or the host school in the title game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
    BLUE SPRINGS 71, SENECA 66: Blue Springs roared back from a 62-52 deficit with three and a half minutes left for an overtime victory Friday in the Carl Junction Tournament.
    Seneca led 33-29 at halftime. The teams were tied 66-66 at the end of regulation.
    Walter Sorrells, Jaylin Dinkins and Jay Corwin each scored 15 points and Cody Isabel added nine.
    “We played a Seneca team that was really into it,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “Donte Watkins defensively led the comeback and put us into overtime.”
    Blue Springs (9-5) can repeat as tourney champion by defeating the host team today.
    PLEASANT HILL 60, OAK GROVE 59: Visiting Pleasant Hill outscored Oak Grove 8-7 in a four-minute overtime to post the Missouri River Valley Conference West victory Friday night.
    The Panthers (8-5, 1-2) trailed 27-16 at halftime and then roared back to tie the score at 52 at the end of regulation.
    Jordan Douglas had 17 points, Derek Dow 16, Cole Doherty 13 and Tanner Kanak nine to lead the Panthers.
    Girls
    The William Chrisman girls basketball team bounced back from a loss to defeat Liberty North 47-44 Friday in the third-place game of the Oak Park Tournament.
    "We didn't play we'll last night (59-48 loss to Blue Valley Northwest) but bounced back well tonight," Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson said. "We showed big toughness in our fourth game in five days. We played 11 minutes without (Nieka) Wheeler, who was in foul trouble, and the senior leadership of (Sykeya) Horn and (Andrea) Quarles was great during that time."
    Haley Rodriguez came off the bench and  grabbed six rebounds in the fourth quarter. Despite her limited playing time, Wheeler, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored 15 points to lead the Bears (8-8). McKenzie Erikson added nine.
    In Thursday’s game, Wheeler scored 15 points, ripped down 10 boards and swiped four steals in a losing effort.
    Page 2 of 2 - WARRENSBURG 59, VAN HORN 23: Van Horn never had a chance against host Warrensburg.
    “It was a tough game and we dug too much of a hole in the first quarter and could not recover,” Van Horn coach Julie Crowell said.
    Warrensburg led 30-5 after one quarter.
    Kelsey Edwards’ 15 points paced the Falcons (4-12).
     
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