The Truman High School girls basketball team put an exclamation point next to its name on the final day of the Blue Springs South Summer Basketball League by stopping the host Jaguars 47-30 Wednesday night.

The Truman High School girls basketball team put an exclamation point next to its name on the final day of the Blue Springs South Summer Basketball League by stopping the host Jaguars 47-30 Wednesday night.

“I take this summer league seriously, and so do the girls,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said Wednesday night after he watched his team turn in its finest performance of the summer.

“To my knowledge, South had not lost a game in this league, so this was a big game for the girls. I’ve told them all along that if they play hard, rebound and play solid defense good things are going to happen.”

And it doesn’t get much better than a 17-point victory over a quality team like the Jaguars, even if it does come in a summer league game.

“It’s definitely a big win for our team,” said sophomore-to-be center Becca Jonas, who played throughout the six-week league and never experienced any pain in an ankle she broke last season.

“When I talked … a while back, I couldn’t even remember which ankle I broke. It doesn’t hurt, and I played in this league and then I played in the volleyball league over at Lee’s Summit North.

“I’m getting in pretty good shape this summer. I live in a gym – and I wouldn’t have I any other way.”

Neither would Cassity, who raves about the young standout.

“I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, she is the toughest matchup in the city,” Cassity said. “She’s a finisher. When she gets the basketball down low, she knows what to do with it.

“And she can pass on a dime. I can’t wait to see what she does this season.”
The win put a smile on the coach’s face and left him eager for the start of the high school season in late November.

“We had some girls make a strong showing this summer,” Cassity said. “Ashley Gunther really did a nice job rebounding and improved her all-around game. Brooke Parton kind of went through a sophomore slump last year, and she has played very well this summer. She really knocked down some threes and has played well in all phases of the game.”

BLUE SPRINGS: Tyra Bickham could be one of the Blue Springs Wildcats’ secret weapons this upcoming high school season, while teammate Lizzy Wendell will enter her junior year with a big target on her back.

“I can’t wait for this season,” said Bickham, who will be an off guard for a Wildcat team that has reached the Class 5 final four the past three seasons. “I want to really make an impact on this team – do a lot of good things that will help us win.”

Wendell, who was a scoring sensation at last year’s state finals, is ready to face a pressure-packed campaign that will see the Wildcats play without Examiner Player of the Year Cee Cee Burris and point guard Jamesia Price.

“Tyra is going to have a great year, and we have T (Tyonna Snow) back, and I’m ready to have a big year,” Wendell said. “I know a lot of teams are going to try and shut me down, and when they do, that’s just going to open things for my teammates.

“We don’t have Cee Cee and Jamesia, but we’ve worked hard this summer and we’re really playing as a group, as a team. We don’t have any team problems, and we’re ready for the season to start.”