Blue Springs knocks off archrival Blue Springs South
Blue Springs’ offense was good.
But the Wildcat defense was stifling Thursday night.
Blue Springs held rival Blue Springs South to only 16 points over the final three quarters of a 63-28 Suburban Big Seven win at South Thursday night.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice on intensity,” said Wildcat senior Drew Roberts, who scored 13 in the win. “We did really good on defense tonight.”
And while the Blue Springs defense was forcing missed shots and turnovers, the offense was taking advantage, particularly sparked by Jamesia Price.
Price, wearing the number of her injured sister, Jocelyn, noticed that the South defense was keying on Roberts.
She responded with three 3-pointers in less than 90 seconds to blow open the game and give the Wildcats (15-2, 6-0 Big Seven) an 13-2 lead early.
“Before the game, Drew and I talked about it, because we heard they were going to do a box-and-1 and try to take her out of the game,” Jamesia Price said. “That opened things up for me.”
Price finished with 13 points on the night, but caught the attention of the Jaguars defense, which had to shift to adjust to the sophomore’s hot shooting night.
“(Jamesia) shot lights out tonight,” South coach Fawna Harrison said. “We got some looks at some open shots, but they didn’t fall. That’s been the story of our lifes. The kids played their hearts out tonight. I’m extremely proud of the effort and class they showed on the court tonight.”
South (4-13, 1-6 Big Seven) was able to fight back and get the lead down to 21-12 entering the second quarter.
But then the Wildcats defense took over.
South was held without a basket for the first six minutes of the quarter and only a Zakila Smith bucket kept them from being shut out in th quarter.
“We were just so tired because we played so hard in the first half,” Smith said. “We’ve gotta play with the same intensity we did tonight and we can win the rest of our games and even maybe possibly beat Blue Springs. We’re just working our way to the district tournament.”
Smith led Blue Springs South with nine points.
In addition to the 13 each from Price and Roberts, Bryonna Snow added 12 points, while Cee Cee Burris added 10 in the win.
Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said this was the effort he wanted from his team after a sluggish win over Lee’s Summit Monday.
“From a confidence standpoint, we needed it,” Spigarelli said. “We go to Liberty next week and we play Lee’s Summit North, which traditionally gives us problems. Then we go to St. Louis to play Friday and Saturday.”
Blue Springs won the junior varsity game, 32-25.