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  • Prep basketball roundup: Wildcats win Carl Junction Tournament

  • For the second consecutive year, the Blue Springs boys basketball team captured the Carl Junction Tournament championship.

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  • For the second consecutive year, the Blue Springs boys basketball team captured the Carl Junction Tournament championship.
    The Wildcats downed Carl Junction 78-65 Saturday as four players hit double figures. Jay Corwin tossed in 17 points, Justin Pruitt totaled 15, Walter Sorrells added 11 and Brian Armstrong posted 10. Cody Isabel also ended with seven.
    Blue Springs (10-5) led 38-32 at halftime.
    “I was happy with the three wins,” coach Adams Jones said. “The kids were well behaved in all three games.”
    Sorrels and Pruitt were all-tournament team selections and Corwin was named the most valuable player.
    ROCKHURST 46, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 44: The game was a second too long for the Jaguars.
    Rockhurst’s Tom Keller put back Kyle Wolf’s miss at the buzzer to give the Hawklets a victory in the championship of the Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Viking Classic Saturday.
    South (13-2) defeated Rockhurst 75-57 and 58-52 in the teams’ earlier meetings.
    “It was a bad shot (by Wolf) and Keller) got it and threw it up and in,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “We didn’t execute well offensively but the guys kept fighting. We had a good first half of the season.”
    Kevin Puryear had 15 points and Justin Pitts eight to lead the Class 5 No. 4-ranked Jaguars. It was the first time in 15 games Pitts didn’t scored in double figures. Both were named to the all-tournament team.
    Girls
    It was a milestone day for Lee’s Summit North girls basketball standout Imani Johnson.
    The Bronco junior scored 10 points to help North post a 43-40 victory over Suburban Big Six Conference rival Liberty in the third-place game of the Truman Tournament on Saturday. That pushed Johnson over the 1,000-point mark for her career. Johnson, who has scored 1,002 points, is the fastest player in North history to reach the barrier.
    Taylor Creason also finished with 10 points and Erica Nelson added nine to lead the Broncos (10-4).
    “The three kids helped each other out,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said.
    “We also hit 21 of 34 free throws – that was huge.”
    Liberty led 24-23 at halftime.
    Nelson has scored 86 points since returning to the lineup six games ago. The all-conference guard missed the first eight games because of an injury.
    Liberty and North meet again tonight in a Suburban Big Six game.
    OAK GROVE 50, NORTHEAST 7: Oak Grove (4-9) ended a five-game slide Saturday at Northeast.
    “It was good to get a win,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said.
    Jordyn Anspach scored 11 points, Dani O’Neill nine and Jill Schneiders and Easton Harmon eight each for the Panthers, who enjoyed a 36-3 halftime lead.
     
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