• Prep basketball roundup: Jaguars pass stern test from Jays

  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team got exactly what it expected in its 54-47 Suburban Big Six road win over Liberty on Tuesday.

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  • The Blue Springs South boys basketball team got exactly what it expected in its 54-47 Suburban Big Six road win over Liberty on Tuesday.
    “It was a very physical conference battle,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “We expected it to be a tough game and it was.
    “The kids did a great way of finding a way to win and did a great job at the free-throw line, 16 of 21.”
    The bench also contributed heavily to the victory with 21 points.
    Justin Pitts totaled 13 points and Kevin Puryear and Carl Martin each added 10 to lead a balanced attack for the Class 5 No. 4-ranked Jaguars, who improved to 16-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Six.
    FORT OSAGE 71, STALEY 35: Four players scored in double figures as visiting Fort Osage (13-4, 6-0) remained undefeated in the Suburban Middle Seven with the victory Tuesday.
    D’Vante Mosby had 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists in leading the way. Skylar Thompson added 11 points and Austin Regier and Nathan Iloilo finished with 10 points each while Zach Adams chipped in with seven.
    “We had 20 assists on 26 buckets,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “It was a very good total team effort. We got after it defensively and attacked their zone offensively. We did some god things.”
    RUSKIN 58, TRUMAN 57: Truman’s Suburban Middle Six title hopes were dimmed in the home loss Tuesday night.
    Ante Washington’s basket with 11 remaining elevated Ruskin to the victory. He also hit a key 3-pointer during the final 90 seconds. Zach Huber’s final baseline shot rimmed out as time expired on the Patriots.
    Lane Titus scored 18 points and Huber finished with 15 to lead Truman (11-7, 2-1). Tayron Holden scored 24 for Ruskin (9-10, 2-1).
    BARSTOW 67, ST. MARY’S 56: A 34-28 halftime advantage spurred visiting Barstow to the Crossroads Conference victory.
    “It was a tough loss,” St. Mary’s coach Carlos Paige said. “Barstow played well.”
    Wade Johnson’s 17 points, Antonio Johnson’s 12 and Easton Aspegren’s 11 guided the Trojans (6-11, 0-4).
    BUTLER 52, VAN HORN 28: It was a tough night for the visiting Falcons in the Crossroads Conference game Tuesday.
    The Bears roared to a 26-12 halftime lead as Van Horn fell to 6-12 and 2-2.
    DeMico Hawkins totaled 10 points and Robert Bluett eight for the Falcons.
    HARRISONVILLE 49, GRAIN VALLEY 46: Visiting Harrisonville outscored Grain Valley 7-4 in the four-minute overtime to post a tough Missouri River Valley Conference West victory Tuesday night.
    Daniel Mahurin’s 27 points weren’t enough to carry the Eagles (5-12, 1-3) to the victory.
    His 3-point shot with a second remaining in the overtime rimmed out.
    “I was proud of our effort,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We continue to improve. We just fell short tonight.”
    Page 2 of 2 - OAK GROVE 58, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 51: Oak Grove improved to 2-2 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West and 11-6 overall with a win over Excelsior Springs.
    Visiting Barstow had too much size for St. Mary’s in Tuesday’s Crossroads Conference contest as the Trojans fell 54-26.
    “We couldn’t stop them inside,” St. Mary’s coach Krista Daniels said. “And we were one player short. They had some big post players.”
    The Trojans (5-13, 1-4), who were led by Shayla Jochum’s 14 points, trailed 34-13 at halftime.

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