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Examiner
  • Jaguars unable to sustain hot start

  • First-year Blue Springs South coach Brad Oyler enjoyed the first few minutes of his squad's Suburban Big Six contest with Lee's Summit North.

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  • First-year Blue Springs South coach Brad Oyler enjoyed the first few minutes of his squad's Suburban Big Six contest with Lee's Summit North.
    The Jaguars played with intensity, got the ball to Cloe Lane – who had the hot hand – and took an 11-4 lead over visiting Lee's Summit North Monday night at Blue Springs South.
    Then, things got ugly.
    The Broncos went on a 14-2 run, took command on both ends of the court and came away with a 52-33 victory that left Oyler searching for answers.
    “A great start – a really great start – I was excited and the kids seemed to be excited, too,” Oyler said. “Then, we made a couple of turnovers, got our heads down and that was pretty much it.
    “They put some pressure on us, and we didn't handle it all. We didn't handle it for the rest of the game. This is a disappointing one …”
    Lane scored seven of the Jaguars’ 11 first-quarter points as they went into the second period with an 11-8 lead.
    Imani Johnson's two free throws at 2:12 gave the Broncos a 12-11 lead and they never looked back, taking a 22-15 lead into halftime.
    The Broncos padded that margin to 40-21 after three periods, much on the strength of 12-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line.
    “I was really happy with the way we played tonight,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said after the Broncos improved to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in league play. “I know they went a long time without scoring in the first half and we hit some big free throws. We got Imani into our offense in the second quarter and Tara Minx doesn't get a lot of headlines, but she did an amazing job guarding Remy Davenport.”
    Johnson scored eight of her game-high 24 points in the second quarter and Davenport hit just one shot midway through the third quarter.
    “Take away the start and we played pretty well the entire night,” Lillygren added. “We preach the importance of free-throw shooting and it really helped us build that first-half lead.”
    The Broncos finished 17 of 22 from the line, but they did not miss a free throw until the game was out of hand.
    Lane finished with 15 points for the Jaguars (9-9, 1-3). Erika Nelson added 14 points for the Broncos.
    South won the junior varsity game 48-37.
     
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