Mike Harrison and Justin Johnson provided the spark for the Blue Springs boys basketball team Friday.
Harrison helped out the offense spark in the first half and Johnson ignited the Wildcats off the bench to help lead them to a 67-55 Suburban Big Six victory over visiting Lee’s Summit North.
"I was proud of our team and how well they shared the ball tonight," Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. "We played a smart game on offense and then competed hard on defense. Mike Harrison was a huge lift for us picking up some of the scoring that we needed, especially in the first half. Justin Johnson was phenomenal off the bench. He’s a kid that comes to practice every day, competes just as hard as anyone we have, and simply looks for ways to help his team win. Those types of kids are what gives this team its strength."
Blue Springs led 34-29 at halftime and took command with a 22-13 advantage in the third quarter for a 56-42 lead.
Harrison finished with 19 points to lead the Wildcats (14-8, 7-2), who won their third straight. Ike Ezeogu added 13, Braden Appelhans had 10, Isaac Harkeness chipped in seven and Johnson and Kyle Bruce each finished with six.
Kolby Franklin fired in 25 points to lead North (4-19, 1-8). Hayden Cole added 13 points.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 76, PARK HILL 64: A trio of Blue Springs South seniors made sure they went out with a win in their final regular season game on their home court.
Khayden Hooks, Johnny George and Cade Berg combined for 53 points to lead the Jaguars to a 76-64 Suburban Big Six win over Park Hill Friday.
"We played well – probably our most complete game of the season," Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. "Our seniors led the way and I was thrilled to see them perform the way they did in their final home game at South."
Hooks totaled 22 points, George added 19 and Berg finished with 12. Devin Tomlinson contributed 11 points and Dallas Whitney chipped in eight.
Leading 20-15 after the first quarter, South (14-10, 5-3 Big Six) took command with a 22-10 advantage in the second for a 42-25 halftime lead on the way to its third straight win.
VAN HORN 88, MARANATHA 61: Jaden Monday poured in 27 points in just three quarters of action to lead Van Horn to a Crossroads Conference victory over host Maranatha Christian Academy Friday.
Josh Anzaldo tallied 17 points and Jeremy Paige contributed 10 as the Falcons improved to 15-8.
RAYTOWN SOUTH 74, GRAIN VALLEY 61: Grain Valley made a rally in the second half but a slow first half was too much to make up in a Suburban Small Seven home loss to the Raytown South Cardinals Friday.
The Eagles fell behind 17-8 after one quarter and 38-20 at halftime before outscoring the Cardinals 41-36 in the second half.
Josh Kilpatrick amassed 28 points and seven rebounds and Caden Matlon added 19 points to lead Grain Valley (15-9, 5-5 Small Seven).
NORTH KANSAS CITY 72, FORT OSAGE 51: Fort Osage kept it close until early in the fourth quarter before host North Kansas City pulled away for a Suburban Middle Seven victory Friday.
"We played well for 27 minutes, and I think we had it at seven points with five minutes going in the fourth quarter," Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. "But then we had some turnovers and some forced shots and they were able to get out and run and get some easy baskets. Proud of our effort, but that light run hurt us again."
Fort Osage trailed 38-33 at halftime and 50-41 after the third quarter.
Xavier Kahube scored 18 points and Triston Turner added 16 to lead the Indians (6-15, 1-9 Middle Seven).
HARRISONVILLE 63, OAK GROVE 59: Host Oak Grove rallied from a 28-21 halftime deficit to grab a lead in the third quarter, only to have Harrisonville take over in the fourth for an MRVC West victory Friday.
"I thought we had decent energy to start the game but had some frustrating mistakes that cost us on the defensive end," Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. "Offensively we settled early and missed some shots. I was proud of our guys for making a run in the third to take the lead, but we had too many breakdowns to win a game against a solid team."
Harrisonville outscored the Panthers 24-20 in the final quarter after it was tied at 39 following the third.
Tully Thomsen tallied 26 points and 11 rebounds, Eli Wycoff added 17 points and Brenden Marsh had seven points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Oak Grove (12-9, 5-3 MRVC West), which had a four-game win streak snapped.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 63, RUSKIN 38: Chrisman used a strong start to claim a Suburban Middle Seven road win Friday.
The Bears jumped to a 21-11 lead after one quarter. After taking a 32-21 lead into halftime, Chrisman turned it into a rout with a 19-7 advantage in the third quarter.
Gia Moore poured in 23 points to lead the Bears (13-10, 7-3 Middle Seven), who have won seven straight. Mele Taula added 11 points and nine rebounds, Jennifer David had seven points, eight rebounds and four steals, and Jolee Spinks chipped in with seven points and six rebounds.
PARK HILL 52, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 43: A second-quarter lull cost Blue Springs South in a Suburban Big Six home loss to Park Hill Thursday.
Tied at 14 after the first period, the Trojans outscored South 14-7 in the second to take control.
Jaidynn Mason scored 13 points and Hannah Smith added 12 for the Jaguars (16-6, 4-4 Big Six), who lost their third straight.