The Blue Springs girls basketball team continues to improve.
After starting the season 0-3, the Wildcats jumped to a 24-16 halftime lead and downed visiting Raymore-Peculiar 45-35 for their second straight win Thursday night.
Daj Helms totaled 17 points to power the Wildcats, who improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban Big Seven.
“The defense played better,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “And I thought Daj played really tough down the stretch and carried us at times. Our two seniors (Camryn Swanson and Katie Mooneyham) also played well.”
Swanson finished with 13 points and Mooneyham added 11 as the trio combined for 41 of the Wildcats’ 45 points.
ST. TERESA’S 53, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 46: Blue Springs South couldn’t recover from a 15-6 deficit after the first quarter in a non-conference road loss Thursday.
Naia Tauai scored 14 points, Tiffany Davenport added 10 and Myranda Abarca had nine to lead the Jaguars, who fell to 2-1 overall.
PLATTE COUNTY 67, FORT OSAGE 34: Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said her team played its best half of the season.
Unfortunately for the Indians, it was followed by one of the worst.
Trailing just 32-25 at halftime to a strong Platte County team, the Indians managed only nine second-half points, and no points in the fourth quarter, as the Pirates turned it into a rout.
“We played our best half of the season tonight,” Thompson said. “In the third and fourth quarters we let turnovers accumulate.”
Platte County outscored the Indians 20-9 in the third to take control.
Hailey Chase and Alecia Monday each scored eight points to lead Fort Osage, which outscored the Pirates 21-15 in the second quarter.
OAK GROVE 34, ODESSA 33: Kaitlyn Marsh drained a pair of free throws with four seconds left to lift Oak Grove past rival Odessa in a Husker Classic tournament semifinal Thursday at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville.
The Panthers rallied from a 28-24 deficit entering the final quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 10-5 for the win.
Sophie Heldenbrand tallied 13 points and Marsh finished with 12 to lead Oak Grove (4-2).
“Sophie and Kait stepped up big time and were the difference in the game,” Panthers coach Jared Broughton said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we grinded it out and we were able to come out on top in the end.”
Oak Grove meets Brookfield in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday.