The Lee’s Summit North girls basketball team was in control throughout Friday’s game.
As a result, the Broncos captured their first district title since 2014.
North jumped to a 15-7 lead after one quarter and led throughout on the way to a 57-43 win over crosstown rival Lee’s Summit West in the Class 5 District 13 championship Friday at Raymore-Peculiar High School.
Aiyana Johnson powered the Broncos with a double-double, pouring in 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
“We played one of the most complete games of our season,” Broncos coach Tricia Lillygren said after her team improved to 20-5 and advanced to Wednesday’s Class 5 sectional playoff. “I was proud of the strength and focus our girls displayed tonight.”
After grabbing the 15-7 lead after the first, the Broncos outscored the Titans 17-15 to take a 32-22 advantage into halftime.
Lee’s Summit West rallied to pull within seven in the fourth quarter, but the Broncos sank 12 of 14 free throws in the final period to seal the win and the title.
Micaela Dickson added 15 points, Anija Frazier added eight, Tiana Gipson had seven and Alexis Griffin six to help lead North.
CENTER 75, VAN HORN 57: Van Horn kept it close until the final quarter when host Center pulled away for a Class 4 District 14 semifinal victory Friday.
Van Horn finishes 9-16 with the loss.
Trailing 23-14 after the first quarter, the Falcons rallied to pull within 35-34 in the second quarter and trailed just 47-42 entering the final period.
Terrion Seddens scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack for Van Horn. Joe Crocker and Joell Wilson each added 12 points, Tyrone Thornton had nine and Xavier Marrero chipped in eight for the Falcons.