Blue Springs South girls basketball freshman Saneea Bevley now has a hard standard to live up to.
The shooting guard made an impressive varsity debut, pouring in 21 points while sinking five 3-pointers to help lead the Jaguars to a 71-22 first-round win over host Winnetonka Tuesday in the Winnetonka Invitational’s Gold Division bracket.
“That may be one of the best debuts for a freshman in school history,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “It was a good way to start the year for us. We got out in transition and scored so well that we rarely had to run our offense. And we shot well too.”
The Jaguars sank 10 3-pointers with Bevley leading the way with five. Sophie Lopez added 16 points and Lea Stanton contributed nine for the Jaguars (1-0), who meet Park Hill South in the tourney’s semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Winnetonka.
Blue Springs South raced to a 24-1 lead after one quarter and made it 39-5 by halftime.
TRUMAN 69, GRANDVIEW 36: Truman had little trouble from the start in a rout of Grandview in the opening round of the Winnetonka Invitational’s Cardinal Division.
The Patriots raced to an 18-3 lead after one quarter and extended it to 43-14 by halftime on the way to the rout.
“We rebounded and ran the floor well,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “We shot the ball well out of the break. We have a lot to work on, but we competed well and got the win.”
Anna Villanueva poured in 25 points and Deon Monroe added 20 before both sat out most of the fourth quarter.
The Patriots advance to today’s 7 p.m. semifinal against Park Hill.
ROCKHURST 69, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 57: The Broncos got a tough test in their season opener against Rockhurst.
They had trouble stopping the trio of Tyler Nelson, Darius Hughes and AJ White, as they combined for for 57 of the Hawklets’ 69 points as North fell in the non-conference contest.
The Broncos (0-1) trailed 17-10 after the first quarter and 31-22 at halftime. Rockhurst won the third period 17-16 and held on for the win.
“As good as Rockhurst was offensively, they were more impressive on the defensive end,” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “We found it difficult to find good shots and all missed shots were quickly rebounded and pushed to the other end by a quick-strike Hawklet transition game.”
Javaunte Hawkins led the Broncos with 18 points and Elijah Smith added 13.