After building an 11-point halftime lead, the Blue Springs South girls basketball team fell into a rut in the third when St. Teresa’s Academy outscored it 28-17.

The Jaguars were down my as many as four in the final period, but hit some key shots when it mattered most in a 70-61 road win over the Stars Thursday.

South (3-2) led 19-8 after one period and went into halftime up 30-19. The Stars battled back to tie it 47-47 going into the fourth. The Jaguars won the final period 23-14.

“We played well for most of the first half, then in the third quarter, they sped us up a little,” South coach Kory Lower said. “After the third quarter was over, I told them to ignore what I said at halftime because it wasn’t working.

“When we needed to make baskets, we did. We got an ugly win on the road. I am proud of how we fought until the end.”

NORTH KANSAS CITY 40, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 31: The Bears only mustered one point in the third quarter and that prevented them from making a comeback in the Suburban Middle Seven Conference home loss to the Hornets Thursday.

Chrisman trailed 9-7 after the first quarter and fell behind 25-18 at halftime. The Bears struggled in the third period as the Hornets extended their lead to 30-19.

Jacque David led Chrisman (3-1, 0-1 conference) with eight points and Gia Moore added seven.

STALEY 59, FORT OSAGE 50: The Indians got 19 points from sophomore point guard Kiyley Flowers, but it was not enough in a non-conference home loss to the Falcons Thursday.

Fort Osage trailed 23-14 after the first quarter and fell behind 35-22 at halftime. Staley led 46-34 going into the fourth and held on to the lead.

Rachel Buntin and Austin Moise added seven points each for the Indians (2-3).

“(We) played a great game tonight,” Fort head coach Lindsay Thompson said. “After a rough few minutes, we showed a ton of toughness and fight. Ardaysia Fenner and Rachel Buntin played very well. Kiyley did a great job controlling the tempo down the stretch.”

GRAIN VALLEY 44, RAYTOWN SOUTH 32: The Eagles played their first ever Suburban Small Seven Conference game and picked a up a victory over the Cardinals Thursday.

Grain Valley (3-1, 1-0) led 16-9 after the first period and went into halftime up 28-18. The Eagles extended the lead to 36-24 going into the fourth and held on for the win.

“It was a great way for us to start (the conference schedule),” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We started a little sloppy but we started to settle down later on. Defensively, we played really well.”

Kendra Sibert led the Eagles with 15 points and Gracie LaForge and Brittney McKay each had 10.


LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 72, BLUE VALLEY 51: The Broncos will have a chance to win their second consecutive tournament championship after defeating the host Tigers in the semifinals of the Blue Valley Tournament.

The Broncos (5-1) will play Lawrence (Kan.) for the title at 8 p.m. today.

The Broncos led 18-5 after the first period and ballooned the advantage to 43-20 at halftime. The Broncos went into the fourth ahead 64-40.

Devon Richardson scored a career-high 15 points to lead the Broncos. Elijah Smith added 14 points and Javaunte Hawkins had 13.

OAK GROVE 77, WINDSOR 38: Oak Grove powered into the championship of the Husker Classic behind 30 points from Trey Bryant in the semifinals Thursday at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville.

Bryant, a 6-foot-5 senior post player, sank 14 of 20 shots from the field on the way to his second 30-point game of the season.

“We did a good job getting the ball to him,” Oak Grove coach Ty Hames said of Bryant. We got the tempo we wanted and got off to a quick start. The defense was really feeding the offense.”

Tully Tomsen, who scored a school-record 43 points in the 86-38 first-round win over Brookfield, added 13 points Thursday. Brenden Marsh contributed 12 and Tijhani Jackson had nine for the Panthers (2-1).

Oak Grove meets Richmond at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship.