The Blue Springs boys basketball team struggled to get into a rhythm in the championship game of the Bulldog Classic at Kearney High School.

The Wildcats trailed 36-21 halftime and were never able to recover in a 66-51 loss to Southeast Kansas City Friday.

“The amount of empty possessions from turnovers in the first half, put us in a bad spot by halftime,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “We had a spurt towards the end of the third quarter where our combination of players got to the rim and made some extra effort plays to get us back in the game. But two run outs to end the third period put them back up nine. Martaveon Jones had a heck of a game and made us look foolish at times trying to guard the ball. Overall we are really proud of our group for giving themselves an opportunity to play in the finals tonight.

Eli Wingert led the Wildcats (5-10) with nine points , Jay’Von McKinney and Najee Williams each chipped in with eight.

Girls

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 50, LEE’S SUMMIT 30: Jaguar freshman Seneea Bevley scored a game-high 19 points as her team rolled to a Suburban Big Six Conference victory Thursday.

South led 10-8 at the end of the first period and jumped out to a 33-15 lead at halftime. Lee’s Summit cut the lead to 38-22 going into the fourth before South outscored it 12-7 in the final period.

Logan Abernathy added 13 points for the Jags.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well but played hard defensively and forced Lee’s Summit into some turnovers which helped us build a lead,” South head coach Kory Lower said. “Just happy to get a win on Senior Night for our five seniors in front of a great crowd!”