Lee's Summit West started knocking down shots early and that didn't change throughout the Suburban Big Six game against Blue Springs.
The Titans drained six 3-pointers on the way to a 63-41 victory Wednesday night, staying perfect in league play.
Though the final score doesn't indicate a close game, it was for a while. The Wildcats put up a fight in the second quarter, rallying from two nine-point deficits to get within a basket on five occasions in the period.
Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli credited his team's defense for helping to overcome a 12-3 deficit and then 14-5 deficit in the first quarter.
“We played a small stretch of help-side defense and contain and we got back in it,” he said. “Then we played two or three minutes of it in the fourth, but it was too late for it at that point.”
Blue Springs (8-8, 2-2) used a 6-0 run to open the second to pull within 14-12. An offensive rebound and putback by Brooke Niemann made it 16-14. Lee's Summit West hit 3-pointers on its next two possessions, but in between those, Camryn Collins scored inside for Blue Springs.
Down 22-16, Blue Springs rallied again and pulled with 24-21 with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the second quarter.
Then, the offense struggled to score and the defense yielded a 9-3 run to close the half. The final points in the frame for the Titans came on a 3-pointer by Marissa Ritchey, the fifth trey for the visitors.
“They shot the ball well, but a lot of teams are shooting well because we play such poor defense,” Spigarelli said. “We are a good remedy for a team not shooting well. They seem to get confidence when you are banging in open looks and getting the ball to the basket.”
Lee's Summit West (11-6, 4-0) scored 22 points in the third quarter, with point guard Sydnee Kemp scoring 10 of her team-high 14 in the frame.
The nine-point lead for Lee's Summit West grew to 15 after a 3-pointer by Sydney Brooks with 3:59 to play in the third. That capped a 17-5 run for Lee's Summit West, a stretch of more than 5 1/2 minutes in which it yielded only one basket to the Wildcats.
The Titans closed the third on a 10-2 run and led by 25 going into the fourth.
“We were hitting shots. When you hit shots, the game is a lot easier,” said Lee's Summit West coach Jeff Hardin, a former assistant under Spigarelli for five years at Blue Springs. “It really came down to hitting shots. I can't attribute it to anything better than that. We were getting open looks and knocking them down.”
Along with Kemp's 14, freshman Tasia Johnson finished in double figures with 11 for the Titans.
Blue Springs got 13 points from Bello, while Bradley and Collins had seven each.
The Wildcats had won three of four entering the game and two in a row. It will be a quick turnaround for the Wildcats, who play at Ray-Pec tonight in another conference game.