The Blue Springs South girls basketball team was off to a slow start as they trailed the Tigers 13-12 at the end of the first quarter.
However, South outscored Sedalia Smith-Cotton 51-17 the rest of the way as it cruised to a 63-30 non-conference victory Monday at Sedalia.
Lauren Gillig and Hannah Smith 17 points each and Saneea Bevley added 13 to lead the Jaguars.
“We came out and didn’t play very well in the first quarter,” South coach Kory Lower said after his team improved to 13-7. “After the first quarter, we shot the ball a lot better. We made 12 threes as a team. It was nice to get a win in our last non-conference game before we start the second half of our conference schedule.
GRAIN VALLEY 58, WINNETONKA 25: The Eagles had little trouble dispatching the Griffins as they led 39-14 at halftime and never looked back in a Suburban Small Seven Conference win Monday.
Brittney McKay led the Eagles (8-13, 3-7) with 17 points, followed by Kendra Sibert with 11 and Keely Hill with 10.
“Loved our energy and pace we played with,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “It was fun to play and fun to watch. I was really pleased with them.”
On Saturday, In a makeup game that was postponed due to inclement weather, the Eagles had a chance to win the Pleasant HIll Tournament. However, the Eagles couldn’t muster enough offense as they fell 46-40 to the the Grandview Bulldogs in the championship despite a strong fourth quarter.
After a 7-7 tie at the end of the first quarter, Grandview jumped ahead 20-15 at halftime. Grandview pushed the lead to 32-24 heading into the fourth. The Eagles had a strong fourth quarter offensively but couldn’t complete the comeback.
Hill led Grain Valley (7-13) with 18 points and Sydney Williams added 10.
KEARNEY 53, TRUMAN 36: The Patriots fell to 9-10 overall after loss to the Bulldogs in a non-conference contest Monday.
Truman trailed 24-10 at the end of the first period were behind 31-18 at halftime. Kearney pushed the lead to 38-24 heading into the fourth and never looked back.
Becca Gilpin led Truman (9-10) with 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and Deon Monroe added 11.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 47, BLUE SPRINGS 29: Blue Springs had its lowest point total of the season as the Titans clamped down on defense in a Suburban Big Six Conference matchup Monday.
The Titans led 15-5 after one quarter, but the Wildcats narrowed the gap to 22-16 at halftime. West then blew the game open by outscoring Blue Springs 18-5 in the third period.
Ja’Cole Johnson led the Wildcats (9-10, 4-3) with 10 points.
GRAIN VALLEY 72, CLINTON 43: Josh Kilpatrick had a career game to lead Grain Valley to a rout of Clinton in the weather-delayed third-place game of the Pleasant Hill Tournament Saturday.
The junior forward poured in 32 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range, and added four rebounds and three assists to help the Eagles improve to 13-8.
The Eagles led 20-15 after one quarter and extended it to 40-26 by halftime.
Kevin Gutierrez added 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Cole Keller contributed eight points and seven rebounds.