Blue Springs South coach Kory Lower could only look on in amazement as his Jaguars girls basketball team missed shot after shot.
Every shot in the first half, to be exact.
But even after managing just 10 shots and missing them all in the first two quarters Friday against Blue Springs, South still made enough free throws to keep it close before falling 43-34 in an early evening game at Blue Springs High School.
That helped ease some of the pain for the Jaguars in their first Suburban Big Six Conference loss of the season.
“It was frustrating,” Lower said. “I don’t feel like we played very well the first half, or the second half. We missed shots we normally make, and I think it got going in our head.”
South (13-8, 6-1 Big Six) went 0-for-6 from the field in the first quarter before missing four more shots in the second. Lauren Gillig broke the hex with a three-pointer 10 seconds into the third quarter, but South made just one more basket in that period too.
All told, South made only four baskets, all 3-pointers, the whole game. But it would get plenty of chances at the free throw line in a contest that featured a combined 50 fouls and 75 free throws.
“We played good defense with the exception of all the fouls,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “I was happy with our defense, but disappointed in the amount of fouling we did.”
Blue Springs (10-9, 4-3) never trailed after taking 13-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats ended the period with an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from freshman Ja’Cole Johnson.
And even as South struggled to make a shot, Blue Springs couldn’t pull away after making only 1 of 11 shots in the second quarter. Still, the Wildcats took a 22-12 lead into the second half, which became a foulfest.
Blue Springs, which was whistled for 23 fouls, went 24-for-43 from the free-throw line. South, which had 27 fouls, was 23-for-32 from the line. Blue Springs led 30-19 going into the fourth quarter and by as many as 13 in the final period.
Johnson, who finished with 10 points, was the only Blue Springs player in double figures. Saneea Bevley led South with 14 points, with 11 coming from the foul line.