The Blue Springs South girls basketball team capitalized on Raymore-Peculiar’s early foul trouble and some strong shooting to get the season off on the right foot.
Three players scored 14 points each as the Jaguars dominated the host Panthers for a 71-40 victory in their season and Suburban Big Six Conference opener.
“Any conference victory we will take,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “We shot the ball really well, and I’ve been harping on them about defense and they pretty much did a good job on defense.”
Raymore-Peculiar also had three starters on the bench in the first half with three fouls each.
Lauren Gillig, Elizabeth Ernsting and Jaidynn Mason each scored 14 points and Hannah Smith contributed 13 points to lead the Jaguars (1-0, 1-0 Big Six).
South led 17-11 after the first quarter and extended it to 39-27 by halftime. The Jaguars turned it into a rout with a 32-13 advantage in the second half.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 61, OAK PARK 47: Gia Moore led a balanced attack as William Chrisman overcame a slow start to claim a Suburban Middle Seven victory in its season opener .
Moore poured in 20 points on the strength of five 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds. Jolee Spinks scored 10 points, Jennifer David added 13 points and six rebounds, freshman Mele Tuala had nine points and Jacque David contributed seven points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
The Bears trailed 9-7 after one quarter but grabbed tied it at 22 at halftime. They took control with an 18-9 advantage in the third quarter.
FORT OSAGE 56, PEMBROKE HILL 44: Fort Osage used a strong start and a balanced attack to hold off Pembroke Hill for a home victory Monday.
The Indians jumped to a 27-10 lead after one quarter and led 41-17 at halftime.
“We struggled with consistency, but we put together another good win,” Indians coach Lindsay Thompson said. “Nine out of 10 players scored. Senior Taua Key did a great job defensively and rebounded really well.”
Kiyley Flowers scored 16 points, Brooklynn Gilpin added 10 and Macie Smith had nine to lead the Indians (2-0).
COLUMBIA ROCK BRIDGE 66, OAK GROVE 34: Oak Grove welcomed defending Class 5 state champion Rock Bridge but were unable to get past the Bruins Monday.
"Obviously a tough one to start our season tonight but we can learn some valuable lessons that will help us down the road in regards to our defensive rebounding and team identity on the defensive end of the floor,” Oak Grove coach Dustin Fox said. “I thought we did a good job breaking their pressure but we struggled to finish and missed some opportunities to hit shooters in advantage situations. I'm glad we played a game against a quality opponent like Rock Bridge early this year to give us a chance to see where we were at. Now we have a couple of weeks to get better going forward."
Tully Thomsen had 12 points and seven rebounds and Eli Wycoff scored 11 points to lead the Panthers (0-1), who trailed 24-10 after the first quarter.