The Blue Springs South girls basketball team got off to a sluggish start.
But the Jaguars quickly reversed that and cruised to a 66-24 victory over Ruskin Monday in a first-round game in the Cardinal Division of the Winnetonka Tournament.
Blue Springs South led just 13-10 after the first quarter but took command with a 20-2 advantage in the second period to take a 33-12 halftime lead.
“We really didn’t defend well in the first quarter,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “It was one of those early tournament starts in an empty, smaller gym and we really didn’t get into it for a while. But we did a better job on defense in the second quarter and got some easy buckets off of it to build a lead.”
Jaidynn Mason fired in 24 points to lead the Jaguars (2-0), who meet Oak Park in a 5:30 p.m. Wednesday semifinal. Elizabeth Ernsting added 16 points and Lauren Gillig had 13.
PARK HILL 69, FORT OSAGE 43: Fort Osage couldn’t recover from Park Hill’s big second-quarter run in a Gold Division game in the Winnetonka Tournament Monday.
The Indians trailed just 16-14 after the first quarter, but the Trojans outscored them 20-7 in the second to take control with a 36-21 halftime lead.
“We battled hard against a solid Park Hill team. We struggled with consistent, defensive intensity,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said.
Kiyley Flowers scored 17 points, Macie Smith had 12 and Katelyn Ward added nine to lead the Indians (2-1).