The Blue Springs South boys basketball team used a balanced attack to hold off a rally by Ruskin in its season opener Tuesday.
Khayden Hooks fired in 24 points on the strength of four 3-pointers to help the Jaguars claim a 71-68 victory at Ruskin.
The Jaguars grabbed a 33-31 halftime lead with a 23-18 advantage in the second quarter. They led 52-47 after three quarters and then staved off the Eagles’ rally in the fourth quarter.
Devin Tomlinson added 19 points on three 3-pointers, Cade Berg had 15 points and Ovi Johnson contributed eight for the Jaguars.
ROCKHURST 62, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 50: Lee’s Summit North couldn’t hold on to a five-point halftime lead in a season-opening loss Tuesday night at Rockhurst.
The Broncos built a 22-17 halftime advantage.
“Rockhurst dominated the low block and the offensive boards in the second half to take (control),” North coach Mike Hilbert said.
Senior Hayden Cole fired in 18 points on four 3-pointers to lead the Broncos (0-1). Senior Kolby Franklin added 10 points and senior Dayne Davis added six.
GRAIN VALLEY 69, SEDALIA SACRED HEART 37: Caden Matlon and Josh Kilpatrick had strong games on both ends of the court and Grain Valley used a strong start to rout Sacred Heart of Sedalia in the Marshall Tournament opener Monday.
Matlon poured in 27 points on offense and had six steals on defense, while Kilpatrick tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Eagles in their season opener.
“You never know what to expect the first time out. We did a lot of things well, but obviously still have plenty to work on,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “I'm always interested to see how guys adjust and adapt to their new roles, and these guys did a pretty good job. We'll have our hands full on Wednesday with Marshall.”
The Eagles jumped to a 17-8 lead after one quarter and extended it to 35-17 by halftime.
Ethan Woodrome added nine points, A.J. Salisbury had seven points and four steals and Tristin Whitton dished out four assists.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 56, SAVANNAH 36: William Chrisman used a balanced attack and strong defense to roll to a first-round victory in the Savannah Tournament Tuesday.
Gia Moore tallied 12 points and three steals to lead the Bears to the win over host Savannah.
Chrisman advances to Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal against Chillicothe in a rematch of last year’s tournament championship.
Jacque David added 12 points and four rebounds, freshman Mele Tuala had 11 points and six rebounds and freshman Lilly Miller chipped in seven points and two steals to help spark the Bears, who improved to 2-0.
GRAIN VALLEY 54, SEDALIA SMITH-COTTON 48: Guard Grace Slaughter had an impressive high school debut.
The highly touted freshman – one of six freshmen to play for the Eagles – poured in 34 points in her first prep game, leading Grain Valley to a victory over Smith-Cotton in the Marshall Tournament opener Monday.
“We started out a mess and got down early, but we gathered ourselves, settled down and got it going,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “At halftime we were in a good position, and it carried over into the third quarter. We played really good defense.”
The Eagles took a 34-28 lead with an 11-5 advantage in the third quarter and held on for the win.
Malia Gutierrez added 10 points.