The Blue Springs South girls basketball team claimed a tournament title and made a statement with one victory.
Tiyani Rollins sank a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to lift the Jaguars to a 46-43 victory over defending Class 5 state champion North Kansas City in the championship game of the Winnetonka Tournament’s Cardinal Division Friday night.
“This is a big win for us and our program,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said after his team improved to 4-0 overall. “Every one of our kids played tonight and all added something of value – a great team win.
“North Kansas City is really good and they battled us the whole way. It came down to a tight game in the fourth quarter and we were able to hit some timely free throws in the end.”
Rollins, who finished with 11 points, stepped to the line with nine second left and sank both free throws to put the Jaguars ahead 45-43.
After North Kansas City missed a shot on the other end, Rollins was fouled again and sank the first of two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to seal it.
Sophomore transfer Jaidynn Mason again led the Jaguars by firing in 22 points to help offset 24 points by North Kansas City star Ja’mya Powell-Smith.
South outscored Northtown 16-14 in the second quarter to tie it 22-22 at halftime. The Jaguars grabbed a 36-31 lead entering the final quarter.
FORT OSAGE 56, PLATTE COUNTY 40: Fort Osage used a strong start to claim a victory over Platte County in the consolation final of the Winnetonka Tournament’s Gold Division Friday.
The Indians jumped to a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 28-18 by halftime.
“Solid night for (us),” Indians coach Lindsay Thompson said. “Taua Key dominated the boards tonight. We played with maturity and grit tonight.”
Katelyn Ward scored 19 points, Kiyley Flowers added 16 and Macie Smith contributed nine to lead the Indians (3-2).
GRANDVIEW 52, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 44: Lee’s Summit North surrendered an early lead as Grandview rallied with a big fourth quarter to down the Broncos in the third-place game of the Winnetonka Tournament’s Gold Division Friday.
The Broncos jumped to a 16-8 lead after one quarter but the Bulldogs closed to within 28-26 by halftime. North took a 38-31 lead into the final quarter, but Grandview outscored it 21-6 in the final period for the win.
Elauni Bennett scored 12 points and Lauren Draney had 10 to lead the Broncos (1-3).
North fell 57-41 to Truman in the semifinals on Thursday. Truman used a 13-8 advantage in the second quarter for a 27-22 halftime lead and slowly pulled away for the win.
Taliyah Scott scored 18 points to lead the Patriots.
Bennett had 15 points and Draney had 10 to pace the Broncos.
ST. MICHAEL 51, HARRISONVILLE 32: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic shut down Harrisonville in the first half and cruised to a victory in the championship game of the Summit Christian Academy Invitational Friday at Hy-Vee Arena.
The Guardians stymied the Wildcats early and took a 36-7 lead into halftime.
Audrey Maglich, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player, and Clare Scheier, also a member of the all-tournament team, each scored 11 points to lead St. Michael (3-0). Victoria Swingle added 10 points for the Guardians.