The Blue Springs girls basketball team won a pair of close games to advance to the championship of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic.

The Wildcats, though, cruised to a 55-39 victory over the host Panthers in Wednesday’s final with the help of a strong start.

Blue Springs jumped to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Leading 37-23 at halftime, the Wildcats pulled away with a 16-5 advantage in the third quarter to open up a 53-28 lead.

Jada Williams sank five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points. She finished the tournament with 66 points in three games. JaCole Johnson added 11 points as the Wildcats improved to 7-3 overall with their sixth straight victory.

“I thought we came out and played really well in the first half and did what we needed to do,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We shot the ball well. Jada had five threes and JaCole had two in the first half. They played really well the night before against a very good Blue Valley North team, so it was good to see the consistency carry over. I loved our girls’ enthusiasm and support for one another.”

VAN HORN 32, KANSAS CITY EAST 24: Van Horn defense clamped down on the Kansas City East Bears for a non-conference road victory Wednesday.

The Falcons raced to a 20-3 lead after the first quarter and held off East’s fourth-quarter rally to improve to 5-3 overall.

Lexi Robinson and Rhiannon Blackburn each scored six points to lead Van Horn. Junior varsity players Yasmine McCain and Noryn Powell chipped in with two points each in their first varsity action.