The Blue Springs boys basketball team used a balanced attack and a strong start for a non-conference road win Thursday.

The Wildcats outscored host Leavenworth (Kan.) 18-7 in the first quarter on the way to a 62-49 victory.

“We played well tonight on both sides of the ball,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “I was really pleased with our practices this week leading into tonight's game. We were fortunate to get off to a fast start in the first quarter and then kept them at that distance the rest of the way.”

Ikenna Ezeogu led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points. Braden Appelhans added 12 points and Cooper Willich and Kyle Bruce contributed 11 apiece as the Wildcats won despite sinking just 12 of 23 free throws.

Blue Springs improved to 6-4 while snapping a three-game losing streak.

RAYTOWN SOUTH 73, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 54: Lee’s Summit North trailed by just one point early in the fourth quarter but Raytown South pulled away for a non-conference victory.

The Broncos made it 45-44 but the undefeated Cardinals outscored them 28-11 in the final seven minutes.

Hayden Cole scored 14 points, Kellan Shilt added 12 on four 3-pointers and Kolby Franklin had 10 to lead the Broncos (3-7).


NORTH KANSAS CITY 53, GRAIN VALLEY 39: Early offensive struggles cost the Grain Valley girls basketball team a chance to keep it close against defending Class 5 state champion North Kansas City Thursday.

The Eagles trailed 22-13 at halftime when the Hornets outscored them 18-8 in the third quarter to pull away with a 40-21 lead.

“I was pretty pleased defensively, but we fought offense for too long in the game,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “Good game for us to play – hopefully helps us get better.”

Grace Slaughter scored 19 points and Ella Clyman added 11 to lead the Eagles (7-3), whose four-game winning streak was halted.