Blue Springs South started the girls basketball season on a roll. Now it’s starting another one.

South reeled off nine straight before its first loss, and the Jaguars are now 2-0 since that setback after downing Lee’s Summit 64-29 Thursday night at Lee’s Summit.

South, ranked No. 7 in Class 5, had no trouble improving to 11-1 on the season. The Jaguars led 15-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 by halftime against Lee’s Summit (1-11). South’s only loss this season came against No. 1 Jefferson City last month.

“We played well and shot the ball well from the outside against their zone,” South coach Kory Lower said. “Good non-conference win for us before we get into a stretch of tough conference matchups for us.”

Lauren Gillig scored 22 points to lead South. Three other Jaguars finished in double figures: Jaidynn Mason (12 points), Elizabeth Ernsting (11) and Tiyani Rollins (10)


NORTH KANSAS CITY 66, BLUE SPRINGS 62: Braden Applehans scored 10 of his 27 points after regulation, but they weren’t enough as Blue Springs fell to North Kansas City 66-62 in double overtime in the semifinals of the Kearney Invitational.

Blue Springs battled back from a 25-17 halftime deficit and outscored Northtown 17-7 in the third quarter. The two teams went into overtime tied 49-49.

“Played a great second half but ultimately let it slip away late with some key mistakes,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “Definitely was not an effort thing tonight. Our kids battled. Have to get better at late game situations and execution.”

Ike Ezeogu joined Applehans in double figures with 12 points, and Kyle Bruce added 10 points for Blue Springs (7-5).

D’Anthony Pennington scored 28 points to lead Northtown (9-4) in the 600th career victory for coach Gerry Marlin.

Blue Springs plays St. Joseph Lafayette Saturday in the third place game.

ST. MICHAEL 75, OAK GROVE 59: Tully Thomsen scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Oak Grove in a 75-59 loss to St. Michael the Archangel at St. Michael.

Brenden Marsh had 16 points and five rebounds and Eli Wycoff added 10 points for Oak Grove (6-3), which trailed 18-10 at the end of the first quarter and 38-27 by halftime.

“I thought our kids competed and played extremely hard all night, but our offensive execution early on wasn’t very solid which kept us chasing them all game,” Oak Grove coach Dustin Fox said. “Games like this are good for our guys to play in and I was proud of our effort and competitiveness. Now we just have to figure out to be more consistent on the offensive end.”