It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough for a conference win.
The Blue Springs South boys basketball team overcame some adversity and held off Park Hill’s second-half rally for a 60-56 Suburban Big Six road victory Tuesday.
The Jaguars outscored the Trojans 18-12 in the second quarter to take a 32-25 lead into halftime. Park Hill tied it at 43 entering the final period, but the Jaguars got the lead and hung on thanks to several clutch free throws in the final minute by Cade Berg.
“The guys fought hard and overcame some mistakes,” Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. “And we made just enough plays in the end to come away with a conference road win.”
Devin Tomlinson led the charge in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his game-high 21 points in the final period. Berg finished with 19 as the Jaguars snapped a two-game skid and improved to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the Big Six.
OAK PARK 59, FORT OSAGE 49: Fort Osage missed 10 free throws in the first half Tuesday.
That proved to be the difference in a Suburban Middle Seven home loss to the Oak Park Northmen.
Oak Park took advantage of the lax free throw shooting to take a 17-8 advantage after the first quarter and extend it to 30-16 at halftime.
“We started slow,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We were able to get them into foul trouble early but we just could not connect.”
The Indians clawed back to 32-27 in the third quarter but the Northmen used a 7-0 run to pull away again.
Triston Turner scored 17 points and Xavier Kahube had 12 as Fort Osage dropped to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
KEARNEY 64, GRAIN VALLEY 49: Grain Valley kept it close until the third quarter, when visiting Kearney pulled away for a Suburban Small Seven win Tuesday.
Grain Valley trailed just 29-26 at halftime before the Bulldogs put together a 20-10 third-quarter run for 49-36 lead entering the final period.
Josh Kilpatrick tallied 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Eagles (13-7, 3-4 Small Seven). A.J Salisbury contributed seven points and Tristin Whitton had six points, four assists and two steals.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 43, BELTON 17: Chrisman used a big second quarter to cruise to a Suburban Middle Seven road victory Tuesday.
Leading 6-2 after one quarter, the Bears used a 14-5 run in the second quarter to take command with a 20-7 halftime lead.
Gia Moore totaled 17 points, three steals and two assists and Jennifer David added seven points and eight rebounds to lead the Bears (6-6, 3-3 Middle Seven).
PEMBROKE HILL 45, VAN HORN 32: Van Horn couldn’t recover from a slow start and saw its nine-game winning streak come to a halt with a Crossroads Conference home loss to Pembroke Hill Tuesday.
The Raiders used a 14-8 advantage in the second quarter to take a 23-12 halftime lead.
Daisy Washington scored 13 points and Adison Smith had seven to lead the Falcons (12-4, 3-1 conference).