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Prep basketball roundup: Eagles advance with rout of Pembroke Hill

By The Examiner staff

The Grain Valley girls basketball team got a little from every player Monday.

It also got another big contribution from all-state guard Grace Slaughter.

Slaughter fired in 35 points as the Eagles rolled to a 71-44 victory over the Pembroke Hill Raiders in a first-round game in the Pleasant Hill Tournament.

Grain Valley jumped to an 18-3 advantage after the first quarter and cruised from there to advance to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal against Notre Dame de Sion.

Slaughter scored 10 of her 35 in the second quarter as the Eagles extended their lead to 32-12 by halftime.

Every player who entered the game scored for Grain Valley. Ella Clyman added nine points and Gabbi Keim chipped in seven on 5-of-8 free-throw shooting.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 48, BLUE SPRINGS 35: Blue Springs couldn’t overcome a third-quarter lapse in a loss to St. Thomas Aquinas in the 810 Varsity Showcase Saturday at Lee’s Summit High School.

The Wildcats trailed just 23-22 after outscoring the Saints 15-11 in the second quarter, but Aquinas took control with a 16-5 run in the third quarter for a 39-27 lead.

Blue Springs' Ja'Cole Johnson (4) goes up for a shot in Saturday's game against St. Thomas Aquinas. Blue Springs lost 48-35.

“I was pleased with the way we played in the first half. Our defense was outstanding,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “The second half was obviously disappointing. It wasn't due to effort, but we struggled executing, which led to poor shooting.”

Jada Williams scored 22 points and Jayla Cornelius added eight to lead Blue Springs (6-3).

Beatrice Culliton, Williams’ club teammate, powered Aquinas with 27 points and 20 rebounds.

BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 62, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 52: Blue Springs South overcame a challenge from Raymore-Peculiar to claim a Suburban Big Eight road win Monday.

The Jaguars used a balanced attack to improve to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

“Ray-Pec’s bigs played a great game and gave us trouble around the rim,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “(Jonathan) Benson had his girls prepared and had a great game plan.”

South took a 20-18 lead after one quarter and maintained that two-point lead at halftime (31-29). The Jaguars padded the lead with a 17-12 advantage in the third quarter.

Saneea Bevley totaled 17 points – including 12 in the first half – to lead South’s balanced attack. Jaidynn Mason scored seven of her 13 points in the first quarter. Hannah Smith and Tiyani Rollins each added 10 and Kendall Puryear had seven for the Jaguars, who sank 14 of 19 free throws.

WILLIAM CHRISMAN 59, LINCOLN PREP 38: William Chrisman jumped to an early lead and cruised to a win over Lincoln Prep Monday in the first round of the Oak Park Tournament.

Amanda Szopinski scored seven of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter as the Bears grabbed a 14-5 lead.

A 21-14 advantage in the third quarter turned a 24-15 halftime lead into a 45-29 advantage entering the final period.

Gia Moore added 12 points and Mele Taula and Jacque David each contributed 10 as the Bears (7-4) advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal against top-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas.

MARYVILLE 60, OAK GROVE 29: Oak Grove kept within striking distance after the first quarter but Maryville pulled away in the second quarter for a win in a boys/girls doubleheader Monday at Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City.

The Oak Grove boys lost 63-38.

The Oak Grove boys lost 63-38.

The Panther girls trailed 15-9 after the opening period but the Spoofhounds pulled away with a 27-12 advantage in the second for a 42-21 halftime lead.

Destiny Valentine and Makenna Gray each scored nine points to lead the Panthers (7-5).

Serena Sundell poured in 30 points to power Maryville.

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL 62, KC CENTRAL 22: St. Michael cruised to its second straight win with a rout of Central Friday at home.

The Guardians (4-4) have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 70 points.

Audrey Maglich scored 16 points and Victoria Swingle added 11 to pace St. Michael.


No double-digit was safe Friday night for William Chrisman.

The Bears, thanks to four players in double-figures, found a way late to dispatch Carl Junction to earn a 73-64 victory over the Bulldogs in the Kaminsky Classic at Joplin High School.

The Bears couldn’t sustain that momentum and fell 54-37 to Nevada in the tournament’s third-place game Saturday.

Trailing 34-23 at halftime Friday, Carl Junction nailed three straight 3-pointers – from Sincere Williams, Alex Baker and Mylas Derfelt – to start the third quarter to make 34-32 with 6:18 left.

Chrisman promptly answered by scoring the next 14 points to push its lead back to 48-32 with 3:12 left in the period.

Six times in the fourth quarter the Bears pushed their lead to 10 or more and each time the Bulldogs fought back but drew no closer than five with 5:03 left in the game.

Senior guard Anthony Watkins tallied 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Chrisman (4-6). Dayne Herl, a junior forward, added 17 points and seven rebounds, sophomore guard Sir’Rahn Felix had 13 points and senior center Alex Atagi finished with 10 points.

On Saturday, with the Bears trailing 28-23 at halftime, Nevada (7-4) scored the first eight points of the third quarter to open a 13-point lead. The Bears (4-7) were held to two fourth quarter field goals and one free throw as Nevada extended its lead.

Herl scored 12 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four steals to pace the Bears. Watkins added 10 points.

Logan Applegate scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to power Nevada.

LIBERTY 65, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 51: Blue Springs South couldn’t overcome a sluggish second quarter in a Suburban Big Eight road loss to Liberty Friday.

Trailing 17-16 after the first quarter, the Jaguars were outscored 17-6 in the second to fall behind 34-22 at halftime.

“We got outplayed tonight – credit goes to Coach (Roger) Stirtz and his team for executing and playing at a high level,” Jaguars coach Josh Smith said. “We simply did not play well enough at either end of the floor to give ourselves a real opportunity to defeat a team of that caliber.”

Quinton Robertson and Devin Tomlinson each totaled 11 points and Ty Mauck and Sonny McCreary both had nine to pace the Jaguars (5-6, 2-1 Big Eight), who have lost three of their last four.

Bennett Stirtz fired in 21 points to lead the Blue Jays (9-1, 3-0).

PARK HILL 64, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 55: Lee’s Summit North whittled a double-digit deficit down to six points with just more than two minutes left but couldn’t get past Suburban Big Eight leader Park Hill Friday.

The Broncos (0-7, 0-4 Big Eight) trailed 53-36 after three quarters but made it close with a 19-11 advantage in the final period.

Tre Baker led North’s balanced attack with 13 points. Jeremy Moore added 10, Jaden McGhee had nine points and Michael Livingston chippe in eight.

CENTER 70, OAK GROVE 27: Oak Grove couldn't overcome a 20-9 deficit after the first quarter in an MRVC West road loss Friday.

"I thought our kids came out and battled incredibly hard the first 6 minutes of the game.  We hung in early, which has been the biggest concern for our team so far this year, slow starts," Panthers coach Dustin Fox said.

Hunter Jones scored 10 points and Silas Hicks had five assists to lead Oak Grove (0-6, 0-1).