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Jaguars use fast start to stave off Broncos

By The Examiner staff

It wasn’t exactly what Blue Springs South boys basketball coach Josh Smith had in mind, but he won’t ever refuse a Suburban Big Eight win.

A strong start allowed the Jaguars to hold off a challenge by Lee’s Summit North for a 59-48 conference win Friday.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we’ll take it,” Smith said after his team improved to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the conference. “We played well offensively early and had a solid performance defensively in the third quarter, but we were pretty inconsistent for much of the night. Winning games in this conference is always tough – and that was certainly true tonight.”

Blue Springs South jumped to a 22-14 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 36-25 at halftime.

The Broncos (0-8, 0-5) made it interesting with an 18-13 advantage in the final quarter.

Devin Tomlinson scored 18 points to lead a balanced attack for the Jaguars. Ty Mauck added 17, Dallas Whitney had 10 and Sonny McCreary chipped in eight.

Tre Baker, Jeremy Moore and Mac Armstrong each scored 11 points and Simon Murray had 10 in his return to lead North.

HARRISONVILLE 57, OAK GROVE 49: Oak Grove couldn’t hold on to a 23-21 halftime lead in an MRVC West home loss to Harrisonville Friday.

Harrisonville outscored the Panthers 24-11 in the third quarter to take command with a 45-34 lead. Oak Grove (0-8) got within single digits in the fourth but couldn’t get any closer.

“Overall I was pleased with the vast majority of our game. Harrisonville is talented and deep, and we did a great job controlling the pace of the game in the first half,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “Unfortunately, our old habits came back to hurt us in the third quarter. ...  Obviously you want to show improvement and end up winning a game, but we lost to Harrisonville by over 20 a month ago, and tonight our locker room was upset because we felt like we let them off the hook. To me, that shows that our guys understand that we are getting better, and I applaud their intensity, effort, and focus.”

Silas Hicks scored 16 points, Jamison Kirk added nine points and seven rebounds and Hunter Jones had six assists to pace Oak Grove.

Girls

SHAWNEE MISSION WEST 47, BLUE SPRINGS 34: Blue Springs couldn’t overcome a 20-4 deficit in the second quarter in a non-conference home loss Friday.

The Wildcats (7-4) led 11-5 after the first quarter behind nine points from Jada Williams. But baskets by Jayla Cornelius and Camryn Collins was all they could muster in the second period as the Vikings grabbed a 25-15 lead.

Shawnee Mission West put it out of reach with a 14-6 advantage in the third quarter.

Williams had 11 points in the final period and finished with 22, and Cornelius had eight.