For most teams, a 10-18 record would reflect an unsuccessful season.

But for the St. Mary’s High School boys basketball program, it was a big step in the right direction by new coach Byron Jones.

For most teams, a 10-18 record would reflect an unsuccessful season.
But for the St. Mary’s High School boys basketball program, it was a big step in the right direction by new coach Byron Jones.
The 10 wins are seven more than the previous two seasons.
The Trojans girls team also had great success, going 18-8 under first-year coach Krista Daniels for its best record since a 22-8 mark in the 1994-95 season. The 18 wins were eight more than the previous season.
Also, the Trojan girls tied Barstow for the Crossroads Conference championship. The title was the first since the 1993-94 season.
The recently completed high school basketball season was one of highlights and downfalls.
On the girls side, Blue Springs led the way with its greatest season ever at 28-3 and second place in the Class 5 state tournament.
• The William Chrisman girls team’s 16-11 record was its finest since going 17-9 in 2000-2001 and its first winning season since 14-12 in 2004-2005. The Bears were a surprising second in the Suburban Big Six. I predicted them for fourth. Needless to say I never heard the last of that forecast.
• Truman went 19-9 for a sixth consecutive winning season in claiming a second straight Big Six title, its third in four years and first district championship since 2004-2005.
Truman also defeated rival Chrisman four times. That’s a rare and difficult accomplishment and the first time it has happened in girls basketball since 1991-92 when Lee’s Summit stopped Chrisman four times.
• Grain Valley (20-8) is a repeat Missouri River Valley Conference champion in the revamped West Division.
• Lee’s Summit posted an eighth consecutive non-losing season but had its streak of six consecutive district titles snapped. The 14-12 record is the worst since going 12-12 in 2001-2002.
• Staley finished 18-8 in its first season despite having no seniors. And even more surprising was the fact that the Falcons were a district champion.
• Hickman Mills’ streak of seven consecutive Suburban Small Six titles ended by Platte County, which went on to capture the Class 4 girls state title.
• Raytown (20-5) repeated as Middle Six champion. Coach Jan Handley is 57-19 in three years. But graduation will take most of next year’s team.
On the boys side, William Chrisman’s 19-10 record was the best since an 18-9 mark in 1990-91. Also, the Bears claimed first district championship since 1980 and their Suburban Big Six title is the first since 2000-2001.
• Grain Valley tied for the MRVC West Division crown. The Eagles went 14-12 overall but posted an 8-2 mark in the conference.
• Lee’s Summit West’s 24-4 record was the boys’ finest in school history. The Titans went undefeated in the Middle Six.
• Raytown South posted its 14th consecutive winning season. The 15-12 record, however, is worst since going 12-14 in 1994-95.
• Raytown, at 13-14, suffered its first losing season since an 11-15 mark in 2002-2003.
• Finally, Lee’s Summit Community Christian’s second season as a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association resulted in a banner 24-8 record and a third-place finish in the Class 3 state tournament. Transfers George Barnes and Austin Westlake from the closed Englewood Christian Academy played key roles in the team’s success.