The Raytown girls basketball team was hit by a Snow storm Thursday night.

The Raytown girls basketball team was hit by a Snow storm Thursday night.

Blue Springs senior Tyonna Snow scored 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished four assists and blocked two shots to lead the No. 1-seeded Wildcats to a 62-42 Class 5 District 13 semifinal victory over the Blue Jays at Blue Springs South High School.

The win sets up an anticipated rematch between the fourth-ranked (22-4) Wildcats and ninth-ranked Lee’s Summit North (22-3), a team that was 1-2 against Blue Springs this season.

The title game will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Blue Springs South High School.

“I thought we really picked up our defensive intensity in the second half and that played a big role in the win,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said.

“Tyonna was just unstoppable tonight, but to me, the most important player out on the court was Karyla Middlebrook. She’s our point guard and she was just about perfect in running the offense tonight.”

Snow scored 14 first-half points to give the Wildcats a slim 28-25 lead at the half. That’s when Spigarelli addressed his team’s lack of defensive intensity.

“Raytown has some great players and they played great in the first half,” he said, “but we really picked up the defensive intensity in the second half and it showed on the scoreboard.

The 18-8 Blue Jays scored just 17 points in the second half while the Wildcats scored 34.

“Tyonna just took the game over on both ends of the court,” said Middlebrook, who finished with 13 points. “Coach talked about defense at halftime and we came out and played much better.

“And we have so many people who can score points, it’s so much fun being the point guard on this team. Whoever is open is going to get the ball.”

While the district title game is important to every member of the Wildcats, it has special meaning for Snow, who is attempting to become the first athlete at Blue Springs High School to play in four consecutive Final Fours.

“I’ve been to the Final Four three years and have three second-place finishes,” Snow said. “I want to go this year and win it all, but I can’t even think about that with Lee’s Summit North coming up.

“They got us this year, and we got a couple of wins against them. It’s going to be a battle. I think the team that plays the best defense and makes the fewest mistakes will win the game.”

Lizzy Wendell scored 13 points for the Wildcats. Timeka O’Neal led the Blue Jays with 14 while Kelsey Barrett added 12 and Jasmine Kelly scored 11.