A fired up Blue Springs High School girls basketball team turned in a defensive performance for the ages Friday night.
A fired-up Blue Springs High School girls basketball team turned in a defensive performance for the ages Friday night.
It was enough for the Wildcats to defeat conference rival Lee’s Summit North 49-28 in the Class 5 District 13 championship game Friday at Blue Springs South High School.
Fourth-ranked Blue Springs is now a step closer to advancing the Final Four for the fourth year in a row, but that is not even on the Wildcats’ radar yet.
“One game at a time,” said senior guard Tyonna Snow, who is vying to become the first Blue Springs athlete in any sport to compete in four consecutive Final Fours.
“We took care of business tonight and now we get to play (Kearney) at the (Independence) Events Center.”
The 23-4 Wildcats will meet Kearney, a 49-42 winner over William Chrisman Friday night, at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Class 5 sectional playoff at the Events Center.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of a group of girls,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “They played a great defensive game, a great team game. They got a little inspiration today, and I think they were playing with a purpose.”
The inspiration came from some social network comments from the North side of Lee’s Summit.
“I saw the tweets and I got a little fired up too,” Spigarelli said.
So did his Wildcats.
“A lot of talk on Twitter got us mad, got us ready to play,” said Lizzy Wendell, who scored 11 points. “We all kind of talked among ourselves and said we’re going let our play do our talking.”
Point guard Karyla Middlebrook agreed.
“This is the best win of my life, because we didn’t like what they were saying about us,” said Middlebrook, who scored 10 points. “Everyone contributed – the girls on the bench were cheering for us. We wanted this one so much. This is an amazing feeling to be standing here with my teammates after a win like this.”
Tyra Bickham, who scored 12 points, was quick to add, “This was our best defensive game all year and now we know that we can beat any team if we play defense like this. I love my teammates.”
Snow dominated the game at both ends of the court, with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
“Now is the time of year you want to play your best basketball,” Snow said. “And that’s what we did tonight.”
North sophomore Imani Johnson got into early foul trouble and sat for much of the first half as the 22-4 Broncos scored just 13 points. She finished with a team-high 10 points.
Editor's note: Because the boys championship game started 15 minutes after the girls game, The Examiner was unable to get comments from Lee's Summit North coach Tricia Lillygren.