Blue Springs South girls basketball coach Fawna Harrison insisted Tuesday’s season opening game at Lee’s Summit West would’ve been an enjoyable affair regardless of the outcome.

Blue Springs South girls basketball coach Fawna Harrison insisted Tuesday’s season opening game at Lee’s Summit West would’ve been an enjoyable affair regardless of the outcome.

Undoubtedly, it had to be a little more enjoyable after freshman Cloe Lane put up 20 points and 16 rebounds in her high school debut in the Jaguars’ 37-34 victory over the Titans.

“That’s one of those games, whichever way it goes, it’s fun basketball,” Harrison said. “The kids are into it, the fans are into it, that’s what basketball’s all about. We made some mistakes toward the end, but it was fun.”

A potentially fatal miscue came after Lee’s Summit West’s Emiah Bingley got a driving layup to fall with 35 seconds left, pulling the Titans within 35-34.

After a missed shot by Bingley and a missed tip by Kelsey Shanahan following a South turnover, South’s Hunter White grabbed the rebound. She made both free throws with 9.9 seconds left to set the final margin. Jasmine Edwards’ 3-point try to tie it rimmed out at the buzzer.

For the Titans, who started three freshmen and might be without all-conference 6-footer Erin Dohnalek all season due to a knee injury, it capped an 11-of-45 night shooting.

Trailing 31-25 late in the third quarter after a 9-0 run by the Jaguars, Bingley and Edwards sank back-to-back jumpers to give the Titans a 32-21 lead with 5:39 left. But the Titans were able to managed just one basket the rest of the way.

“We just weren’t patient enough at times,” West coach Darin Hall said. “We stood around the 3-point line at times and didn’t get the ball in the paint with the dribble or pass. We didn’t attack the defense enough.

“We started three freshmen, so we knew there’d be some growing pains.”

The Titans owned a slimmest of halftime leads at 23-22 behind Bingley’s 17 points, including a trio of first-quarter 3-pointers. But the Jaguars limited her to just six shots in the second half.

“She got loose from us about three times in the first half and hit some threes,” Harrison said of Bingley. “Our goal was to encourage others to do a lot of shooting. Hunter White did a nice job on her.”

Blue Springs South, which was playing without standout Kariel Hutt, got an impressive debut performance from Lane. The 5-foot-9 freshman also drained a trio of treys in the opening quarter and nearly had a double-double at halftime (14 points, nine rebounds). She also finished with four blocks.

Lane said she never felt any nerves during the tight, back-and-forth game.

“More excited than anything,” she said. “I’m kind of used to it. I’ve been playing for so long, and it’s something that I love.”

Harrison appeared to think Lane is capable of such a game several more times this season.

“She creates shots for herself and takes the ball to the hole,” Harrison said. “She does everything you could want offensively, and she’s so, so coachable.”

Lane hit two foul shots with 5:06 left to give the Jaguars the lead for good at 33-32, and White added a basket down low with 4:23 left. Blue Springs South didn’t score again until White’s free throws, but the Jaguars clamped down enough with defense and rebounding to hold on.

“We did some great things tonight,” Harrison said. “A lot of people stepping up.”