Marissa Butrum and Taryn Miller didn’t need their shocking pink headbands to attract attention in the Blue Springs High School gymnasium Tuesday night, where the host Wildcats downed Lee’s Summit 25-19, 25-20.

Marissa Butrum and Taryn Miller didn’t need their shocking pink headbands to attract attention in the Blue Springs High School gymnasium Tuesday night, where the host Wildcats downed Lee’s Summit 25-19, 25-20.

Butrum had a crowd-pleasing block to record the Wildcats’ 24th point in the second game and Miller ended the match with a gym-shaking kill to help Blue Springs improve to 11-7 overall and 5-1 in the Suburban Big Six race.

“You could tell that No. 9 (Ali Patterson, Lee’s Summit’s 6-foot-2 middle hitter) was about to go off and get like six straight kills, so Marissa’s block was huge,” said Blue Springs head coach Katie Grusing, who gave the first-year varsity player a high-five as she left the court. “Then Taryn made sure it didn’t go on any longer with that kill. This was a big win because I didn’t think we played with a lot of intensity, especially in the first game, and then Taryn came out and got that big kill to start the second game.

“And she ended the game with a kill. Night in and night out, you know what to expect from Taryn, and I thought Marissa played a nice game and Holly (Tarvin) and Bri (Starr) played well, too.”

And Grusing said her team needed that effort against the solid Tiger squad.
“That’s a good Lee’s Summit team,” Grusing said. “They have some height on the front row, and it took a nice, team effort to get this win.”

Miller and Tarvin led the Wildcats with seven kills each and Miller added a team-high 14 digs.

“I play with A.P. (Patterson) in the summer, and I know what she is capable of doing,” Miller said when asked about the Tigers’ late charge in the second game. “Marissa’s block was huge. It was the biggest sideout of the match.”

The Wildcats held a 20-11 lead when the Tigers started a second-game comeback. Coach Roy Martin’s 5-8 and 1-5 squad used a 9-4 run to make it interesting.

“Too little, too late,” Martin said. “Against a good team like Blue Springs, you can’t start playing well when you’re down by eight or nine points. It was nice to see the girls make a comeback. I just wish they could have played with more consistency tonight.”

Butrum was the focus off attention after the game as she was congratulated by teammates, fans and parents.

“That was a fun way to end the match,” Butrum said when asked about her and Miller’s play on the final two points. “We have a lot of chemistry, and I think that the way we play shows that we really care about each other.

“It’s so much fun to play with this team, and tonight was a big win.”

Blue Springs won the junior varsity match in three games, 25-11, 21-25, 25-19.