A fast start offensively and defensively lifted the Blue Springs girls basketball team into the semifinals of the Visitation Academy Christmas Tournament.

A fast start offensively and defensively lifted the Blue Springs girls basketball team into the semifinals of the Visitation Academy Christmas Tournament.

Lizzy Wendell poured in 19 points as the Class 5 third-ranked Wildcats routed Class 3 No. 4 St. Louis Principia 51-16 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals.
The Wildcats raced to a 22-2 lead after one quarter and turned it into a rout with a 16-5 third quarter.

The Wildcats (7-2), though, were unable to sustain that momentum in the semifinal against Class 5 top-ranked St. Joseph’s Academy Thursday night, losing 60-38 to the Angels to fall into the third-place game against Nerinx Hall or Incarnate Word Academy.

“We got off to a very good start,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said of Wednesday's game. “Principia is a well-coached team and a good 3-point shooting team, so we wanted to start fast offensively and not let them get hot, and we did both.”

CENTER 53, VAN HORN 31: Mistakes cost Van Horn in the first round of the Penn Valley Holiday Tournament at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City Thursday.

Center jumped to a 32-19 halftime lead to drop the Falcons to 3-6 overall.

“Too many turnovers and not executing on the offensive side,” Falcons coach Julie Crowell said. “We are a much better team than we displayed today. I’m looking forward to a better game tomorrow.”

Elizabeth Leroy, Kelsey Edwards and Diana Cruz each scored eight points to lead Van Horn, which meets Afrikan Centered Education Academy in the consolation bracket at noon today.

Cieara Carter poured in 22 points to power the Yellowjackets.