Barstow beats College Prep, will play for Missouri Class 3 title

When Barstow coach Billy Thomas stepped onto the Hearnes Center floor this week, the former Kansas Jayhawk joked he felt a pain in his stomach. His previous two trips to the old home of the Missouri Tigers didn’t leave pleasant memories — top-five ranked Kansas teams were dealt losses in back-to-back seasons.

Lansing stays perfect but Aquinas makes Lions sweat

The Lansing Lions are still unbeaten, still able to finish a perfect season with a Class 5A championship, but it wasn’t for lack of effort by St. Thomas Aquinas in Wednesday’s quarterfinal game at the Kansas Expocentre. Lansing, 23-0, defeated the Saints 68-57 but needed a sterling second half to overcome a 32-22 halftime deficit.

Lee’s Summit boys top Fort Osage in Class 5 sectional

On the western side of Missouri, the road to the boys Class 5 state tournament in Columbia goes through Lee’s Summit via the Independence Events Center. Lee’s Summit made it possible with its 67-58 victory over Fort Osage on Wednesday evening in the Class 5 sectional. Early in the day, Lee’s Summit West defeated Park Hill.