After leading by as many as 33 points, the Lee’s Summit North girls cruised to a 58-27 victory against Shawnee Mission West on Friday in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.
By KATHLEEN GIER
The Kansas City Star
The Broncos jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter and shot 48 percent in the first half while holding the Vikings to an icy 19 percent. Things got even worse for Shawnee Mission West after the break as it shot 14 percent to finish with a 16 percent mark on the day.
Senior guard Imani Johnson went six for eight from the field and five of six from the free throw line to lead the Broncos with 19 points. She also pulled down eight rebounds, which tied her for the team high with senior guard Erica Nelson.
St. Teresa’s 52, McPherson 45 (OT)
St. Teresa’s Ryan Wilkins sent the game to overtime on a clutch three-pointer with 20 seconds remaining in regulation — the Stars’ only field goal in the final 12 minutes of regulation.
She followed that up with a go-ahead three-point play with 1:45 left in overtime, giving St. Teresa’s a lead in wouldn’t relinquish.
Wilkins finished with a game-high 18 points, and Grace Kitts finished with 13. The Stars won despite the offense going stagnant in the second and fourth quarters.
McPherson trailed by as many as eight points before methodically clawing its way back into the game. The Bullpups took the lead on Janae Barnes’ jumper with 2:10 to play, but failed to extend the lead at the free throw line.
Abby Pederson led McPherson with 14 points. Hannah Willems scored nine, and Barnes finished with eight.
Rock Bridge girls 46, Aquinas 24
Columbia Rock Bridge has the size, talent and depth of a college team. It turns out that the Bruins can defend like a college team as well, as they proved in a smothering victory over St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Bruins allowed just 13 points through the first three quarters, including a lengthy scoreless streak that spanned nearly the entirety of the second and third quarters. Aquinas shot just 20 percent from the field in the game.
Sophie Cunningham led a balanced offensive effort with 14 points and eight rebounds.
University of Kansas commit Chayla Cheadle scored 13 points, and Cierra Porter finished with 10.
Aquinas got 10 points from Kelly Sweeney and Claire Ferguson scored eight.
Olathe South girls 55, Truman 40
Olathe South started hot, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. The Falcons didn’t look back and cruised to a comfortable wire-to-wire victory.
Olathe South junior guard and Kansas State commit Kylee Kopatich was more of a distributor than a scorer Friday, dishing out six assists to go with her six points. She also had three steals.
The Falcons’ offense was led by Bailey Rinehart, who had 13 points, and Jordan Morton, who scored 12.
Truman got within eight points of the lead early in the third quarter, but the Patriots got no closer.
Rebecca Jones finished with 13 points, and was the lone Patriot to finish in double digits. Ashley McKinney, Abby Hix and Alexis Hart all scored six points each.
| Todd Engle contributed to this report.