Apparently Raytown wasn’t too keen on ever giving up the lead. Nor on letting the game go to overtime.
By CHARLIE REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Jailen Gill’s short shot near the basket with 2.3 seconds left lifted Raytown to a 53-51 victory over Shawnee Mission West in the Hy-Vee Shootout on Saturday at Avila University.
Gill, a 6-foot-7 junior, led the Blue Jays with 22 points and eight rebounds.
The game was tied at 51-51 when the SM West Vikings had a chance for their first lead, but Jesse Wilkins missed two free throws with 15 seconds remaining.
Missed free throws cost the Vikings all game long. The Vikings were just 11 of 24 at the free-throw line. They also didn’t make a three-pointer in 10 attempts.
Raytown led 34-24 at halftime. But the Vikings got within two at 42-40 going into the fourth quarter.
SM West was paced by junior Louis Rollins with 12 points and, Wilkins added 10.
Blue Valley West 56
Kellen Turner scored a game-high 28 points in leading Liberty to the victory over Blue Valley West.
The Liberty Bluejays led just 29-28 at halftime but took advantage of nine Jaguar turnovers in the third quarter. That helped Liberty build a 42-37 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Turner, a 6-foot senior guard, was 13 of 24 from the field. Guard Brandyn Newland added 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Blue Jays.
Junior Blaise Gammon led the Jaguars with 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
• Liberty senior guard Kellen Turner was the male recipient of the $1,000 Hy-Vee Shootout Scholarship, which is based on academics, sportsmanship, athletics and making a positive contribution to the school and community.
SM East 52,
Nixa (Mo.) 44
Shawnee Mission East only trailed early in the first quarter, but Nixa (Mo.) made it interesting in the fourth before falling to the Lancers 52-44.
A three-pointer by junior Jacob Ruder cut the lead to 48-44 with 3:04 left, and the Eagles had the ball twice down four but were unable to score.
The Lancers put the game away with two layups against the Nixa press by junior Gunnar Englund and sophomore Joey Wentz in the last 34 seconds.
Wentz’s layup gave him a career-high 25 points. He was 10 of 14 from the field, including three of four on three-pointers. He also had a game-high 10 rebounds.
“This was a great win for us,” SM East coach Shawn Hair said. “We knew they would be good, and we knew they would make a run at us.”
Five games canceled
The four games scheduled for the night session and the Blue Valley North-Columbia Rock Bridge game were canceled because of the wintry weather.