Only two weeks remain before district play begins in Missouri basketball Classes 5 and 4. Yet very little has been decided in the Suburban Conference girls races.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
With that in mind, let's take a look at what to expect over the stretch run. Records are through Monday's games.
1. Lee's Summit North (17-4, 6-1)
2. Blue Springs (11-12, 5-2)
3. Blue Springs South (15-6, 4-3)
3. Liberty (15-7, 4-3)
5. Lee's Summit (7-14, 2-5)
6. Raymore-Peculiar (5-17, 0-7)
Outlook: A six-game winning streak has given Lee's Summit North the right to control its fate in the league, but if there's one thing to take away from the first half of the Suburban Gold Conference schedule, it's that things can change in a hurry. Blue Springs South and Liberty have also taken turns atop the standings only to fall back. And don't look now, but Blue Springs sits only one game back. The Wildcats were tossed aside after a rough start, but they can pull even in first place when they play host to Lee's Summit North on Thursday.
1. Truman (19-1, 6-0)
2. St. Joseph Central (13-6, 4-2)
3. Lee's Summit West (13-8, 4-3)
4. Park Hill (10-12, 3-4)
5. Park Hill South (11-11, 2-5)
6. Ruskin (4-18, 1-6)
Outlook: Since their Dec. 20 loss to Olathe South, the Truman Patriots are on a roll. They have won 12 straight games, all by double-digit margins. Seniors Becca Jonas and Abby Hix give the Patriots as formidable of a duo as any other team in Kansas City, and a young supporting cast has found its groove. Lee's Summit West and St. Joseph Central are much-improved from a year ago — and both could make noise in district play — but neither will prevent Truman from repeating as the conference champion.
1. Staley (12-9, 8-2)
2. North Kansas City (15-7, 7-2)
3. Fort Osage (13-8, 6-3)
3. Raytown (11-9, 6-3)
5. William Chrisman (9-12, 4-5)
6. Oak Park (10-11, 1-9)
6. Belton (5-17, 1-9)
Outlook: It's been a turnstile atop the Suburban White Conference over the last three weeks, and four teams remain in the mix for the league title. It seems inevitable that the battle will come down to the regular season finales Feb. 27. Staley guard Monique Townson is the top scoring weapon in the conference with better than 20 points per game. Townson and the Falcons play host to North Kansas City on Thursday in a game that may end up determining the conference champion. North Kansas City is led by senior Aries Washington, who has signed to play at UMKC next season.
1. Kearney (20-2, 7-0)
2. Grandview (18-2, 5-1)
3. Winnetonka (5-14, 3-3)
4. Liberty North (7-15, 3-4)
5. Raytown South (4-17, 1-6)
5. Platte County (2-20, 1-6)
Outlook: Kearney has a one and one-half-game lead in the standings, but with a 17-point victory at Grandview last week, that lead is more commanding than it might appear. The Bulldogs lost their first two games of the season to Blue Springs South (Feb. 6) and Liberty (Feb. 12) earlier this month when their defense uncharacteristically showed some leaks. Those two losses are the only games in which Kearney has allowed an opponent to top 50 points. Grandview gets one last shot at the Bulldogs Feb. 27, the regular season finale.