The real attraction in the Patterson Division championship game was the leaping ability of Lee’s Summit West senior forward Monte Harrison.
Lee’s Summit West had no trouble defeating Raymore-Peculiar 74-52 Monday night, so it was easy to focus on Harrison, a three-sport star for the Titans.
Ray-Pec players were simply actors in Harrison’s show, which included a jaw-dropping sequence in the closing seconds of the first quarter.
Harrison jammed a ball through traffic, but a foul was called, which waved off an impressive dunk. On the very next possession, Harrison soared through the air for an alley-oop dunk that gave the Titans a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Harrison finished with 17 points, nbut Lee’s Summit West coach Michael Schieber told his squad after the game that he had a team of MVPs Monday night. Gary Davis led the Titans with 19 points, and Jarred Dixon added 13.
“Coming out with the effort says a lot about these kids,” Schieber said.
“I thought our kids came out really focused and ready to play tonight. That is what junior and senior teams are supposed to do.”Third: Liberty North 52, Winnetonka 44, OT
Liberty North must like close games. After a one-point loss in the semifinals on Saturday, the Eagles bounced back and beat Winnetonka in overtime.
The Eagles outscored Winnetonka 12-4 in overtime.
In reserve roles, senior forward Brinkley Jolly scored a team-high 19-points for Liberty North, and sophomore teammate Michael Hughes added 17. DJ Rivera led Winnetonka with 16 points.Fifth: Blue Springs 51, Fort Osage 50
Blue Springs battled back after scoring just two points in the first quarter and beat Fort Osage.
Senior Darius Vaughn was nearly perfect from the field for Blue Springs, making six of eight shots. He finished with 15 points, and teammate Brian Armstong scored a game-high 17.