Sometimes, you lose the game.
Sometimes, you lose a tooth.
Lee’s Summit North forward Jaden Montana Powell is glad it was the latter this time. The hole in her smile, where her front tooth was shattered, will be a temporary reminder of a physical 49-44 win over North Kansas City in a Missouri Class 5 quarterfinal game on Saturday at the Independence Events Center.
“I’m going to get it fixed immediately,” Powell said, still smiling while holding a wet towel against her mouth. “I would have traded my tooth for this win, and I think that’s exactly what happened.”
With 46 seconds left, Powell was pushed trying to catch an inbound pass and crashed to the floor. Blood rushed from her mouth. Her tooth laid several feet away.
That’s just how this game rolled.
“What a battle,” Lee’s Summit North coach Tricia Lillygren said. “It was physical and emotional. Both teams were doing everything they could to keep their season going.”
Lee’s Summit North jumped out with a 23-6 second-quarter run, and took a 27-16 lead at halftime. But North Kansas City’s Aries Maelynn Washington ensured her team wouldn’t go down easily, scoring 10 points in the second half, which gave the Hornets a 34-33 lead with a minute to go in the third quarter.
“She’s a phenomenal shooter,” Lillygren said. “She can stop and pop instantly, and she wasn’t missing.”
Imani Symone Johnson — who led Lee’s Summit North with 20 points — nailed three-of-four free throws in the final minute to give the Broncos the lead for good.
“It was pretty intense,” Johnson said. “The whole fourth quarter we had to keep our heads together. I’m just glad we won.”Lee’s Summit West boys 74, Lee’s Summit 55
People expect a lot from Lee’s Summit West senior forward Monte Harrison. Some, unfortunately, can’t wait for him to make a mistake.
So when he overthrew a pass in the first quarter of the Missouri Class 5 quarterfinal game against cross-town rival Lee’s Summit, opposing fans showered him with a ravenous “OVERRATED” chant.
Of course, that was the only time they got to use it.
Harrison did little else wrong, leading Lee’s Summit West to a 74-55 victory and a berth in the state tournament.
“It doesn’t affect me,” Harrison said. “They’re in the stands, and they don’t want to be on the court with me.”
For good reason. Harrison led the Titans with 19 points, six of which came on crowd-pleasing dunks.
“We’ve had some kids with big expectations,” said Lee’s Summit West coach Michael Schieber. “But nothing like him. He’s the best I’ve seen and been around.”
Harrison had to help keep his team focused at halftime, when the Titans trailed 32-30.
“We got this,” Harrison told his teammates. “We just need one run.”
They got it.
Lee’s Summit West went on a 15-4 run in the third quarter and never surrendered the lead again.
“We went from being up four to down five in the blink of an eye,” said Lee’s Summit coach Blake Little. “We like to be a driving team that shoots, and we got away from that in the second half. Credit to them, they played a great game.”