The Star’s Sam McDowell previews the Missouri boys and girls high school basketball tournaments. St. Pius X qualified for the Class 3 girls Final Four for the first time since 2000. Barstow is looking to defend its Class 3 boys championship.
Holding a two-point lead early in the second quarter, Lee’s Summit scored the next 15 points. The cushion the Tigers built was enough for them to beat Park Hill 73-50 Wednesday evening in the Patterson Division championship game of the William Jewell Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament at the Mabee Center.
Kearney came out Tuesday evening on fire and grabbed a 20-9 lead early in the second quarter in its game against Park Hill in the the William Jewell Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Park Hill coach Chad Jones called a timeout and told his players he was unhappy with their effort. Park Hill turned things around to claim a 64-48 victory.
Lee’s Summit West sophomore guard Mario Goodrich was a ball of energy against St. Joseph Central on Tuesday evening. But when the moment called for calm in a tied game with 15 seconds left, Goodrich coolly stepped up and drained two free throws. The clutch free throws helped the Titans pull out a 59-56 victory at the William Jewell Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament.
Raytown South has suspended boys basketball coach Brad Oestreich for the 2015-16 basketball season and transferred his teaching employment to Raytown Central Middle School — a punishment that stems from the actions of one of his former assistants.