High School Sports

A primer for the final day of the Missouri high school basketball regular season

Nick Larkin of Lee's Summit High School passes the ball to fellow team mate Drew Lock during the game against Kickapoo High School at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO.
Nick Larkin of Lee's Summit High School passes the ball to fellow team mate Drew Lock during the game against Kickapoo High School at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. Special to the Star

The Kansas City Suburban Conferences wrap up the regular season Friday night with a slate of 10 games. Here's what remains at stake in the four conferences:

SUBURBAN GOLD

Lee's Summit took a one-game lead in the conference Tuesday with its 75-66 victory against Blue Springs South — the Jaguars' second loss in four games after 20 wins to start the season.

As a result, the Tigers can clinch the outright championship with a win Friday against Lee's Summit West. The Tigers, 18-6, have already beaten Lee's Summit West twice, though by single digits each time.

If Lee's Summit stumbles Friday, Blue Springs South, 22-2, can earn a share of the crown by beating Lee's Summit North.

SUBURBAN RED

Park Hill South has locked up the conference championship. It has a two-game lead over Park Hill, a team it swept during the regular season — and could face a third time in the district playoffs.

But there's still plenty at stake Friday.

The Panthers, 20-3, have a nine-game winning streak heading into a clash at Liberty, and they're trying to complete an undefeated conference season.

SUBURBAN WHITE

Raytown has cruised in league play, winning all but one game by double digits to capture the championship. The Bluejays, 17-7, are a perfect 11-0 in the conference and can finish off its league schedule unbeaten with a win Friday at Liberty North.

Easier said than done, of course. Liberty North, 15-9, has lost only twice at home this season and is tied with Staley for second place in the conference standings.

SUBURBAN BLUE

In a story very few predicted, Belton has a one-game lead atop the conference standings heading into the final night. As a reminder: Belton won all of one conference game last season.

That's in the past now. Belton would win the conference title outright if it defeats Grandview tonight. Belton beat Grandview 51-41 on Feb. 10.

Should Belton lose, however, Kearney can pull even atop the standings with a win at Raytown South. Kearney has won four of its last five.

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @SamMcDowell11.

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