The St. James Academy boys team needed a spark after losing their previous two games.
On Wednesday night at the 19th annual Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University, the Thunder overcame seven ties and eight lead changes and defeated Lee’s Summit North 63-53. St. James improved to 2-3 with the victory, while Lee’s Summit North dropped to 1-5.
Lee’s Summit North held a 27-25 lead at halftime, but St. James stormed back with a 12-1 run out of the break. The Thunder held the Broncos without a field goal for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second half and took a 41-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
“We knew they were more athletic than us, and we had gone on a little skid losing two in a row,” senior guard Nick Frank said. “We came out, executed, had a nice little set play and scored off of that, which gave us momentum.”
St. James shot 70 percent from the field in the second half and converted 10 of its 16 free-throw attempts while holding off a spirited comeback by Lee’s Summit North, which trailed by as many as 17 points but cut the deficit to eight in the final minutes.
“We talked about moving the ball quicker early in the possession because their defense is really good early, like most teams,” St. James head coach Stan Dohm said. “We were able to space them out a little bit, and we’ve got a lot of shoes on the floor, so they have to extend and we were able to get some lanes open and get to the hole.”
Senior guard Dylan Mckee led the Thunder with 24 points and Frank followed with 15, while junior forward Mitchell Zubradt had seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Anthony Lupardus led Lee’s Summit North with 15 points on seven-for-nine shooting.
Olathe Northwest 41, Lee’s Summit 32
Despite turning the ball over 26 times, the Olathe Northwest girls team hung on and defeated Lee’s Summit in the Shootout’s first game Wednesday.
Olathe Northwest jumped out to a 12-0 lead, shooting four for five from the field and three for four from beyond the arc. Lee’s Summit answered with an 8-0 run and trailed 19-13 at the half, but the Ravens held the Tigers to just five points in the third quarter and continued to build their lead.
Olathe Northwest senior forward Shea Shipman, who is committed to play at Saint Louis University next fall, led the Ravens with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mo Mosier led the Tigers with nine points while senior forward Brandi Fields added six rebounds.
Olathe Northwest 56, Ruskin 44
Olathe Northwest’s boys used a big third quarter to break away from Ruskin.
The score was tied 27-27 at the half, but Olathe Northwest outscored Ruskin 16-2 in the third quarter, including six points from senior guard Easton Koch who finished with 16 on the night to lead the Ravens.
The Ravens shot 63.3 percent from the field and went 16 for 25 from the free throw line while holding the Eagles to just 36 percent from the field and five for 10 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore guard Nate Washington and senior guard Brenan Latimer led the Eagles with 11 points each.
Raytown South 63, Mill Valley 42
The Raytown South boys faced an early six-point deficit, but came back to defeat Mill Valley.
Starting in the second quarter and continuing into the second half, Raytown South used a 19-0 run to extend its lead to 46-22 before Mill Valley scored again. The Cardinals outscored the Jaguars 37-17 in the middle quarters and finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field.
Raytown South had three players in double digits, led by junior forward Tyrone Gibbs who had 15. Sophomore forward Jabril Cox followed with 14 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Bryan Trimble added 11 points.
Senior guard Wyatt Voorhes and sophomore guard Logan Koch led Mill Valley with 11 and 10 points respectively.