The Lee’s Summit girls entered the fourth quarter with a slim, one-point lead and then unleashed a barrage of field goals from all over the court that propelled the Tigers to a 59-47 victory over St. Teresa’s Friday afternoon at Avila at the Hy-Vee Shootout.
The Tigers, who improved to 6-3, led 39-38 when the fourth quarter started. A three-pointer by freshman Claire Lock pushed the lead to four. A minute later, sophomore Paige Elston drove to the basket for a bucket, making it 46-38.
Lee’s Summit didn’t slow down. The Tigers built their lead to 59-40, putting an end to a game that was close through the first three quarters.
“We always stick together as a team, and we don’t get down on each other,” said Lee’s Summit senior Micah Wilson. “We kept looking for each other. We kept trying to score off the fastbreak.
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“Our key was to work the ball around and pass, pass, pass and eventually that open shot would come.”
Lock led Lee’s Summit with 16 points, Elston added 14 and senior Eriyonna Irvin finished with 13.
Sophomore Tess Rellihan led St. Teresa’s with 13 points.
St. Thomas Aquinas 37, Blue Springs 24
St. Thomas Aquinas girls basketball team used a strong second quarter to build a lead and take control in its 37-24 victory over Blue Springs at Avila.
The Saints led only 9-8 after the first quarter but then outscored Blue Springs 10-2 in the second quarter and went into halftime in front 19-10.
Senior center Claire Ferguson led Aquinas with 10 points and seven rebounds. For Blue Springs, senior Aliyah Lee finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
McPherson 60, Lee’s Summit North 33
The McPherson girls scored the first 12 points and led by double digits the entire game in its 60-33 victory over Lee’s Summit North in the Hy-Vee Shootout.
Lee’s Summit North was hurt by a cold start from the field. The only points from the Broncos in the first quarter came on a field goal by Kayla Jackson.
The best quarter for Lee’s Summit North was the third when it scored 14, but the Broncos still trailed 41-21 heading into the fourth quarter.
The star of the game was McPherson freshman guard Taylor Robertson, who scored a game-high 17 points, pulled down six rebounds and had three assists.
The sister combination of sophomore Aaliyah Johnson and freshman Aiyana Johnson combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds for Lee’s Summit North.