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BLHS boys advance to championship semifinals
GAME FOUR: Basehor-Linwood boys 65, Holton 48
Basehor-Linwood wasted no time taking command as it attempts to win its third straight Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational.
The Bobcats battled to a 6-6 tie with Holton after two minutes but then went on a 7-0 run during the next two as twins Ryan and Colin Murphy each made a layup and Colin Murphy buried a 3-pointer. Holton called a timeout as it trailed 13-6, but Basehor continued to expand its lead. BLHS led by as many as 10 in the opening quarter and led 18-9 after the first eight minutes.
Basehor continued to dominate in the second quarter. Even though Holton had the size to match the tall Bobcats, BLHS was so in sync offensively that it scored with relative ease. The Murphy twins, Jake Hattock, Mark Vaca, Ryan O’Donnell and Austin Stubbs all scored in the second quarter as BLHS built a 35-20 halftime lead.
Ryan Murphy has 10 points at halftime, Colin Murphy has 9 and Hattock has 6 to pace the Bobcats.
The Bobcats didn’t ease up in the second half. They opened the third quarter on an 11-6 run that included a two-handed jam by Ryan Murphy off of a steal by Vaca. That gave BLHS a 21-point lead. They led by as many as 22 in the second half and cruised to the victory.
Ryan Murphy led BLHS with 20 points, Vaca had 11, Colin Murphy had 9, Jake Hattock had 9, Ryan O’Donnell scored 9, Austin Stubbs had 5 and Evan Theno added 2.
Taylor Smith led Holton with 15 points.
Holton (6-4) will play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Pembroke Hill in the consolation semifinals. Basehor (7-2) advances to play Platte County in the championship semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
GAME THREE: Holton girls 44, St. Teresa’s (Mo.) Academy 24
Holton senior Kadi Suarez had back-to-back steals on the first two plays of the game, setting the tone for a scrappy defensive effort that helped the Wildcats build a 10-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Holton’s defense continued to be a factor during the second quarter as the Wildcats extended their lead to 21-9 at the break. Junior Caroline Gray scored all 9 first-half points for St. Teresa’s. No Holton player had more than 4 points at halftime but seven different Wildcats scored.
Both teams warmed up a bit on offense during the third quarter, but Holton maintained its double-digit lead and carries a 29-18 advantage into the fourth quarter.
Holton finally stepped on the gas again early in the fourth quarter and pushed its lead out to 20-points before coasting to the victory.
Gray led St. Teresa’s with a game-high 16 points. Carlene McManigal led Holton with 8 points and Kylie Miller added 7.
The Wildcats (10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 4A) advance to play at 6 p.m. Thursday in the championship semifinals against Ottawa (8-0, No. 4 in Class 4A). St. Teresa’s will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the consolation semifinals against Basehor-Linwood.
GAME TWO: St. James Academy boys 62, Park Hill (Mo.) 48
St. James Academy lost on a last-second shot to Ottawa in its season-opener in December. On Tuesday the Thunder earned another shot at the Cyclones.
St. James cruised to a 62-48 victory against Park Hill in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational. The Thunder will play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the championship semifinals against Ottawa.
St. James’ big three — Clint McCullough, Mike Huppe and Jonathan Anaekwe — combined for 15 first-quarter points as the Thunder surged to a 19-12 lead.
They pressed their advantage to 32-21 by halftime and held the Trojans at a distance throughout the second half.
Park Hill didn’t have an answer for the 6-foot-6 McCullough’s inside-out skills, nor did they find a way to slow down Huppe’s outside attack. McCullough scored a game-high 19 points and Huppe had 18 — including three 3-pointers.
Anaekwe added 9 for St. James, Jim Getto had 6, River Scott and Frankie Zitnik had 4 apiece and Matt Eckelman added 2.
Chris Nsenki led Park Hill with 18 points and Justin Leathers added 15.
Park Hill plays at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday against Pembroke Hill in the consolation semifinals.
GAME ONE: St. Joe (Mo.) Benton girls 57, Wyandotte 15
St. Joe Benton started fast and never eased up as it cruised past Wyandotte in its first-round game Tuesday at the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational.
Despite a lack of size, Benton was loaded with speed on a roster full of guards. The Cardinals scored frequently in transition and ran away with the game.
Benton advances to play at 3 p.m. Thursday against Platte County in the championship semifinals. Wyandotte plays at 3 p.m. Wednesday against Park Hill in the consolation semifinals.