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GAME FOUR: Basehor-Linwood boys 79, Platte County (Mo.) 60
For five minutes it looked like Platte County would make its semifinal game against Basehor-Linwood interesting.
The Pirates matched the Bobcats shot for shot and trailed just 11-10 with three minutes to go in the first quarter. Then the host school took command with a 9-0 quarter-ending run. Richie O’Donnell scored on a third-try put-back to start the onslaught. Then Jake Hattock buried a 3-pointer. Steals and layups by Ryan O’Donnell and Hattock during the final 25 seconds capped the run and BLHS led 20-10 in its Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational semifinal contest.
The onslaught continued throughout the second quarter, making the rest of the game a mere formality.
Hattock knocked down a free throw and Richie O’Donnell sank back-to-back jumpers before the Pirates scored their first points of the second quarter. Evan Theno poured in three 3-pointers in the quarter and BLHS led by as many as 23 points before taking a 46-30 lead at halftime.
Platte County didn’t go quietly in the second half. It stormed back to within 10 at 60-50 with 1:10 left in the third quarter. The Bobcats regained control and pressed the lead back to 16, but the Pirates once again closed to within 11 at 69-58 with 3:43 to go. At that point the Pirates began to foul, and the Bobcats knocked down their free throws late while rebuilding the lead to a 79-60 final score.
GAME THREE: Holton girls 52, Ottawa 35
Holton’s stiff defensive pressure paid off again Thursday in the semifinals of the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational.
The Wildcats outscored Ottawa 14-3 in the first quarter and cruised to a 52-35 victory.
The Wildcats will face St. Joe (Mo.) Benton at 6 p.m. Saturday in the tournament finals.
GAME TWO: St. James Academy boys 63, Ottawa 61
A very motivated St. James Academy was in full control of the first half of its semifinal matchup with Ottawa on Thursday at the Basehor-Linwood Boys Basketball Invitational.
The Thunder — out to avenge a 62-60 loss to the Cyclones in the season-opener — opened the game on a 13-3 run. Ottawa scored the first basket of the game, but St. James countered with two buckets from Clint McCullough and another by Jim Getto that started the run. Later, Mike Huppe made his first free throw, missed the second and grabbed the rebound. His put-back gave St. James a 9-2 lead. Moments later, Huppe picked off a pass near midcourt and went coast-to-coast for a layup. Ottawa’s Semi Ojeleye ended the Cyclones’ drought with a free throw, but Huppe countered with a pull-up jumper that made it 13-3.
The Thunder led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter, but they quickly regained their double-digit lead. Huppe swished a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter and McCullough knocked down shots on four straight possessions. That helped the Thunder build a 38-25 halftime lead.
Ottawa regrouped at halftime, however, and hit the Thunder with intense defensive pressure throughout the third quarter. After a quick 3-pointer by Huppe, St. James stumbled with three turnovers on its next four possessions. Ottawa used a quarter-opening 11-3 run to draw within 41-36. A baseline jumper by Huppe and a 3-pointer by Jonathan Anaekwe pushed the lead back to double-digits. That’s where the advantage stayed until the Cyclones closed to within 48-39 entering the fourth quarter.
Ottawa used a 3-point play from Corbin Goedert, a 3-pointer by Hasty and a Hasty layup to draw within 48-47 with 6:17 to go in the game. St. James called a timeout, and Huppe buried a trey right out of the break to provide a cushion. Moments later, Jim Getto — the starting quarterback on the Thunder football team — fired a full-court touchdown pass to Huppe for a layup that put SJA ahead 56-47.
Just as the Thunder were regaining control, they turned the ball over three times in a row and led the Cyclones back into the game. The teams traded baskets throughout the next three minutes. Then, a 3-pointer by Ojeleye drew the Cyclones within 60-58 with 1:19 to go.
Free throws by Anaekwe and River Scott helped St. James cling to a 62-58 lead in the closing seconds. A 3-pointer by Hasty with 2-2 seconds left brought the Cyclones within 62-61.
Anaekwe was fouled on the inbounds pass with 0.6 second left. He made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. The buzzer sounded but the clock didn’t start. As a result, Ottawa was given the ball on the baseline. That was enough time for Hasty to heave a 75-foot Hail Mary shot, but it fell short and St. James survived.
Hasty led Ottawa with 15 points and Ojeleye added 13 in the loss.
Huppe scored a game-high 28 points to lead St. James. McCullough scored 12 — all in the first half, and Anaekwe finished with 11.
St. James advances to the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the Basehor-Linwood/Platte County semifinal.
GAME ONE: St. Joe (Mo.) Benton 58, Platte County (Mo.) 48
Karli Sample poured in 27 points and led the St. Joe (Mo.) Benton girls to a 58-48 victory against Platte County (Mo.) on Thursday in the semifinals of the Basehor-Linwood Girls Basketball Invitational.
Sample made four field goals in the first quarter as the Cardinals surged to a 16-4 lead. Platte County chipped away the rest of the way but never seriously threatened the lead.
In addition to being big early, Sample came up huge late. She scored 12 fourth-quarter points, including an 8-for-8 effort at the free throw line in the final quarter.