Lenexa Reed Grabill scored 15 points, and Johnny McDermott pitched in 11, but Seabury Academy’s boys basketball team fell to St. James Academy, 63-44, on Monday night.
“It’s not disappointing to end with a loss when you’re playing a team as good as St. James,” Seabury coach Ashley Battles said of Class 1A Seabury’s final regular-season game of the season. “They’re one of the favorites to win the Class 4A state championship. But it is disappointing not to be ready to play out of the gate.”
St. James jumped out to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter.
Seabury (11-6) will face White City on March 1 in the first round of sub-state at home.
The Seahawks will be the No. 4 seed, while White City will take the No. 5 seed.
“There’s no question in my mind if we play together as a team, for each other, that we can win the 1A state championship,” Battles said. “I think our kids understand that. We’re battle-tested.”
St. James Academy 63, Seabury 44
Seabury 8 16 11 9 — 44
St. James 19 14 11 19 — 63
Seabury — Marcus Allen 2, Skyler Malone 3, Josh McDermott 1, Johnny McDermott 11, Khadre Lane 12, Reed Grabill 15.
St. James — Jonathan Anaekwe 25, Conner McCullough 9, Scott 18.
Seabury record: 11-6. Next for Seabury: March 1 vs. White City (first round sub-state).