Area basketball roundup: Bishop Seabury boys claim win in season opener
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The only No. 1 team in the area started the 2019-20 campaign off with a win.
Bishop Seabury’s boys basketball team pushed past St. Marys for a 68-62 road win Friday night. Joao Carlos Ramirez started off his sophomore campaign with 28 points to lead the way for the Seahawks. Stavian Jones poured in 17 points in the win.
Yet the Seahawks struggled to get in a flow offensively against a 1-2-2 press early on. Cobe Green, who missed most of last year, hit multiple 3-pointers to stretch Bishop Seabury’s lead out to 15 at one point in the third quarter.
BSA then dealt with foul trouble and ultimately had to make enough plays down the stretch to preserve the narrow victory. Jones recorded a key steal and layup, while Ramirez connected on multiple triples to help the Seahawks hold on.
Bishop Seabury (1-0, No. 1 in Class 2A) will travel to Christ Prep on Dec. 20.
On the girls side, Bishop Seabury earned a 26-23 road victory over Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in its season opener Thursday night.
Reagan Thayer led the scoring effort with 13 points, while Oona Nelson finished with 6 points. Both Anna Johnson and Sofia Gonzalez had strong performances on the defensive end for Bishop Seabury.
BSA (1-0) will host Lee’s Summit Community Christian at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Baldwin girls push past Paola
Fresh off a third-place finish in Class 4A, the Baldwin girls basketball team picked up right where it left off with a win in the season opener.
Despite having to replace a ton of key players from last year’s team, BHS secured a 48-41 road win over Paola on Friday night. Riley Smith led the team with 18 points, including 7 in the opening period. Anna Burnett added 11 points to join her in double figures.
Baldwin (1-0, No. 4 in Class 4A) will travel to Anderson County at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
On the boys side, Baldwin recorded a 50-48 win over Paola in the nightcap. The Bulldogs have now matched their win total from a season ago after going 1-20 in their 2018-19 campaign.
The Baldwin boys (1-0) will travel to Anderson County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Eudora girls earn season-opening win
The Eudora girls basketball team took care of business with a 53-39 win over Basehor-Linwood during its season opener Thursday night at EHS.
Eudora, which is ranked No. 8 in Class 4A girls, jumped out to a 17-8 lead and never looked back. Harper Schreiner led all scorers with 20 points, drilling four triples in the process. Reagan Hiebert finished with 15 points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers as well. Riley Hiebert tallied 9 points.
On the boys side, Eudora was on the wrong end of a 77-46 affair against Paola. The Cardinals, who are ranked No. 8 in Class 4A boys, are 0-1 to start the season for the second year in a row.
Eudora boys will compete in its home tournament next week. The EHS girls will be back in action Dec. 19 with a home tilt against Tonganoxie.
THS boys top Louisburg
Tonganoxie’s boys basketball team improved to 1-0 with a 56-47 home win over Louisburg on Friday night.
THS had to erase an early deficit after falling into a 15-12 hole in the first quarter. The Chieftains scored 18 points in the second quarter before closing things out with 26 points over the final two periods.
Tonganoxie, which is coming off its first double-digit win season in seven years, will host Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday.
Kaws swept at home
Both Perry-Lecompton basketball teams were tagged with season-opening defeats at home Friday night.
On the girls side, PLHS suffered a 45-30 loss to Royal Valley after giving up 20 points in the second period. Jenna Keller led the team with 7 points, while Katy Hurd had 6 points. Blaise Ball and Chloe Daniels each had 4 points.
Junior guard Parker Stone exploded for a game-high 24 points, but the Perry-Lecompton boys were handed a 55-46 loss. Stone connected on three triples, though no other PLHS player scored more than 6 points on the night. Royal Valley closed things out with 25 points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
Both PLHS basketball teams will travel to Tonganoxie on Tuesday.