Schools closed on Monday

The Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Dec. 16, because of the snow.

Schools, school district offices and the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library branches also will be closed, according to a social media post by the district. For more information, see https://www.facebook.com/kckschools/.

The Turner Public Schools also will be closed on Monday because of inclement weather, according to an announcement on social media.

The Piper Public Schools also will be closed on Monday because of inclement weather, according to an announcement on social media.

The Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Public Schools also will have no school on Monday because of inclement weather, according to an announcement on social media.

The Unified Government announced on social media that crews will plow and treat the streets overnight. There is more snow in the forecast on Monday, about 1.5 to 2 inches more is predicted.

All Kansas City Kansas Community College locations will be closed on Monday, Dec. 16, because of the winter weather, according to an announcement on social media.

Ride KC bus service will be delayed on Monday, Dec. 16, according to an announcement. Bus service will begin at 7 a.m. There may be additional changes, such as a limited number of trips on some routes. Paratransit transportation will begin after 7 a.m., and will be in Phase C of the inclement weather plan, with delays of 60 minutes expected. For more information about bus service, see https://ridekc.org/bulletins/dec-weather-status?fbclid=IwAR3pM8F0Uxcp4jBD4X-FLjutDwTYqo29-no6FaR-m1TNED2uxO3dvqhYsIo.

27 lead changes as Southwestern escapes KCKCC, 83-82

Deron McDaniel maneuvered between two Southwestern defenders for a layup that gave KCKCC a 3-point lead in the closing minutes before the Spartans scored late for an 83-82 win Saturday. McDaniel had a team-high 18 points. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)
Harmon freshman DeAngelo Ball slipped inside three Southwestern defenders for two of his 17 points in KCKCC’s last second 83-82 loss Saturday. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Twenty-seven times Kansas City Kansas Community College and Southwestern (Iowa) exchanged leads Saturday.

Unfortunately, it was the Spartans who had the last one, winning 83-82 on Akeem Woods’ reverse layup with 9.5 seconds remaining.

The loss was only the second in the last six games and left the Blue Devils 5-9 heading into the holiday break. They do not resume play until a road encounter at Hutchinson Jan. 8 followed by the KCKCC Classic against On Point Academy and Metropolitan Jan. 10-11.

For spectators, this was a dandy battle in which both teams shot 50 percent or better with relative few turnovers or fouls (21 total) for a fast-paced, up-and-down shootout. KCKCC had 10 turnovers, Southwestern 8.

In the end, a 35-30 edge on the boards was the difference, Southwestern converting 10 offensive rebounds into 14 second chance points to just four for the Blue Devils.

“We didn’t play defense well enough,” KCKCC coach Brandon Burgette said. “We gave up too many layups; not enough back side help.”

Three-point shooting helped KCKCC keep pace in the roller-coaster fray. Six Blue Devils combined to net 11-of-28 treys (39.3 percent); Southwestern was just 7 for 25 for 28 percent. DeAngelo Bell had three 3-pointers, Ezekiel Lopes, Deron McDaniel and Tim Barbieri two each.

McDaniel had 18 points, Ball and Jermaine Yarbough 17 each to lead the way. Lopes added 10 points, Barbieri 8 and Jalen Davis 6. Robert Rhodes led rebounding with a game high 12 and handed out five assists. Calvin Slaughter led in assists with six, Ball had five as KCKCC had 19 assists on 32 field goals.

Southwestern, which pulled away in the second half for an 87-77 win earlier this season, built a 52-44 lead 2½ minutes into the second half but the Blue Devils bounced right back and went ahead 58-57 on a McDaniel 3-pointer and neither team led by more than three-points in a roller-coaster finish.

McDaniel layups twice gave KCKCC 3-point leads in the final 1:40 but the Spartans stayed close on a Woods’ basket and two James Kelley free throws with 54.7 seconds left.

“We wanted to run clock and try to get a last shot and we did get a good shot (by Ball) that just missed,” Burgette said.

After Woods; go-ahead basket with 9.5 left, the Blue Devils got one last attempt but misfired.

“We just traded baskets; we never got consecutive stops when we had the lead,” Burgette said. “You just can’t let a team shoot 50 percent and expect to win.”

The Blue Devils were 32-of-61 for 52.5 percent for the game to 32-of-64 for Spartans, who were almost perfect from the foul line with 12-of-13.

Police notes

Car theft suspect allegedly punches victim

A car theft suspect allegedly punched a victim during an incident at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the 3000 block of Everett Avenue, according to a social media post by the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department.
The victims told police they heard their vehicle start, according to the report. They saw it backing up and stopped the driver.

The suspect then left the vehicle and alleged punched a victim, causing major injuries, the report stated. The victims held the suspect to the ground until police arrived.

Theft reported on North 7th

A victim told officers that the victim set down a wallet with money inside and later walked off around 10:12 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of North 7th, according to a social media post by the police department.

When the victim realized the victim had left the wallet and went back to look for it, it was gone, according to the report. It is believed that an unknown suspect took the wallet.