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Record-tying 12 blocks help KCKCC women cruise to 89-47 win

Lillie Moore maneuvered between two defenders for two of her 17 points in KCKCC’s 89-47 win over Ottawa junior varsity Monday. Moore also had nine rebounds and five blocks. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Back in action for the first time in four weeks and playing at home for the first five weeks had no real adverse effect on Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s basketball team Monday night.

Never headed, the Lady Blue Devils jumped out to a 9-2 lead and cruised to an 89-47 win over Ottawa University’s junior varsity in a game highlighted by 12 blocked shots, tying the all-time college record that has stood since 1994.

The win boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 14-4 heading into two more non-conference games in the next three days – at Saint Mary junior varsity Tuesday and Penn Valley junior varsity Thursday. Both have 7 p.m. tipoffs.

A trio of freshmen forwards combined for 54 points to lead KCKCC. Kisi Young led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 12 boards for her ninth double-double of the season. Lillie Moore just missed a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds as did Lizzie Stark, who had career highs of 17 points and eight rebounds in her best performance of the season.

Moore led the record-tying block party with five, Young had three and Stark, Alix Wilson, Camryn Swanson and Miya Ford one each.

“I thought Lillie Moore really tried to assert herself and I liked how aggressive she was,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “Kisi Young did what she’s done all year. And I was very pleased with Lizzie Stark’s effort and energy. She gave us a great spark off the bench.”

Down to 10 healthy players, all but starting guard Caitlyn Stewart scored and she led in assists with six while taking just two shots. Ashley Daniels chipped in with nine points, Myra Ford eight and Alix Wilson and Camryn Swanson six each.

KCKCC surged to a 31-16 first quarter lead by hitting 11-of-17 shots for 64.7 percent and then did it again in a 25-7 third quarter. For the game, the Blue Devils were 35-of-69 for 50.7 percent including nine 3-pointers – two each by Wilson, Ford and Swanson and one apiece by Stark, Gena Ojeda and Randi Johnson.

“It felt good to shake off some cob webs after more than a month off,” McKinstry said. “We still look a little rusty but I thought our girls gave good effort for the most part.”


Penn Valley’s late surge holds off KCKCC comeback, 76-63

KCKCC forward Arother (Ro) Ratlift slammed home a dunk shot in first half action in the Blue Devils’ 76-63 loss to Penn Valley Saturday, Ratlift scored nine points and led KCKCC rebounding with nine. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

KCKCC-Penn Valley clashes are never games for the weak and the Scouts’ 76-63 win Saturday was no exception. Penn Valley’s B.J. Saunders got the short end in this collision with KCKCC’s 6-9 Tyson Beringer as Ro Ratlift (34) looked on. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Just when Kansas City Kansas Community College and Penn Valley appeared destined for another down-to-the-wire epic Saturday, the Scouts broke away for a 76-63 win in the Blue Devil Classic.

The win gave Penn Valley a sweep of this year’s two-game series and dropped the Blue Devils to 5-12 heading into a home game with Washburn University junior varsity Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Washburn game is KCKCC’s final non-conference home game while the KCKCC women will play their final non-conference game Monday when they play host to Ottawa junior varsity at 6 p.m.

Trailing by as many as 13 points in the first half and 10 early in the second half, the Blue Devils cut the Penn Valley lead to 50-47 with 10:30 remaining only to have the Scouts score 11 of the next 13 points over the next three minutes for a 61-49 lead and stayed in command the final seven minutes.

Forward Thomas Bell was the biggest thorn in KCKCC’s side, scoring a game high 21 points and dominating the boards with 13 rebounds while Roy Meekie added 18 points and B.J. Saunders four 3-pointers and 15 points.

Solomon Thomas had 16 points, Juwan Davenport 14 and Arother (Ro) Ratlift 9 points and a team-leading nine rebounds for the Blue Devils, who dug themselves a deep early hole with turnovers and cold shooting.

Ten of KCKCC’s 20 turnovers came in the first 12 minutes and after taking an early 7-5 lead, the Blue Devils missed 10 shots in a row over an 8½-minute span to fall behind 18-7. Still the Blue Devils got back to 33-25 at halftime despite shooting just 32.1 percent and get within three points only to have Penn Valley finish the game with a 26-16 run.

The Scouts shot 47.4 percent for the game to .397 for KCKCC, won the rebounding 35-33 and committed seven less turnovers.

Fort Scott finished unbeaten in the Blue Devil Classic, defeating On Point Hoops Academy 92-75 in a battle of 31-point scorers, Tyler Zimm for Fort Scott and Justin Harris for On Point. Zimm’s 31 points included 7-of-11 3-pointers while Harris had four treys.


Watson posts 32 in Braves win

Bonner Springs junior A.J. Watson took an outside jump shot. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

The Bonner Springs boys basketball team held off a fourth quarter rally by Piper to earn a 73-61 victory Friday night on the Bonner Springs home court.

Bonner Springs held a small but consistent lead through the first three quarters, fending off the Pirates with three-pointers from guard A.J. Watson when they threatened to close the gap. The score was 39-34 in Bonner’s favor at halftime.

Bonner led 50-45 at the third quarter break, but six quick points put Piper in front with only 30 seconds off the fourth quarter clock. Coach Dan Streit called a timeout to steady the Braves, who responded by getting a stop on Piper’s next possession.

With the score tied at 53, Watson hit another three-pointer to take the lead back for good. Piper was forced to foul to extend the clock, and Bonner hit 13 of 14 free throws to close out the game.

Watson paced the Braves with 32 points, including 6 three-point baskets. Keyon Thomas added 24, using his speed to get to the rim off the dribble.

Braijion Barnes scored 16 for the Pirates and provided strong interior defense. Doc Covington added 15.

Omar Brantley and Maryam Zlitni were named courtwarming king and queen during a halftime ceremony.

The Braves sit atop the Kaw Valley League with a 5-0 record (8-1 overall). Piper drops to 3-1 in the league (6-3 overall). Both teams head to non-conference tournaments on Tuesday, Bonner at the Baldwin tournament, and Piper at Spring Hill.

Maryam Zlitni smiled as she received the courtwarming queen’s crown from last year’s winner, Paige Krone. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Omar Brantley was named courtwarming king at the halftime ceremony. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs senior Alonzo Hokes (20) took a short range jumper over the defense of Piper junior Trey Bates. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs junior Keyon Thomas (23) drove to the basket against Piper senior Daviance “Doc” Covington (1). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington set up perimeter defense against Keyon Thomas. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Piper junior Braijion Barnes (4) attempted to block a Keyon Thomas layup. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Bonner Springs senior Cole Oakes (3) drove the ball against Piper senior Bryce Yoder (30). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Keyon Thomas laid the ball up around the defense of Piper senior Cooper Beebe (00). (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Doc Covington knocked the ball away from Keyon Thomas to prevent a breakaway. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The packed and rowdy Piper student section loved this fourth quarter Braijion Barnes dunk. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)