Boys basketball roundup: MCA, SJA, SMNW, DHS garner victories
The Maranatha Christian Academy, St. James Academy, Shawnee Mission Northwest and De Soto boys basketball teams all earned wins on Friday.
Maranatha 74, Pleasant Ridge 52
Maranatha pushed its winning streak to eight games after defeating Pleasant Ridge, 74-52.
The Eagles (11-2, No. 10 in 2A) completed the regular season sweep of the Rams (7-8). Maranatha won the first matchup, 82-46, on Jan 12.
The Eagles will try to keep rolling at 8 p.m. Monday at Oskaloosa (1-13).
St. James 62, Mill Valley 50
St. James senior Casey Worley scored a game-high 33 points to lead the Thunder to a 62-50 win over Mill Valley.
Worley sparked the Thunder (4-10) with 13 of their 16 points in the first quarter, and finished strong with 15 in the fourth.
Cooper Kaifes paced the Jaguars (6-8) with 23 points.
The Thunder will play next at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Blue Valley West (5-10). The Jaguars will play host to St. Thomas Aquinas (7-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A full recap of the Mill Valley/St. James game will be posted later this weekend on shawneedispatch.com.
Shawnee Mission Northwest 53, Shawnee Mission South 44
Shawnee Mission Northwest moved back to the .500 mark with a 53-44 win over SM South.
The Cougars (7-7) led 34-32 after three quarters before going on a 6-0 run to begin the fourth. Northwest split the regular season series with South. The Raiders upended the Cougars, 64-41, on Dec. 12.
Next up for Northwest is a home contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Olathe North (9-5).
De Soto 46, Spring Hill 44
De Soto senior Jared Baruth guided the Wildcats to a 46-44 victory over Spring Hill.
Baruth scored 16 points, and made all six of his attempts from the free-throw line in the second half.
The Wildcats (8-7) avenged a 41-35 loss to the Broncos (9-6) from back on Jan. 9 to split the regular season series.
De Soto will play host to Ottawa (8-5) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
SM West 69, SM North 66, OT
Shawnee Mission North fell to SM West, 69-66, in overtime.
The Indians (7-7) trailed, 33-23, at halftime, but cut the deficit to 40-39 going into the fourth. The Vikings (9-5, No. 10 in 6A) ended regulation tied at 58-58.
North will try to bounce back at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a home tilt against Olathe Northwest (11-3, No. 3 in 6A).