Boys hoops roundup: De Soto, Maranatha, SM North, Mill Valley garner double-digit victories
De Soto clinched at least a share of the Frontier League boys basketball title with a 57-40 win over Louisburg on Wednesday.
DHS (11-8) knocked down 11 3-pointers. Levi Hansen hit five shots from long range and poured in a team-high 19 points. Jared Baruth drained four 3s and joined Hansen in double figures with 18 points. Brannon Bell made De Soto's other two shots from behind the arc and finished with eight points. Grant Noll added 10 points.
De Soto swept the season series from Louisburg (2-17). DHS also defeated Louisburg, 65-48, on Jan. 12.
De Soto has won five of its last six games, and has the chance to win the Frontier League outright at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Baldwin (7-11). The Wildcats topped the Bulldogs, 71-61, on Jan. 30.
Maranatha's Jackson records triple-double in win over KC Christian
Maranatha Christian Academy pushed its winning streak to 14 games, as Jonathan Jackson notched a triple-double in the Eagles' 73-51 victory over Kansas City Christian.
Jackson scored 30 points, corralled 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists. Jax Holland and Roland Hou chipped in 19 and 12 points, respectively.
Maranatha (17-2, No. 5 in Class 2A) also found out its first-round sub-state matchup on Wednesday. The second-seeded Eagles will play host to Oswego (3-15) at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play either Yates Center (16-3) or Pleasanton (6-12) on March 2 at Pittsburg-St. Mary's Colgan. Colgan (17-2, No. 4 in 2A) is the top seed and will play Heritage Christian (3-15) in the first round. The winner of Colgan and Heritage will take on KC Christian (8-11) or Uniontown (7-12) in the semifinals. The sub-state title game will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 3.
The Eagles will conclude their regular season at Friday at Waverly (5-13).
SMN gets back on track with win over Leavenworth
Shawnee Mission North snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-49 win over Leavenworth.
The Indians led, 30-26, at halftime before pushing its lead to 12 by the end of the third quarter.
North (9-10) will try to finish the regular season at .500 in its road tilt against Olathe East (10-9) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Mill Valley keeps rolling, triumphs over BVSW
Mill Valley won for the sixth time in its last nine games after defeating Blue Valley Southwest, 64-50, in a game that had to be played at BV North.
The Jaguars (9-10) won two of their three regular season matchups against the Timberwolves (5-15). Southwest edged Mill Valley, 56-53, in third-place game of the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic on Dec. 9 at De Soto. The Jaguars coasted past the Timberwolves, 67-41, on Jan. 30 at Mill Valley.
Mill Valley will go for its 10th win at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Blue Valley (9-10) at MV.
St. James falls to Blue Valley
Blue Valley is also coming off of a win on Wednesday after upending St. James, 46-40.
Jack Moellers led St. James with 15 points. After St. James was outscored, 11-0, in the second quarter, Moellers hit back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the second half and pull the Thunder within one. Jake Dunsmore followed with a bucket to give St. James a 21-20 edge, but it ended up being the Thunder's only lead of the second half.
The Thunder (5-14) had a chance to tie it after a deep 3-pointer from Moellers made it a one-possession game at 43-40 with 47.9 left, but St. James couldn't get any closer.
St. James will close the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at BV Northwest (14-4, No. 1 in 6A).
Slow start dooms SMNW in loss to Free State
Shawnee Mission Northwest played with a different sense of energy in the second half, but the Cougars' couldn't make up for a sluggish first two quarters in a 68-55 loss to Free State.
George Specht scored all of his 16 points in the second half to pace the Cougars (8-11). Garrett Luinstra and Jalan Robinson led Free State (15-4, No. 2 in 6A) with 22 and 17 points, respectively. A full recap of the matchup between the Cougars and Firebirds will be posted later on shawneedispatch.com.
The Cougars will try to snap a three-game losing streak at 7 p.m. Friday at Gardner Edgerton (7-12).