In the end, Raytown proved to be too tall an order for Lee’s Summit’s girls.
The Tigers’ season came to an end March 3 in the Class 5 District 13 tournament with a 51-41 loss to host Raytown. Lee’s Summit hung tough with the Bluejays for three quarters, but their size eventually wore them down. They’re just a tough matchup for us with their bigs,” Lee’s Summit coach Jessica Crawford said. “So when their big post started to hit we got a little antsy and rushed some shots in the second half.”
Raytown’s bigs are 5-foot-11 sophomore Philomena Lammers and 5-11 sophomore Ashley Harvey. Lammers led all scorers with 20 points while Harvey chipped in 10.
Lee’s Summit led 13-11 after the first quarter when the Tigers’ Eriyanna Jones scored the last five points of the period and 22-20 at the half.
Harvey missed much of the second quarter after picking up her second foul. But when she rejoined Lammers in the second half, Raytown started to take command.
Lammers scored the first basket of a 12-2 Raytown run that stretched from late in the third quarter into the fourth. She also had a three-point play during the stretch while Harvey added six points.
And suddenly, Lee’s Summit saw a 31-31 tie turn into a 43-33 deficit. The Tigers didn’t help their cause by missing several easy baskets and putting up wild shots.
“We were a lot more intense, had a lot more focus in the first half,” Crawford said. “In the second half it seemed that when we went down, our intensity and our energy fell as well.”
Jones, who was making her second start of the season, led the Tigers with 19 points. But she was the only Tiger to reach double figures as their season came to a close with an 8-17 record.
Raytown, 14-10, which also got 14 points from point guard Kyessence Collins, advanced to play Lee’s Summit North on March 4. The Tigers, meanwhile, were left to think about next season.
We had a lot of freshmen play JV and two freshmen suit up for varsity,” Crawford said. “We’re young and I’m hoping with a lot of work this summer we’ll find a way to work well together.”