MIAMI — Will this be the year Bluejacket ends its long NEO Tournament title drought?
The 15th-ranked Lady Chieftains took the first step Thursday when they bashed Chetopa, Kansas, 54-21 in a Girls Blue game.
Bluejacket has won 16 NEO championships since 1970. It last was in 2003.
Thursday’s win was the 11th in 12 starts for BHS, which faces Lucky 7 Conference rival Afton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a semifinal game at the NEO Field House.
“I’ve been really proud of our girls because our approach to each game has been very consistent,” coach Jason Bates said. “They have been focused on playing well each game we take the floor.
“We also are very unselfish. The girls know they are going to share minutes and also someone different may have the most points, but the girls are happy for their teammates.”
The Lady Chieftains led 16-2 after one and carried a 28-7 advantage into the half.
Bluejacket erupted for 24 points in the third quarter.
Sophie Windle scored 18 points for the Lady Chieftains. She was joined in double figures by Tori Anderson, who had 12.
Lydia Pipins tallied eight and Cameran Bluejacket, Sidney Windle and Tiffany Ayres added four each. Deedee Satterwhite chipped in with two points.
Cambri Conard had 11 points for Chetopa.
Bluejacket’s boys also were a winner Thursday, topping Riverton, Kansas, 55-51 in overtime in a Boys Blue game.
Other local double-winners Thursday included Fairland and Welch.
The FHS girls topped Watts 51-39 and the boys squeezed by the Roland JV 60-57.
The Welch boys picked up their second win of the season by topping Cave Springs 63-60.
The Lady Wildcats routed Diamond, Missouri, 52-19.
Other local winners included the Afton, Wyandotte and Commerce girls.
The Welch boys beat Cave Springs 63-60 for their second win of the season.
“We got a lead and held them off,” Welch coach Ryan Gleaves said. “We are happy with the win, but still have to do a better job of taking care of the ball.”
Nolan Schaper had 26 points for Welch (2-11). Braxton Turner added 16 points.
Others scoring for the Cats were Trenton Seigel with eight, Chance Perry and Colton Armstrong with four each, Chase Herd with three and Blake Brannon added two.
Sonny Coiner and Jaden Smith scored 19 and 18, respectively, for Cave Springs.
The Wildcats were up 11-10 after one, but padded the lead to 29-25 at the half.
Welch bumped its lead to 50-38 heading into the final stanza, when Cave Springs held a 22-13 advantage.
Boys Blue: Fairland 61, Roland JV 58
The Owls broke out to a 20-9 lead in the first quarter then held on.
Roland held a 22-13 edge in the second frame and outscored the Owls 14-13 in the third.
Fairland held a 15-13 edge in the final stanza.
The Owls got points from only four players, but all four were in double figures.
Westin Allen had a team-high 19 points, followed by Isaac Matthews with 17, Bryson Cottrell with 15 and Tyler Graham 10.
Girls Norse: Fairland 51, Watts 39
The Lady Owls stretched a 16-7 first-quarter lead into a 28-17 margin at the half.
Watts held an 11-10 advantage in the third frame, but FHS nailed down with a 13-11 run over the final eight minutes.
Vanna Crosby had 21 points for the Lady Owls, who also got 12 from Savannah Hutchison.
Others with points for Fairland were Nikki Dingle, six; Kyndall Davis, five; Breanne Johnson, four; Olivia Carpenter, two, and Cayden Harper, one.
Haley Waldroop scored 12 points for the Lady Engineers.
Girls Blue: Welch 57, Diamond 19
The Lady Wildcats got points from nine players in a game that saw them lead 18-4 after the opening frame.
Welch then outscored Diamond 14-4 and 19-3 in the second half.
Aspen Wood was Welch’s leading scorer with 12 points.
Others scoring for the Lady Cats were Jaeli Jorgenson with nine, Maddi Schaper with eight, Hailey Haskell with seven, Jayci Atwood, Ana Grue, Olivia Pitcher and Jayci Atwood, all with four, and Ashlee Morgan with two.
Maddie Bentz scored eight to lead Diamond.
Girls Norse: Commerce 54, Tulsa Wright Christian 17
The Lady Tigers got 24 of their 54 points in the opening frame.
Commerce was up 38-10 at intermission and stretched that to 50-14 through three.
Reghan Trease headed up a balanced Commerce scoring attack with 15 points.
Morgan Connell added nine, followed by River Friel, Josalynn Barr and Morgan Ballard with seven each, Sunny Crawford with four, Gracie Bundy with three and Olivia Acosta with two.
Kayleigh Onstead had seven for Wright Christian.
Boys Blue: Bluejacket 55, Riverton 51 (ot)
The Chieftains forced the extra period with a 22-13 edge in the fourth quarter then outscored Riverton 9-5 the rest of the way.
Each team scored 10 points in the first period then the Rams held a 13-6 edge in the second quarter and a 10-8 advantage in the third.
Justin Pape was the Chieftains’ leading scorer with 19 points and Ryder Blackfox added 18.
Others scoring for Bluejacket were Coy McGlasson, seven; Kawlan Rogers, five; Cooper Decker, four, and Gabe Satterwhite, two.
Riverton had two players in double figures. Bayley Lansford had 14 points and Matt Teel contributed 12.