Lee’s Summit has tasted the bitter flavor of frustration the last two years. Two trips to the Class 5 Show-Me Showdown and two losses in the semifinals. Now they can relax…for a moment. The Tigers advanced to the finals and will no try to get their third state title in school history after a 58-49 win over Nerinx Hall.

Lee’s Summit raced out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Tigers led the Markers 17-10 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 10 points with a 29-19 advantage at the half. Nerinx Hall, which was in its first Final 4, was able to get within five at 35-30 in the third quarter and they trailed 51-45 with 1:50 to go, but Lee’s Summit was able to hold them off.


Incarnate Word won games this season with defense. They only allowed three teams to score more than 50 points on them all season. On Friday night, in the second Class 5 semifinal, their defense allowed just 41. Unfortunately for them, Kickapoo’s defense was better. The Chiefs topped the Red Knights 41-31. Kickapoo led 7-2 after the first quarter and they took a 13-12 lead into the half.

Kickapoo clamped down in the third quarter, outscoring Incarnate Word 13-4. The two teams both scored 15 apiece in the final quarter. Greta Wiersch led the Chiefs with a game-high 15 points. Rachel Pierson had 14 for the Red Knights. Kickapoo will try to win their second state title in three years on Saturday. They are 29-1 and have won 18 in a row. Incarnate word is 27-5.

Danielle Adams led Lee’s Summit had 18 points and 15 points. Casey Kraft had 14 points for Nerinx Hall, which fell to 22-9. The Tigers advance to the title game with a mark of 26-3.