The Shawnee Mission East team that came within an eyelash of upsetting No. 1 seed McPherson on Thursday in the McPherson Invitational didn't resemble that same unit on Friday.
Blue Valley West’s defense had a lot to do with that.
The Jaguars stifled the Lancers into a 40 percent shooting night to outlast their Kansas City brethren, 53-44.
Blue Valley West advances to play Derby in Saturday’s 3:15 p.m. fifth-place game, while the snakebit Lancers, unfathomably 1-10 on the season though they've played almost everybody close, play the 1:30 p.m. seventh-place game against Wichita North.
The Jaguars overcame serious foul trouble in the first half to lead 23-18. West was whistled for nine fouls in the first quarter alone and 14 for the half, but the Lancers didn’t take full advantage by making only 10 of 15 free throws, 5 of 10 in the second quarter.
The Lancers, who had shot 61 percent in the first half against McPherson, managed a measly 28 percent in the first 16 minutes before warming up to shoot 48 percent in the second half.
Hard-working Trey Lucas, a relentless inside player, scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for West, which fouled only four times in the second half. Nathan Wiles added 10 points.
Jay Guastello, who burned McPherson for 24 points, was limited to a team-high 10, but that was good enough to lead the Lancers.