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Staley Takes KA-MO Title

By 810 Varsity, 01/20/24, 9:30PM CST


Falcons top Blue Valley North in Top 5 matchup

Staley sophomore Ava Miles drives against Blue Valley North in the KA-MO tournament final. (Photo: Darryl Woods, 810 Varsity)

In a showdown of two of the Metro's top girls basketball teams, Staley nabbed a big win - and tourney trophy too.

The Falcons, ranked No. 4 in the 810 Varsity Top 25 and in Missouri Class 6, topped Blue Valley North in the title game of the KA-MO tourament, 58-46, on Friday night at BV North. The previously undefeated Mustangs entered as the No. 1 team in the 810 Varsity and Kansas Class 6A rankings.

"They did a great job of sharing the basketball - they made the right pass and the right read," stated head coach Mike Bennett. "It took the whole team to get this done."

Sophomore Ava Miles scored 16 points en route to being named tourney Most Valuable Player.

"It's great, but its a team effort. All of us did amazing," Miles said.

Sophomore Londy Parker also netted 16 for the Falcons (15-1).  

Staley played from out in front from the outset, building a 29-22 halftime lead. Despite junior Jaliya Davis scoring a game-high 25 points for Blue Valley North, the Falcons kept increasing its lead behind nine three-pointers - five trifecta by senior Ava Pickens, who scored 15.

"We worked hard in practice and prepared well," Miles added. "This gives us a great idea of what it'll look like in the playoffs."


Other girls championship games

Tonganoxie Invitational: St. James Academy 58, Piper 33

Burlington Invitational: Silver Lake 64, Ottawa 46

Bill Hanson Classic (Pittsburg, KS): Kickapoo 44, Blue Valley Northwest 39

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