Hickman boys basketball won its second game of the season, defeating Blue Springs 68-39 on Tuesday in Columbia.

Josiah Griffith hit five 3s and led the Kewpies in scoring with 17 points.

Hickman (2-0) next faces Hazelwood Central in the quarterfinals of the Troy Buchanan Invitational at 7 p.m. Monday in Troy.

Battle boys basketball defeated by Blue Springs South

Battle boys basketball lost its second game in as many days, falling to Blue Springs South 58-47 in Columbia.

Blue Springs South took a 13-10 lead after the first quarter. Battle kept the game close going into halftime down just two. However, a big third quarter from the Jaguars gave the visitors a 45-32 lead heading into the fourth, putting the Spartans in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.

The Spartans (0-2) next face St. Dominic in the quarterfinals of the Troy Buchanan Invitational at 7 p.m. Monday in Troy.

Battle girls basketball falls in season opener

Battle girls basketball fought back in the second quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback in a 52-42 home loss to Nixa.

The Spartans fell behind 15-7 after the first quarter, and the Eagles extended their lead to 22-9 early in the second. Battle closed the gap to 27-22 at halftime, but Nixa opened up an 11-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

Battle (0-1) next faces Maplewood-Richmond Heights at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday in Maplewood.

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