Grain Valley topples Eldon to win Marshall Tournament

By The Examiner staff

MARSHALL, Mo. – Grain Valley’s girls basketball team ditched an early 11-point deficit and overtook Eldon for good in the fourth quarter to win the Marshall Tournament and remain unbeaten with a 57-53 win.

“I feel like this game was won and lost about seven times,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We were down 11-0 and then we joined the game, and from there we were up one at the half. We pressed on and off, and the last time we back to it we got a couple quick turnovers and did a better job with the ball.”

Aerreon Parker led Grain Valley (3-0) with 15 points, Sarah Turner and Kendyll Bailey added 11 apiece and Claire Rose and Darby Scharfenkamp chipped in eight each.

The Eagles had to overcome 25 points from 6-foot-2 state champion high jumper Sara Rhine.

“She presented some problems,” Draper said. “It’s a great win. We’ve got a lot of people that can score points, and they’re not afraid to share it.”

VAN HORN 32, EAST 29: Malaea Ortiz netted 15 points and Cierra Sua nine as the Falcons won their first game in a consolation contest at the Summit Christian Academy Tournament.

“We were up by about 10, and they came back in the last six minutes,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said after his team improved to 1-2.

East tied the game but never took the lead, and Sua hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to ice the win.

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN 47, OAK GROVE 43: A late comeback fell short as Oak Grove fell to host St. Paul in Concordia.

Devonn Ritchie scored 16 points and Savannah Taylor contributed nine as the Panthers fell to 1-2 overall. Trailing 39-26 entering the fourth quarter, Oak Grove outscored the Saints 17-7 to close the gap.

“We got it down to three at one point but couldn’t get it over the hump,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. “The first quarter (18-4 in favor of St. Paul) killed us. We need to get it going earlier in games.”