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Examiner
  • Fort Osage's wish upon a Starr comes true

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  • Brian Starr will always remember this shot.
    The senior guard hit a running 35-footer as time expired, giving the Indians a 67-64 Suburban Middle Seven victory at Belton Tuesday night.
    Belton’s Lewis Wilkens hit two free throws with four seconds remaining to tie the score 64-64.
    “I didn’t call time out,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said after his team improved to 4-1. “Starr dribbled past me and the shot the ball.”
    “It was good way to start conference with a road win,” Wilson said. “Belton is much improved. It was a dogfight. But we have to be more consistent. We have good runs and bad runs. Josh Alt and Will Penamon hit some big shots to keep us within two (34-32) at halftime.”
    Starr and Skylar Thompson guided the Indians with 18 points each.
    Fort Osage outscored the Pirates 20-12 in the fourth quarter. Thompson’s basket tied the game at 62-62 and Starr followed with two free throws, setting up the thrilling finish.
    LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 77, BLUE SPRINGS 41: The visiting Wildcats had problems all night finding a good shot against Lee’s Summit West’s defensive vise grip, falling to 2-2 with a non-league loss.
    “We didn’t do a very good job (against the pressure),” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones. “We got to the free throw line early, but we only made 8 of 14 free throws in the second quarter.”
    Darius Vaughn netted 11 points, Kirk Finley nine and Taysean Goodwin eight for the Wildcats, who made just nine field goals. At the foul line, they made 21 of 31.
    “Those were best looks we had all night,” Jones said.
    Monte Harrison and Jarred Dixon scored 17 points each to lead unbeaten West (4-0), while Gary Davis added 15 and Dale Brown 11. The Titans led 21-13 after the first quarter, 44-24 at halftime and 72-31 after the third quarter.
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