The second half didn’t turn out well for the Grain Valley girls basketball team Thursday.

The Eagles trailed a solid Smithville team only 32-30 at halftime. But over the final two quarters Grain Valley managed only two field goals and scored just nine points while suffering a 60-39 defeat.

“We had a good first half,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “But in the second half they did a good job of guarding us. We didn’t push it like we normally do and didn’t get back on defense.”

Aerreon Parker paced the Eagles with 13 points. Kendyll Bailey added nine and Sarah Turner seven. Paige Imhoff posted 16 points to spark Smithville.

VAN HORN 47, KANSAS CITY EAST 34: Van Horn used balanced scoring to improve to 3-3 in its final game before the holiday break.

The Falcons outscored the Bears 21-13 in the second half for the victory at Interscholastic League Fieldhouse.

“We’re getting better,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said. “We are going the way we want to go.”

Erica Harris had 12 points and Cierra Sua, Malaea Ortiz and Hannah Bishop added nine each for the Falcons.


Lee’s Summit North held a 27-25 halftime lead but stumbled through the third period in dropping a 63-53 decision to St. James Academy of Lenexa, Kan., Wednesday in the Hy-Vee Shootout at Avila University.

The Thunder outscored the Broncos 16-4 in the third and never let them get closer than eight in the fourth.

“We just had a terrible third quarter primarily because we couldn’t run our offense,” North coach Mike Hilbert said after his team fell to 2-5. “We kept turning it over to them, and they had a bunch of layups. They stretched it to double digits, and we couldn’t get any closer.”

Anthony Lupardus netted 15 points and Caleb Berry 13 to lead the Broncos. Dylan McKee poured in 24 points to pace St. James.

KEARNEY 77, TRUMAN 68: A late really wasn’t enough for the Truman boys basketball team Wednesday night.

The visiting Patriots outscored Kearney 25-17 in the fourth quarter but lost 77-68 to fall to 1-5 overall.

The Patriots had four players score in double figures. Reid Titus led the way with 14 points, and DeAndre Young, DeWayne Thornton and Mike Hernandez added 11 each.