Fort Osage’s boys basketball team couldn’t get string the scores and stops together enough at the William Jewell Holiday Classic.
The third-seeded Indians fell to 4-3 with a 59-53 loss to Raymore-Peculiar in a first-round Patterson Division game, and now must turn around and play St. Joseph Central at 10:30 a.m. today in the consolation bracket.
Ray-Pec led 17-15 after the first quarter, 30-27 at halftime and 39-33 entering the fourth quarter.
“We’re going through a little stretch where, when we get defensive stops we can’t get points, and when we get points we’re not getting stops,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “They pushed (the lead) to 10, and we got it down to four. They turned it over more, but we just couldn’t convert. We couldn’t get over that hump.”
Skylar Thompson’s 17 points and Logan Haugmo’s 14 led Fort Osage, while Mario Holman had 14 and Nick Janssen 11 for Ray-Pec.
BLUE SPRINGS 44, FORT ZUMWALT WEST 37: A good first half couldn’t offset a poor second half. Consequently, the Blue Springs girls basketball team will finish no better than 11th place in the 16-team St. Louis Visitation Tournament.
Fort Zumwalt West outscored the Wildcats 30-14 in the second half for a 44-37 consolation bracket victory Thursday. Blue Springs meets the host school at 12:30 p.m. today in the 11th-place game.
Aliyah Lee’s 12 points led the Wildcats (3-6) in their second tournament loss in three games. Bri Tauai and Haley Lysinger each added six.
“We came out and played a good first half, ” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We were ahead by nine. They came out with more intensity in the second half, and we weren’t able to match it.
“They had only five field goals in each half, but hit 22 free throws. At one time they were 16 of 18. It was the same old problem of not playing with intensity for 32 minutes.”
AFRICAN CENTERED COLLEGE 32, VAN HORN 25: Subpar 9-of-20 free throw shooting cost Van Horn in a first-round game in the Penn Valley Tournament at the Interscholastic League Fieldhouse Thursday.
Malaea Ortiz’s 11 led the Falcons (3-4), and Erikka Harris added seven. Van Horn led 7-6 after a low-scoring first half.
“We didn’t have Hanna Bishop, and she is our leader on the floor,” said Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn. “We had 19 turnovers.”
Bishop is recovering from a concussion suffered in the Northeast game last week and will not play in the tournament.
Van Horn meets Northeast 11:30 a.m. today in the consolation bracket.