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Examiner
  • Patriots win big, but starting forward hurt

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  • Truman’s 10th girls basketball victory, a 70-36 decision at St. Teresa’s Friday night, might have been costly.
    Senior forward Kayla Harrell, a three-year starter who has signed to play collegiately at Southwest Baptist scored five points before leaving the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. The extent of her injury wasn’t known.
    The Stars never threatened Class 5 fourth-ranked Truman (10-1). Abby Hix used three 3-pointers to leading Truman with 16 points. Bri Savidge added 12 and Becca Jonas 10.
    “We came out and shot the ball extremely well early in the game,” said Truman coach Steve Cassity. “We hit 6 of 8 threes in the first half.
    GRAIN VALLEY 67, ODESSA 43: The host Eagles outscored Odessa 34-14 in the second half and romped to the win in their Missouri River Valley Conference West opener.
    “In the second half we were awfully good” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We played defense the way we needed to and that usually turns things around.”
    Aerreon Parker, Claire Rose and Kendyl Bailey shared scoring honors with 11 points each as the Eagles notched their third-straight victory to improve to 7-2. Sarah Turner added eight.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 69, COLUMBIA BATTLE 39: Erica Nelson had game to remember.
    She scored what is believed to be a career-high 26 points, hitting six 3-pointers in powering North to the easy road victory.
    The Broncos (7-2) led 36-15 at halftime over a team in its first season.
    “We had four solid quarters of offense,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said.
    BARSTOW 48, VAN HORN 46: Struggles at the free throw line hindered Van Horn in losing its Crossroads Conference opener at home.
    The Falcons made just 5 of 26 free throws, including a miss that would have completed a three-point play and tied the game in the final minute. Barstow made 19 free throws.
    “That’s the game right there,” said Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn, whose team fell to 4-6 overall. “We did everything we possibly could and executed, but we couldn’t connect at the free throw line. We actually had a chance to win but we squandered.”
    Malaea Ortiz netted 14 points, Erica Harris 11 and Sierra Cua nine to lead the Falcons.

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