ST. JOSEPH — The Truman girls basketball team has stamped itself as the favorite for a repeat Suburban Middle Six title.
“I hope it puts us in the driver’s seat,” coach Steve Cassity said of the Patriots' 58-38 road victory over St. Joseph Central Thursday night.
“It was a good win against a real good team,” Cassity said. “We hit eight 3s and 14 of 16 free throws. Those are big numbers. I was happy with the way we shot the ball.”
Abby Hix sank six three-pointers to score 21 points and lead Class 5 fourth-ranked Truman (12-1, 2-0). Becca Jonas had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Sydney Paialii added 12 points.
Truman led St. Joseph Central (9-3) 31-24 at halftime and turned the game into a rout by limiting Central to 14 points in the second half.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 42, OAK PARK 37: Visiting William Chrisman held on for the tight Suburban Middle Seven road victory.
Haley Rodriguez had 12 points and five rebounds and Rachel Losch nine points and five rebounds as the Bears improved to 6-7 and 2-1.
The game was close throughout with the Bears owning an 18-15 halftime advantage. Chrisman limited Oak Park to 37 percent shooting.
FORT OSAGE 56, ST. JOSEPH LAFAYETTE 52: A good start landed the Fort Osage boys basketball team in the Bulldog Classic finals.
The Indians (8-5) led 30-16 at halftime and held off Class 4 fifth-ranked Lafayette for the semifinal victory. Fort Osage meets the host school at 7 p.m. Saturday in the finals.
“It was a great win and we set the tone from the get-go,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We led all the way. They are a very good team. We held them to 2 of 22 on 3s and the second one came at the final buzzer.”
Skylar Thompson’s 21 points led Fort Osage in scoring. Will Penamon had 13 points, Brian Starr eight points and 12 rebounds and Logan Haugmo five points and seven rebounds.
SMITHVILLE 52, GRAIN VALLEY 43: Grain Valley shot itself to a 24-8 lead after the first quarter but netted just 5, 7 and 7 points over the last three quarters in the semifinals of the Pleasant Hill Invitational.
Grain Valley still led 29-28 at halftime but Smithville took a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter. Daniel Mahurin had 15 points, Hunter Ramirez eight and Nick Alvarado seven for the Eagles (8-3), who play host Pleasant Hill at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the third-place game.
“We came out and played great; we had some really good energy the first quarter,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We made five 3s in the first quarter, and then shots quit going in. They got a little momentum and we didn’t respond very well. We’ve got to try and get better before Saturday.”