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Examiner
  • Eagles sweep Odessa, stay in title contention

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  • The Grain Valley girls and boys basketball teams each survived some anxious moments Friday night at Odessa to remain in contention for Missouri River Valley Conference West titles.
    The girls survived a late threat by Odessa and held on for a 59-48 victory to stay undefeated in the MRVC West at 7-0. The boys team outscored the Bulldogs 28-23 in the final quarter to rally for a 76-74 win to improve to 6-1 in the conference.
    Sarah Turner tallied 17 points to spark the Grain Valley girls (16-3), and Claire Rose added nine and Aerreon Parker seven.
    “We passed the stress test,” girls coach Randy Draper said. “We had to keep ourselves composed.”
    Odessa outscored the Eagle girls 19-10 in the third quarter to trail only 42-37 going into the fourth quarter. But the Eagles outscored Odessa 17-11 in the fourth quarter to preserve their sixth-consecutive victory.
    The Grain Valley boys trailed 31-29 at halftime and 51-48 after three quarters before rallying to improve to 16-4 overall.
    The Eagles sank 23 of 27 free throws, including 12 of 14 in the fourth quarter.
    Daniel Mahurin fired in 19 points and brother Jordan Mahurin added 18 to power the Eagles. Luke Banks went 6 for 6 from the line in the fourth quarter and twin brother Seth Banks scored 12 points for Grain Valley.
    “It was only the sixth varsity game for Luke,” Grain Valley boys coach Andy Herbert said. “I was incredibly proud of our kids. We played kids who hadn’t played many varsity minutes, and they responded in crunch time.”
    Girls
    OZARK 57, BLUE SPRINGS 51: The Blue Springs girls gave Class 5 No. 9-ranked Ozark a battle before falling Friday night on the road.
    “We played very well without some players,” Wildcats coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We were without starting point guard Morgan Hensley, who was out of town. The kids did a nice job hanging in the game. I was very pleased. We are doing good things right now.”
    Aliyah Lee posted 18 points and Brianna Tauai added 12 to lead Blue Springs (10-12).
    Boys
    LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 74, TRUMAN 32: Lee’s Summit West showed Truman why it’s one of the area’s top boys basketball teams.
    The visiting Titans roared to a 50-18 halftime lead and went on to a Suburban Big Six rout Friday.
    Deandre Young scored eight points to pace Truman (7-13, 1-4), and Michael Hernandez added six.
    LEE’S SUMMIT 51, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 42: Visiting Lee’s Summit outscored the Broncos 26-12 during the second and third quarters to secure the Suburban Big Six victory.
    Caleb Berry had 15 points to lead the Broncos, who fell to 8-12 overall and 2-4 in the Big Six.

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