Fort Osage rolls on in the Suburban Middle Seven boys basketball race.
The host Indians overcame a 32-point Oak Park fourth quarter to post a 73-66 victory Tuesday and stretch their winning streak to 10 games.
Skylar Thompson posted 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, Brian Starr added 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals and Will Penamon had 10 points and six steals as Fort Osage remained in the thick of the conference race at 8-1 and improved to 15-5 overall.
“It was a good win,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We were able to play some very good defense in the second half and got our lead to 18 points. Oak Park is a very good team and never backed down.”
BLUE SPRINGS 74, LEE’S SUMMIT 51: It may have been the Wildcats’ most impressive victory of the season.
Five players scored in double figures as visiting Blue Springs scored a surprisingly easy Suburban Big Six victory. Lee’s Summit dropped to 15-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference as Blue Springs (12-9, 3-4) avenged an earlier 86-59 loss to the Tigers.
Darius Vaughn and Kirk Finley scored 14 points each, Kai Miller and Cody Isabel added 12 apiece and freshman Tyree King contributed 10.
“We came out and defended in the first quarter and got ourselves the lead,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said.
Blue Springs led 16-2 after one quarter and 35-17 at halftime.
“Our kids did a good job showing a lot grit and toughness in finishing the game,” Jones said. “Lee’s Summit got to within nine in the third quarter.”
STALEY 62, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 55: Brett Pendergist fired in a season-high 24 points but it wasn’t enough as William Chrisman suffered a tough road Suburban Middle Seven loss.
Alex Ball added 12 points as the Bears fell to 11-10 and 5-4.
Staley made a 32-22 halftime lead stand up for the victory.
PLEASANT HILL 50, GRAIN VALLEY 48: The host Roosters dimmed Grain Valley’s Missouri River Valley Conference West title hopes with the comeback victory.
“We had the ball last but never got off a shot,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said after the Eagles dropped to 16-5 and 6-2. Harrisonville leads the conference at 8-0.
“We didn’t have much energy to start the game,” Herbert added. “It was an uphill battle from there on. We were up by six with five and a half minutes left. We competed and played hard in the second half.”
Jordan Mahurin was the only Eagle in double figures with 13 points.
LIBERTY 72, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 63: Visiting Liberty outscored the Broncos 38-19 in the second half to rally for the Suburban Big Six victory.
Caleb Berry scored a career-high 27 points and Zach Lamb added 22 to guide North (8-13, 2-5).
STALEY 58, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 57: Monique Towson was too much for William Chrisman.
She fired in 34 points as host Staley rallied for the Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night.
Adreon Bell scored 15 points and Rachel Losch added 11 to pace the Bears (9-12, 4-5 Middle Seven).
Staley outscored Chrisman 19-15 in the fourth quarter to earn the victory.