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Examiner
  • Patriot girls wrap up Middle Six crown

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  • It’s all over in the Suburban Middle Six girls basketball race.
    Truman clinched a third-consecutive conference title and the 17th in school history with an easy 62-27 victory Thursday night at Ruskin.
    Abby Hix scored 14 points with four 3-pointers, Bri Savidge added 13 points and Becca Jonas had 12 as Truman notched its 14th consecutive victory to improve to 21-1 and 8-0.
    Truman coasted after it amassed a 24-7 first-quarter lead. The Pats led 40-14 at halftime.
    “It was a nice win,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “We played very well in the first quarter. I was proud of the girls for battling through illness and injuries.”
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 48, LIBERTY 46: The out-of-bounds played worked as designed as visiting Blue Springs South outlasted Liberty for a Suburban Big Six victory Thursday night.
    Liberty to tied the score on two free throws with 20 seconds remaining. South (16-7, 5-3) worked the ball for the final shot but a Liberty player hit the ball out-of-bounds. South inbounded under the basket. The ball went to Cloe Lane and she hit the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds remaining.
    “We did a great job of attacking the basket, and we did a lot a better job on rebounds,” said South coach Brad Oyler. “We executed the out-of-bounds play well. We also won the junior varsity game on a last-second shot.”
    Remy Davenport had 13 points, Lane 12 and Brooke Neal 11 for South.
    GRAIN VALLEY 57, HARRISONVILLE 31: Grain Valley’s ninth consecutive victory and 18th of the season was a big one.
    The home victory over Harrisonville clinched the Missouri River Valley Conference West title for the Eagles (18-3, 9-0). It was the seventh girls conference title in school history.
    “We struggled offensively in the first half,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “Then, we were back to playing the way we play and we exploded in the second half.”
    The Eagles outscored Harrisonville 36-13 in the second half in turning the game into a rout. Sarah Turner and Kendyll Bailey shared Eagle high-scoring honors with 15 points each.
    FORT OSAGE 61, RAYTOWN 58: Fort Osage outscored host Raytown 24-15 in the fourth quarter to rally for the Suburban Middle Seven victory.
    Raven Bunn scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth to lead Fort Osage to its seventh consecutive victory. Asia Cole had 14 points and 10 rebounds, Paige Bunn 11 points and 11 rebounds and Siera Glassford nine points as Fort Osage improved to 14-8 and 7-3.
    Raytown outscored Fort Osage 22-16 in the third quarter to take a 43-37 lead into the final eight minutes.
    “(Raven) Bunn played the final five minutes with four fouls,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “And her sister Paige played all 32 minutes.”
    Page 2 of 2 - OAK GROVE 47, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 38: Jordyn Anspach had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Easton Harmon chipped in nine points to power the host Panthers to the Missouri River Valley Conference West victory.
    “It was nice to get a win,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. “I was happy with the kids. Anspach played a good game. It was nice to have her back after she dislocated her shoulder.”
    Oak Grove (5-17, 2-6) led 26-12 at halftime.
    Boys
    TRUMAN 55, RUSKIN 52: A strong first half lifted host Truman to the Suburban Middle Six boys basketball victory Thursday night.
    The Patriots (9-12) led 17-12 after one quarter, 36-20 at halftime and 45-31 heading into the fourth before holding off Ruskin.
    Michael Hernandez scored 21 points to lead Truman, followed by Reid Titus’ 19.
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