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Examiner
  • Indians avoid Hornets’ sting

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  • Fort Osage maintains a banner girls basketball season.
    Five players scored in double figures as the Indians defeated visiting North Kansas City 63-58 for a Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night and improved to 15-8 overall and 8-3 in the conference.
    Asia Cole had 13 points, Paige Bunn and Allison Stevens 12 each, and Siera Glassford and Raven Bunn 10 each. Cole and Paige Bunn each had 10 rebounds. Stevens came off the bench to score her 12 points.
    “Any time you have five kids in double figures is a pretty good night offensively,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “Stevens not only gave us 12 points but defended their best player, Aries Washington, and did a nice job.”
    BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 53, LEE’S SUMMIT 38: South broke open a four-point game at halftime by outscoring host Lee’s Summit 20-11 in the third quarter, and the Jaguars had four players in double-figure scoring in their Suburban Big Six victory.
    Brooke Neal netted 15 points, Cloe’ Lane 12, Remy Davenport 11 and Jolene Williams 10 for South, which held a 19-15 lead at halftime.
    “We executed our offense better in the third quarter and made good decisions,” South coach Brad Oyler said after his team improved to 17-7 overall, 6-3 in the conference. “It’s good to have at least three in double digits. When you have four that’s hard to stop.”
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 67, BELTON 47: The host Bears kept intact their chances for winning overall and conference seasons with the Suburban Middle Seven home victory.
    The Bears (11-12, 6-5) were never threatened after taking a 14-7 opening-quarter lead. They led 27-18 at halftime and broke open the game with 40 second-half points.
    Makenzie Erikson paced the Bears with 16 points followed by Adreon Bell with 14 and Haley Rodriguez with 10. Rodriguez also had nine rebounds.
    TRUMAN 54, PARK HILL 44: Truman rolls on to an undefeated Suburban Middle Seven season.
    Becca Jonas scored 30 points and grabbed nine rebounds as visiting Truman held off Park Hill to move to 9-0 in the conference and 22-1 overall.
    Bri Savidge added 10 points and Abby Hix nine for Truman, which outscored Park Hill 31-19 in the second half to secure the victory. Park Hill outscored Truman 16-5 in the second quarter for a 25-23 halftime advantage.
    “Park Hill was well-prepared for us,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “We struggled in the second quarter. We didn’t defend well and they hit some shots. We were only 16 of 30 from the free throw line. If we hit more we would have outdistanced them more.”
    Truman celebrates Senior Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night against Park Hill South. Middle school students will get in free if they wear a basketball jersey or team shirt. They can get autographed Truman team posters after the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - LIBERTY 51, BLUE SPRINGS 49: Morgan Fleming scored on an inbounds play as time expired, giving Liberty the road Suburban Big Six victory.
    Bri Tauai had 18 points, Morgan McMahan 10 and Aliyah Lee nine to lead Blue Springs (11-14, 5-4), which trailed 30-23 at halftime.
    “We did a good job of coming back,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We have struggled on inbounds plays. It was a tough loss.”
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 67, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 35: Four players scored in double figures as the Broncos celebrated Senior Night with an easy Suburban Big Six victory.
    Imani Johnson had 18 points, Stevie Anderson 12, Erica Nelson 11 and Aaliyah Johnson 10 to lead the Broncos, who owned a 38-13 halftime lead.
    “We played really well tonight,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said. “It was fun. We ran and had some great passes.”
    The conference champion Broncos improved to 19-4 and 8-1.
    GRAIN VALLEY 57, OAK PARK 33: Freshman guard Claire Rose poured in a season-high 19 points, and the host Eagles led 33-16 at halftime on their way to the Sonic Showdown championship Saturday.
    Kali Carson added eight points, and four other players chipped in at least four as Grain Valley improved to 19-3.
    “We got off to a great start,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We were able to maintain the lead. It was a good win for us. They created some problems for us at the basket, and we did a good job handling it.”
    Boys
    RUSKIN 75, TRUMAN 57: The host Eagles easily avenged Friday’s three-point loss at Truman with Monday’s Suburban Middle Seven victory.
    Deandre Young’s 19 points were tops for Truman (9-14, 3-5). Michael Hernandez added nine and Reid Titus and Keith Fletcher seven each.
    LINCOLN PREP 59, GRAIN VALLEY 56: Lincoln Prep’s Victor Davis hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to force overtime, when the Blue Tigers outscored the Eagles 6-3 to claim the Sonic Showdown championship Saturday.
    Grain Valley (17-6) trailed 24-17 at halftime before rallying in the second half. Daniel Mahurin’s 18 points, Jordan Mahurin’s 16 and Nick Alvarado’s 10 led the Eagles.
    “I was proud of our kids' effort,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “They really played hard.”
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