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  • Indians stay alive in Middle Seven

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  • The Fort Osage boys basketball team remains in contention for the Suburban Middle Seven title.
    Skylar Thompson scored 20 points and snared six rebounds; Brian Starr tallied 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals; Will Penamon added 10 points and Brandon Hoeppner nine to pace the host Indians to a 79-69 victory over North Kansas City Tuesday night.
    “It was Senior Night and the seniors set the tone,” said Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson, whose team improved to 16-6 overall and 9-2 in the Middle Seven. “All five seniors scored. We turned it on in the third and fourth quarters and were able to put it away.”
    Fort Osage outscored the Hornets 42-36 in the second half. The Indians entered Tuesday trailing Raytown by one in the conference loss column. The Indians conclude the regular season Friday at Staley.
    LIBERTY 92, BLUE SPRINGS 75: A hot-shooting Liberty team proved too much for the host Wildcats in a Suburban Big Six game.
    “Liberty shot the ball well and we found ourselves down by 19 in the second quarter,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “We got it back to 12.”
    Liberty led 44-32 at halftime and sank nine 3-pointers to drop the Wildcats to 12-11 overall and 3-6 in the Big Six.
    Cody Isabel led the way for the Wildcats with 17 points. Darius Vaughn had 14, Kirk Finley 11 and Tyree King 10.
    TRUMAN 65, PARK HILL 61: Michael Hernandez and Reid Titus were too much for host Park Hill.
    Hernandez scored a career-best 29 points and Titus added 24 to power the Patriots (10-14, 4-5) to the Suburban Middle Six victory.
    Truman led 25-19 at halftime and then held on for the victory.
    The Patriots rebounded from a 75-57 loss at Ruskin Monday night. Deandre Young’s 19 points led Truman. Hernandez added nine and Titus and Keith Fletcher had seven each.
    GRAIN VALLEY 42, OAK GROVE 38: Grain Valley concluded the regular season with a tight Missouri River Valley Conference West victory over host Oak Grove.
    “It was en ugly game,” coach Andy Herbert said after Grain Valley kept alive its hopes of tying for the conference title. “Neither team shot the ball well. Both teams played very hard.”
    Nick Alvarado’s 11 points led Grain Valley (18-6, 8-2), and Cody Ziegler added seven. Austin Blackston had 12 points and Tanner Kanak 11 for Oak Grove.
    If Pleasant Hill defeats Harrisonville Friday night, the Eagles share the Missouri River Valley Conference West title with Harrisonville.
    On Saturday, the Eagles fell 59-56 to Lincoln Prep in the rescheduled championship of the Grain Valley Sonic Showdown. Lincoln Prep’s Victor Davis hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to force overtime, where the Blue Tigers outscored the Eagles 6-3 to claim the win.
    Page 2 of 2 - Grain Valley trailed 24-17 at halftime before rallying in the second half. Daniel Mahurin’s 18 points, Jordan Mahurin’s 16 and Alvarado’s 10 led the Eagles.
    “I was proud of our kids effort,” Herbert said. “They really played hard.”
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 58, BELTON 46: William Chrisman celebrated Senior Night and clinched a second-straight winning season with the Suburban Middle Seven victory.
    Chris Horn’s 18 points and Alex Ball’s 16 guided the Bears (13-10, 7-4), who have one regular season game remaining at conference leader Raytown Friday. Chrisman led 30-23 at halftime.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 56, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 41: The host Broncos kept their hopes of a .500 conference season alive with the victory.
    Caleb Berry scored 20 points, Anthony Lupardus 15 and Jalen Ford eight to spark North (10-13, 4-5 Big Six).

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