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Examiner
  • Eagles cap unbeaten MRVC West crown

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  • The Grain Valley girls basketball team has completed an undefeated conference season and won 20 games for the first time since 2008-09.
    The Eagles pulled away from a determined Oak Grove team for a 54-40 road victory Tuesday night to finish 10-0 in the Missouri River Valley Conference West and conclude the regular season at 20-3.
    Sarah Turner scored 13 points, Kendyll Bailey added 10 and Darby Scharfenkamp had eight to lead the balanced attack for the Eagles, who led 29-22 at halftime.
    “Oak Grove played well,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We hit only 2 of 16 on 3s in the first half, and a lot of that had to do with Oak Grove.
    “But we got what we needed. Going undefeated in the conference is a big deal, and winning 20 games is a big deal.”
    Dani O’Neill scored nine points to pace Oak Grove (5-18, 2-8). Sophie Hildenbrand, Jordyn Anspach and Devonn Ritchie each added six points for the Panthers.
    On Saturday, Grain Valley routed Oak Park 57-33 in the rescheduled championship of the Grain Valley Sonic Showdown. Freshman guard Claire Rose poured in a season-high 19 points to lead the Eagles.
    Kali Carson added eight points and four other players chipped in at least four for the Eagles, who raced a 33-16 halftime lead.
    “We got off to a great start,” Draper said of Saturday’s win. “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.”
    ODESSA 69, VAN HORN 39: A 41-20 halftime deficit was too much for Van Horn to overcome in a road loss Tuesday night.
    “Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said of the reason for the loss, which dropped his team to 6-15 overall.
    Malaea Ortiz fired in 20 points, Hannah Bishop added 10 and Erica Harris had nine to account for all of Van Horn’s points.

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