The Fort Osage girls basketball team came through when it counted.
Asia Cole scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the Indians scored a surprisingly easy 65-48 victory at Staley Thursday to tie the Falcons for the Suburban Middle Seven championship at 9-3.
“They played so hard,” Indians coach Dawn Williams said of her players. “We pounded the ball inside. They wanted it. They set a goal to be conference champions, and our five seniors led the way.”
Fort Osage (16-8 overall) also received 16 points from Siera Glassford and nine each from Raven Bunn and Paige Bunn, who led the way with nine rebounds. Glassford had six assists and Raven Bunn grabbed eight rebounds for Fort Osage.
“Glassford had a heck of game,” Williams said. “Allison Stevens did a great job guarding Monique Towson.”
The Staley standout scored 21 points. Fort Osage never looked back after taking a 25-19 halftime lead.
Fort Osage’s last conference championship came in Williams' first year as the coach in 2007-08.
BLUE SPRINGS 49, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 46: A big first quarter helped give Blue Springs enough cushion to win its regular season finale.
The Wildcats (12-16, 6-4 Suburban Big Six) outscored host Raymore-Peculiar 19-14 in the first and went on to claim the road victory Thursday night. Morgan Hensley’s 15 points and Aliyah Lee’s 12 guided the Wildcats, who led 35-22 at halftime and 38-35 after three quarters as the game remained close throughout.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “We were in major foul trouble but found a way to hang on and get the win.”
VAN HORN 64, NORTHEAST 27: Van Horn capped a 7-15 regular season with an easy Senior Night victory.
Malaea Ortiz poured in 30 points, Hannah Bishop 12 and Kim Chacon eight for the Falcons, who outscored Northeast 41-19 in the second half.
“It was great that our only senior, Cierra Sua, got a Senior Night win,” Van Horn coach Scorpio Horn said. “Ortiz played well.”
Van Horn was scheduled to meet Northeast again in a first-round Class 4 District 15 game at Excelsior Springs. But because of a lack of players, Northeast pulled out of the tournament. Van Horn instead will play Kansas City East at 6:30 p.m. Monday and higher-seeded Excelsior Springs will receive a bye into the semifinals.