KEARNEY – Coach Lindsay Thompson had a simple answer as to why William Chrisman romped past Fort Osage 81-64 in the opening round of the Class 5 District 14 girls basketball tournament Saturday at Kearney.
“We didn’t lose our marbles when we got the lead.” she said. “We got the lead and kept it. I was proud of them.”
Chrisman (12-13) rebounded from a tough 58-56 loss to Raytown hours earlier. Rachel Losch scored a career-high 22 points, Haley Rodriguez notched 20 and Makenzie Erikson added 12 for the Bears, and Losch also had nine rebounds and four steals.
Chrisman led 24-14 after one quarter and 38-27 at halftime. Any Fort Osage hopes of rallying vanished when it got outscored 26-18 in the fourth quarter.
Raven Bunn’s 17 points led the Suburban Middle Seven co-champion Indians, who finished 16-9. Siera Glassford used four 3-pointers to score 16 points, Allison Stevens had 14 points and eight rebounds, four assists and seven steals and Paige Bunn 11 points.
“She was everywhere,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said of the junior Stevens.
Fort Osage lost standout post player Asia Cole in the first quarter. She reinjured a knee injury suffered two games earlier against North Kansas City and had no points and one rebound. But Williams offered no excuses for the second loss in three games against the Bears this season.
“Cole was in the locker room bawling and blaming herself for the loss,” Williams said. “But I never had a team give up 81 points. We didn’t show up mentally or physically.”
The Bears meet crosstown rival and top-seeded Truman at 6 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. Truman (23-1) has defeated the Bears twice this season.
GRAIN VALLEY 83, SOUTHWEST EARLY COLLEGE 13: The season’s easiest victory moved Grain Valley into the semifinals of the Class 4 District 14 Tournament at Raytown South.
The Eagles rolled to a 28-3 opening quarter lead and went on to the 70-point victory Saturday.
“Fifteen kids played,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We were able to work on a couple of things.”
Sarah Turner led the Eagles with 14 points. Tori Squires and Paula Williams each added 10 and Darby Scharfenkamp nine.
Grain Valley faces Notre Dame de Sion at 7 p.m. tonight in the semifinals.
“Sion will be much tougher,” Draper said.
ODESSA 61, OAK GROVE 29: A tough 5-19 Oak Grove season ended with a first-round loss in the Class 4 District 13 loss Monday at Oak Grove.
GRAIN VALLEY 67, SOUTHWEST EARLY COLLEGE 49: Grain Valley opened and closed strong to claim a first-round boys basketball victory in the Class 4 District 14 tournament at Raytown South.
The Eagles outscored Southwest Early College Center 17-11 in the first quarter and 17-9 in the fourth Monday night.
“It was good to get that first district game out of the way and calm our nerves,” said Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert, whose team improved to 19-6. “The kids were tough and played well and deserved to play again.”
Nick Alvarado had 19 points, Cody Zeigler 17, Jordan Mahurin 14 and Daniel Mahurin nine in leading a balanced Grain Valley attack. The Eagles play second-seeded Center at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals.
“It will be tough but we can do it,” Herbert said of Center.