With the loss of two all-state players in Claire Rose and Kendyll Bailey, the Grain Valley girls basketball team didn’t miss a beat in its first game of the 2017-18 season.
Behind 22 points from Kendra Sibert the Eagles rolled to a 62-29 victory over Raytown South in the first round of the Marshall Tournament.
Brittney McKay added 12 points, Maddie Knust chipped in with 10 and freshman Keely Hill grabbed 14 rebounds.
“It was a good first win for us,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We’re playing two freshmen and their games are always interesting. They did a great job. We have a lot of reasons to be happy.”
TRUMAN 95, KANSAS CITY CENTRAL 15: Truman raced to a 29-2 lead after one quarter and cruised into the Gold Bracket semifinals of the Winnetonka Invitational Monday night.
Jewel Hart poured in 22 points to lead five players in double figures for the Patriots (1-1). Rosie Braley added 19, Erin Davis sank four 3-pointers for 16, Deon Monroe had 15 and Brodi Byrd finished with 12 for the Patriots, who led 54-10 at halftime.
Truman meets Center or Winnetonka in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday.
HARRISONVILLE 49, VAN HORN 34: The Falcons dropped a season opener to the Wildcats in the first round of Eagles Invitational Monday at Summit Christian Academy.
The Falcons trailed 13-9 after the first quarter and cut the lead to 20-17 at halftime. However, Harrisonville was able to pull away with a 19-11 advantage in the third period.
Chase Siedlik led the Falcons with nine points and Daisy Washington added eight.
BELTON 51, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 49: Blue Springs South dropped its season opener and new head coach Kyle Lower’s debut to the host Pirates in a non-conference game Monday.
Logan Abernathy led the Jaguars with 18 points. Kaylee Connors added nine points and Leah Stanton had eight.
CLINTON 42, OAK GROVE 30: Oak Grove continued its rocky start to the season with a loss to the visiting Cardinals Tuesday.
Tatum Dunham and Lilly Weir led Oak Grove with seven points each.
“I thought we were not ready to go from the start,” Panthers coach Jared Broughton said. “We fell too far behind early and got into too big of a hole.”