The Grain Valley girls basketball team hasn’t missed a beat since graduating two all-state players last year.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 following a 55-35 win over Sedalia Smith-Cotton in the semifinals of the Marshall Tournament.
They will face Marshall in the championship of the tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Kendra Sibert led Grain Valley with 18 points, Maddie Knust added 13 and Kylie Boehmer chipped in with 10.
“This was a good win for us,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We have a lot of toughness and found out a lot about us. Kendra is so tough, mentally and physically. She’s a fearless driver and that has really paid off for her.”
ST. TERESA’S 60, BLUE SPRINGS 47: The Blue Springs girls basketball team couldn’t sustain its second-half rally Thursday.
After tying it up in the third quarter, St. Teresa’s Academy pulled away late in the third and throughout the fourth period for the win in the Lee’s Summit North Invitational.
“We had a bad start,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said after his team finished 0-2 in the season-opening tournament. “We worked hard to get it tied in the third but then we pretty much ran out of gas. We dug ourselves too big of a hole earlier.”
Trailing 31-20 at halftime, the Wildcats outscored the Stars 16-7 in the third to pull within 38-36. St. Teresa’s outscored them 22-11 in the final period to pull away.
Sy’Maih Smith, Aliyah Bello and Taitlyn Afualo each scored 12 points to lead Blue Springs.
ST. JOSEPH LAFAYETTE 45, FORT OSAGE 37: Fort Osage couldn’t recover from a 16-4 deficit after the first quarter in the fifth-place game of the Cardinal Bracket of the Winnetonka Invitational Thursday.
Alecia Monday sank a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter but the Indians didn’t have enough.
Monday and Kiyley Flowers each finished with 10 points and Chloe Harris added six as the Indians finished the tournament 1-2.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 51, NOTRE DAME DE SION 41: Aiyana Johnson poured in 15 points as Lee’s Summit North downed Sion to claim the title of its own Lee’s Summit North Invitational with a 2-0 record.
Micaela Dickerson and Anija Frazier each added eight points and Tiana Gipson had seven to help spark the Broncos.
MANHATTAN (KAN.) 63, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 55: William Chrisman fell behind 13-0 on a barrage of 3-pointers to start the game and a second-half rally fell short in the opening game of the Hays (Kan.) Invitational.
“We actually fell behind by 24 in the first half, but battled back to close the game to a 3-point game with 3 minutes to play,” Chrisman coach Jake Kates said. “We grew up today and this game will provide us a launching point for our season. Really looking forward to tomorrow’s game.”
The Bears meet Thomas Moore Prep of Hays, Kan., at 4:45 p.m. today in a consolation bracket game.
Trailing 37-18 at halftime, the Bears outscored Manhattan 37-24 in the second half.
Kelvyn Mason scored 13 points, Daniel Carson added 12 and Tony Hilton had 11 to lead the Bears (0-3).