The Grain Valley boys basketball team used a big second half in which it outscored Kirksville 35-16 to advance to the championship game of the Marshall Tournament following a 51-35 semifinal win Friday.
Andru Garrett led the charge for Grain Valley, scoring 18 points, grabbing six boards and swiping two steals. Tate Collum added 11 points and three steals; and Ethan Macoubrie had nine points, six rebounds and four assists.
“We played extremely hard tonight,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We struggled most of the game, but we're really tough and hung in there. Eventually things turned in our favor. Excited to play for a championship this early in the season.”
The Eagles play for the title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 58, THOMAS MOORE PREP 50: The Bears will have to win their next six games to reach coach Jake Kates’ goal of beginning the season 7-2 before Christmas break, but he and his team was able to pick up a win against Hays (Kan.) Thomas Moore Prep in the consolation round of the Hays Invitational Friday.
Chrisman led 18-14 after one period and went into halftime up 37-26 and extended the edge to 50-38 heading into the final quarter.
“We played well today,” said Kates, whose team improved to 1-2. “We put three good quarters together and a mediocre fourth. Our effort was good today, and it felt good to get that first win of the year. It is a special win for me personally as it is my first win as the William Chrisman head coach. Our team is learning more about basketball every day, and I am excited to see where we end up by the end of the season.”
Dawson Herl had 13 points to lead the Bears, Kelvyn Mason added 10, Tony Hilton chipped in with nine points and Zachariah Rowe had eight.
Chrisman will play Hays (Kan.) for the consolation championship at 3:15 p.m. today.
VAN HORN 55, UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 43: After losing the first two games of the tournament, the Falcons managed to make the most of their final game in the Eagles Invitational at Summit Christian Academy with a win in the seventh-place game Friday.
Daisy Washington led the Falcons (1-2) with 15 points, Dasiah Tatum added 13 and Lexi Robinson had 11.
The Falcons took control with a 13-7 advantage in the first quarter and led 27-18 at halftime.
HAYS (KAN.) THOMAS MOORE PREP 40, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 38: The Bears fell in a pair of games in the Hays (Kan.) Invitational.
On Friday, Chrisman fell 40-38 to Thomas Moore Prep in the consolation round. The Bears went into the fourth period down 29-18 and surged with a 20-11 period, but it wasn’t enough.
Gia Moore led the Bears with 11 points and Amanda Szopinski and Jacque David each had 10.
On Thursday, Chrisman fell to Manhattan (Kan.) 59-37 in the first round of the tournament.
David led Chrisman (0-3) with 11 points. Kansas State commit Christianna Carr had a game-high 19 for Manhattan.