Junior Rachel Buntin had one basket for the Fort Osage girls Thursday night.
But it was a big one.
Buntin sank a late bucket and freshman Kiyley Flowers stole the ball with 4.2 seconds left to seal the Indians’ 54-53 win over host Platte County.
“Big time victory tonight,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said after her team improved to 4-2 overall, already doubling last season’s win total. “We had three starters foul out and our deep bench played great. We showed a lot of toughness and grit tonight.”
The Indians led 39-36 entering the final quarter but the Pirates rallied to grab a 53-52 lead with just under a minute left. Buntin then made her only basket of the game for the win.
Flowers finished with 18 points, Chloe Miller added 13 and Austin Moise and Hailey Chase each contributed eight points for the Indians, who led 29-25 at halftime.
ST. TERESA’S 66, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 46: Blue Springs South pulled within 45-42 with three minutes left in the third quarter. Then the Jaguars went ice cold.
They scored only two field goals the final 11 minutes of the game in a non-conference home loss Thursday.
Kaylee Connors scored 14 points and Sophie Lopez added 13 to pace the Jaguars, who trailed 41-32 at halftime.
TRUMAN 71, EUDORA 48: A balanced attack and a strong start sparked the Truman boys cruise past Eudora (Kan.) in the third-place game of the Eudora/Paola Tournament Thursday.
Truman drained six of their 12 3-pointers in the first quarter and raced to a 29-8 lead.
"This was by far the best game since I have been at Truman. We brought the three E's – energy, effort and enthusiasm," Truman coach Rod Briggs said. "We became a family tonight.”
Jace Ngo sank five 3-pointers for all of his game-high 15 points to lead the Patriots (2-3). Eleven Patriots scored, and nine had five points or more. Don Edmondson added 11 points and Sam Billison had eight, all in the first quarter.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 77, ST. LOUIS SOLDAN 69: Bronco sharpshooter Javaunte Hawkins had himself a game.
He scored 31 points, including four 3-pointers in a non-conference win over St. Louis Soldan Thursday.
Logan Jenkins added 18 and Elijah Farr scored 12.
VAN HORN 63, KNOB NOSTER 57: Joell Wilson poured in 26 points and posted six rebounds and six blocks as Van Horn held off Knob Noster Tuesday.
Xavier Marrero recorded 16 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Terrion Seddens added 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks to help lead the Falcons (1-1).