Andru Garrett’s fantastic season continued Friday and he helped make sure that his Grain Valley Eagles remained undefeated.
The senior forward scored 23 points on 11-of-19 shooting during a 64-39 boys basketball win over Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Odessa.
Caden Matlon added 13 points for the Eagles (10-0, 2-0). Ethan Macoubrie chipped in with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Grain Valley took a 14-5 lead in the first and nudged the advantage to 28-18 at halftime before pushing the margin to 46-30 at the end of three.
As a team, Grain Valley shot 57.1 percent from the field.
"I was really pleased with the way we moved the ball tonight,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “Seventeen of our 28 field goals were assisted. I think that says a lot about the unselfishness of this group. Excited for the Pleasant Hill Tournament next week."
SPRINGFIELD KICKAPOO 44, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 41: The Jaguars were unable to hang onto a 22-17 halftime lead as Springfield Kickapoo outscored South by eight in the second half in a Friday night non-conference win.
Senior forward Ethan Swanegan led South (4-5) with 10 points followed by Jaylon McDaniel and Jack Gillig with eight points apiece.
“We defended well and competed hard,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “We didn’t make enough plays tonight. We missed a lot of opportunities offensively, and Kickapoo made a couple plays down the stretch to win the game.”
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 78, BLUE SPRINGS 58: The Wildcats had their toughest test to date in the No. 1-state-ranked Lee’s Summit West Titans and ended up not being able to overcome the Titans’ firepower in a Suburban Big Seven loss Friday.
Blue Springs trailed 21-14 at the end of the first and went into the locker room down 38-27 at halftime before West pulled away by taking a 68-41 lead into the fourth.
Wildcats guard RJ Lawrence joined the 1,000-point club as he scored a game-best 23 points. Daniel Parker Jr. added 13.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 53, CARL JUNCTION 49: After a rough one-point loss in the first round of the Kaminsky Classic tournament, the Bears rebounded as rebounded for a consolation bracket win over the Bulldogs Friday at Joplin High School.
Bears forward Dawson Herl led the charge by making four of his six 3-pointers in the second half, scoring 14 of his game-best 22 points in the final 16 minutes. He was 7 of 13 from the floor and 6 of 8 from behind the arc. Herl also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
With a minute left, Carl Junction’s Trent Smith’s hit a fadeaway jumper to narrow Chrisman’s lead to 50-49 before the Bears connected on 3 of 4 free throws to seal it.
Junior guard Kelvyn Mason added 16 points for Chrisman (5-5).
PARK HILL 61, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 53: The Broncos couldn’t stop Trojan guard Ronnie Bell, who scored 27 points, including five 3-pointers in a Suburban Big Seven loss Friday.
North was up 13-9 at the end of the first quarter and clung to a 24-22 halftime edge before Park Hill out scored it 16-13 in the third and 23-16 in the fourth.
Back to back 3-pointers from Bell sealed it for the Trojans in the fifth.
Elijah Farr led the Broncos (5-4, 1-1) with 18 points and Javaunte Hawkins added 16, including four 3 -pointers, and Logan Jenkins was also in double figures with 10.
OAK GROVE 67, PLEASANT HILL 56: Gavin Richardson poured in 23 points and Oak Grove rallied from a 14-7 first-quarter deficit to claim a home victory in its Missouri River Valley Conference West opener.
The Panthers fell behind after the first quarter but outscored the Roosters 18-6 in the second to take control with a 25-20 halftime lead. They pulled away with a 21-13 advantage in the third quarter.
Dylon Pfeifer added 19 points and Kenton Wilhoit contributed nine as Oak Grove improved to 9-2 overall.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 41, RAYMORE-PECULIAR: The Bears improved to 7-5 following a win over the Panthers in the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic third-place game.
Chrisman led 5-4 after one quarter and took a 16-10 lead at halftime before ballooning the lead to 31-17 at the end of three.
Jacque David led Chrisman with 15 points and Gia Moore added 14.