The Grain Valley girls basketball team went into the fourth quarter tied with Raymore-Peculiar at 21-all with a chance to win yet another Grain Valley Sonic Showdown tournament title.
However, the Panthers won the fourth 19-9 and captured the tournament championship with a 41-31 win over the Eagles Friday night.
Grain Valley (9-7) trailed 9-4 at the end of the first, but tied the game at 15-15 going into halftime.
“They got 10 points from the free throw line,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “It was tied with 3:30 left then that’s when it got away form us. They made their free throws and we had to go down the court and shoot threes.”
Kendra Sibert scored 10 points and Sydney Williams added seven to lead the Eagles.
TRUMAN 65, PARK HILL SOUTH 31: Truman raced to a 20-9 lead after one quarter and never looked back in a Suburban Big Six home win Friday.
The Patriots extended the lead to 34-22 by halftime and sealed the win with an 18-5 advantage in the third quarter.
Brodi Byrd scored 17 points to lead Truman, which improved to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Deon Monroe added 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Erin Davis had 13 points.
OAK GROVE 37, OAK PARK 36: Tatum Dunham tied it late and sank a free throw with six seconds left to win it as Oak Grove edged Oak Park in the third-place game of the Grain Valley Sonic Showdown Friday.
Dunham converted a three-point play, sinking the free throw with 12 seconds left to tie it 36-36. She was then fouled after Oak Grove got the ball back and hit one of her two free throws with 6 seconds left to put the Panthers ahead.
Oak Grove jumped to a 14-5 lead after one quarter but the Oakies cut it to 19-17 at halftime. Oak Grove outscored them 14-5 in the third for a 33-22 lead before Oak Park stormed back again.
“We were letting it slip away from us, but the girls hung on and made a couple plays at the end to pull it out.”
Lilli Weir scored 14 points, Bailee Martin added eight and Dunham finished with seven to lead the Panthers (6-10).
NORTH KANSAS CITY 71, FORT OSAGE 59: The Indians had a chance to knock off Suburban Middle Six rival North Kansas City, who was the No. 5 state-ranked team, but they were unable to keep pace in a loss Friday.
Fort Osage trailed 17-13 after one period and went into the lock room down 32-26 before falling behind 51-41 going into the fourth.
“The guys played their butts off,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “We did some things that bothered them, and we kept it close, but we would go on little stretches where would make mistakes and they’d go back up by 10. We could never get over the hump.”
Jared Larson led the Indians (5-12, 0-3) with 16 points, Dez Griswold added 10 and Ty Baker had nine.
PARK HILL SOUTH 70, TRUMAN 43: The Patriots had a tough task in trying to topple one of the best teams in the state in Park Hill South.
They only trailed 19-17 after the first period but the Panthers outscored them 17-4 in the second to eventually pull away with a lopsided victory Friday.
"All year we have played good first quarter,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We are scoring 1.08 points per possession in the first quarter for the season and our effective field goal percentage is 52.6 percent. We just have not been able to maintain that for four quarters. Park Hill South is one of the best teams in Missouri. They could go on a run and win a state championship."
Kaimen Lennox led Truman (3-14, 0-4) with 15 points and Macia Moanaunu added 11.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 80, LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 74: The Broncos got a big-time performance from guard Javaunte Hawkins as he scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers in an upset win over the No. 1 state-ranked Titans in Suburban Big Seven Conference action.
North was up 27-25 at halftime and it pushed its lead to 54-43 going into the fourth.
“West had a great four-minute stretch and caught us, going up 65-64,” North coach Mike Hilbert said. “ We forced a couple turnovers, recaptured the lead and hung on from the free throw line.”
Elijah Farr aided the Broncos (9-8, 2-4) with a double-double (20 points, 15 rebounds) and Logan Jenkins added 17 points.