A big first quarter which saw the Fort Osage girls outscore Ruskin 18-5, jump-started the Indians to a 68-59 Suburban Middle Six win Monday.
Ruskin outscored Fort 16-10 in the second and 24-19 in the third to cut the Indians lead to 47-45 going into the fourth. But the Indians bounced back by winning the fourth 21-14, a quarter in which they made all 13 free throws.
Kiyley Flowers, who sank 8 of 9 free throws and Alecia Monday each scored 18 points and Hailey Chase added 13 to lead the Indians. It was a career-high for Monday.
“Excellent game,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said. “Hailey Chase had a big night in the post. Rachel Buntin gave excellent minutes off the bench. This is Kiyley’s third game in a row of 18-plus points.”
Amiyah Hatten scored 24 points to lead Ruskin.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 40, OAK PARK 35: William Chrisman managed to hold the Oakies to just nine first-half points and they were able to hang on to capture a Suburban Middle Six defensive affair.
Chrisman outscored Oak Park 4-0 in the first quarter and 15-9 in the second. Oak Park outscored Chrisman 26-21 in the second half but it wasn’t enough.
Jacque David led the Bears with 13 points and Gia Moore had nine.
OAK GROVE 46, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 32: Oak Grove used a strong start and held on for a Missouri River Valley Conference West home win Monday.
The Panthers jumped to an 8-0 lead and led 16-8 after one quarter.
“We got off to a hot start and that kind of dictated things the rest of the way,” Oak Grove coach Jared Broughton said. “We pushed the ball in transition for some easy opportunities at the rim.”
Lilli Weir scored 12 points and Emily Heldenbrand and Summer Collier each added eight to lead the Panthers (8-11, 2-3 MRVC West).