It wasn’t easy, but the Grain Valley boys basketball team bounced back from its first Missouri River Valley Conference West loss.
The Eagles rallied from a 28-21 halftime deficit after three quarters to edge the visiting Pleasant Hill Roosters 51-49 Tuesday night.
Trailing by seven at halftime, the Eagles outscored the Roosters 19-13 in the third quarter to pull within 41-40 entering the final period.
The Eagles then edged Pleasant Hill 11-8 in the final quarter for the win to improve to 17-3 overall and 4-1 in the MRVC West.
Josh Kilpatrick tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists to lead Grain Valley. Ethan Macoubrie added nine points, six rebounds and three assists and Andru Garrett chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.
LEE’S SUMMIT WEST 77, BLUE SPRINGS 56: Visiting Blue Springs was no match for the state’s No. 1-ranked team after starting slow in the Suburban Big Seven matchup.
“Lee’s Summit West is tough for anyone to beat. We didn’t start the game with right mentality, got ourselves in a hole early, and were down 17 (45-28) at half,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “Coming out of halftime, West scored easy baskets on their first four possessions. We mixed up the lineup and found some guys that wanted to compete and play hard together on both ends of the floor. I was very proud of our guys that were on the floor in the last two quarters. Those guys haven’t been playing as much this year but I really loved their tenacity and ownership they took down the stretch.”
RJ Lawrence totaled 15 points and Stefan Black added 12 to lead the Wildcats (7-13, 1-7 Big Seven).
Christian Bishop fired in 27 points to lead the Titans.
RUSKIN 82, FORT OSAGE 70: Fort Osage managed to keep it close again but ended up falling again in a Suburban Middle Six contest Tuesday.
The Indians (5-15, 0-6 Middle Six) pulled within one point in the third quarter but Ruskin responded with a 6-0 run to take control.
“We had another chance to get back in it in the fourth and we strung some turnover possessions together and that was it,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said.
Ruskin took a 20-12 lead after one quarter but the Indians pulled within 56-53 entering the fourth quarter.
Dez Griswold scored 15 points and Ty Baker added 14 to lead the Indians.
RAYTOWN 74, TRUMAN 43: Truman couldn’t make an early 10-4 lead stand up in a Suburban Big Six loss to the Raytown Blue Jays on Senior Night.
After taking the early lead, the Patriots managed just four points over the next 12 minutes.
The Blue Jays then outscored the Patriots 18-0 in the second quarter to take command.
"We just could not score in the second quarter for whatever reason,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “It was disappointing because we got off to a great start in the game and played with great energy. I never recall coaching game without scoring in a quarter. We rely so much on our perimeter shooting, that when shots don't fall, we can get beat pretty bad. Our defense has got to improve, but we just don't have the size and toughness to stop teams in the paint."
Kaimen Lennox scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and Calief Gregg added 13 points to lead the Patriots (3-17, 0-6).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 84, PARK HILL 72: Lee’s Summit North rallied from an early 12-2 deficit to claim a Suburban Big Seven home victory Tuesday.
The Broncos tied it up 12-12 by the end of the first quarter and used a 27-16 advantage in the second to take command. North sank 22 of 23 free throws overall to seal the win.
Elijah Farr scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to lead the Broncos (11-8, 4-4 Big Seven). Javaunte Hawkins added 18 points, Mikel Henderson had 17 and Logan Jenkins scored 15 points.
OAK GROVE 73, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 61: Jaxon Althaus poured in 36 points in three quarters, leading the Panthers to a 73-61 road win in a Missouri River Valley Conference West matchup Thursday.
Brenden Marsh added 10 points and Trey Bryant had nine for Oak Grove, which improved to 14-5 overall and 4-1 in the MRVC West. Peyton Soria had 32 points for Excelsior Springs (4-15).
The Panthers trailed 12-10 after the first quarter, as Althaus sat due to a coach’s decision, then rallied to take a 31-27 lead into halftime. Oak Grove led 51-46 entering the fourth.
Oak Grove coach Ty Hames said his team had some struggles on defense, “But we made enough runs on the road to win a game, and that's what's important.”
GRAIN VALLEY 42, PLEASANT HILL 33: The Eagles got off to a slow start, trailing 10-3 after one period. But a strong third quarter which saw the Eagles out scored the Chicks 19-5 boosted them to a Missouri River Valley Conference West win.
Brittney McKay led Grain Valley with 12 points, Maddie Knust had 11 and Kendra Sibert put in eight.
“We did a couple things differently (in the second half),” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. I thought we were doing a lot of things right (in first half). It wasn’t working. The third quarter is the best quarter we played all year. We played to our strengths.”