The Grain Valley boys basketball team made sure it would not share the MRVC West title.

The Eagles played a solid first half in which they led 17-9 after the first quarter and 28-18 at halftime in Thursday’s game against Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Pleasant Hill.

The Eagles then kept the host Roosters at arm’s length the rest of the way to capture the MRVC West title outright with a 57-45 win.

Grain Valley (22-3) finished 9-1 in conference to edge Oak Grove at 8-2 in its final season in the MRVC before it heads to the Suburban Conference’s small division.

Senior forward Andru Garrett led the Eagles with 16 points and added six rebounds, Ethan Macoubrie had 12 points and seven rebounds and Kevin Gutierrez chipped in with 12 rebounds.

“I'm very happy for our kids,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “They have been good all year, and I'm excited they're seeing some rewards for it. Tonight was kind of bittersweet knowing it was our last game in the MRVC West. I have so much respect and admiration for the coaches. They're close personal friends, and we have so much fun competing against other. Looking forward to the next chapter, but am going to miss the camaraderie of this group of coaches.”

“Now we've got to put all of this behind us and prepare for the district tournament. Saturday will be here before we know it.”

The Eagles will be the No. 3 seed in the Class 4 District 13 tournament and will take on Odessa in the first round at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

OAK GROVE 61, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 58: There has been no place like home for the Panthers and they ended the season with a 10-1 record at home following a win over the MRVC West foe Excelsior Springs Thursday.

Oak Grove trailed 14-9 after the first quarter, but rallied in the second to take a 24-23 halftime lead. Excelsior Springs jumped back ahead 39-35 going into the final period, but Oak Grove won the fourth 26-19 to take it.

Jaxon Althaus led Oak Grove (18-6, 8-2) with 32 points, followed by Dylon Pfiefer with 15 and Kenton Wilhoit with 10.

Oak Grove will have a first-round bye in the Class 4 District 13 tournament and will await the winner of the Grain Valley-Odessa same and will play at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the semifinals.

Oak Grove had a chance to tie Grain Valley for the title with a Grain Valley loss, but the Eagles topped Pleasant Hill.



VAN HORN 66, KC NORTHEAST 25: Dasia Tatum and Jasmine Williams each tallied double-doubles as the Falcons cruised at home in their regular season finale.

Tatum had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Jasmine Williams notched 15 points and 13 rebounds as Van Horn ended its regular season at 17-4. The Falcons led 22-4 after the first quarter and 38-7 at halftime.

Van Horn earned a first-round bye in Class 4 District 14 tournament will play the winner of Pembroke Hill and Center at 7 p.m. March 1 at Center High School.

GRAIN VALLEY 49, PLEASANT HILL 34: After a tough loss against longtime rival Oak Grove Wednesday, the Eagles bounced back with a win in their regular-season finale against MRVC West foe Pleasant Hill Thursday.

Grain Valley (13-11, 5-5) trailed 9-8 after the first quarter and fell behind 21-17 at halftime. Then the Eagles came back with a strong second half in which they outscored the Chicks 31-13 to go into the district playoffs on a good note.

“I told them at halftime that I thought we were right defensively,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We didn’t change anything going into the second half. We had a couple of bad breaks in the first half. We started doing a nice job with the ball in the second half and got everyone involved. We needed that.”

Maddie Knust lead Grain Valley with 12 points, followed by Sydney Williams with 11, Kylie Boehmer with nine and Kendra Sibert with seven.

STALEY 56, FORT OSAGE 41: Fort Osage couldn’t sustain a 13-6 lead after one quarter and fell to Staley in its regular-season finale.

Staley outscored the Indians 22-10 in the second quarter to grab a 28-23 halftime lead on the way to the Suburban Middle Six win.

“We overcame game time injuries and lots of fouling to battle with a very good Staley team tonight,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said.

Ally Young and Hailey Chase each scored nine points to lead the Indians (11-13, 3-7).