• Prep basketball roundup: Indians snag outright conference crown

  • On Tuesday night, the Fort Osage boys basketball team played it cool. Friday, the Indians let it all out.

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  • On Tuesday night, the Fort Osage boys basketball team played it cool. Friday, the Indians let it all out.
    Earlier this week Fort clinched a share of its first conference championship since 1970, but the Indians insisted they were keeping their eyes on bigger postseason goals. But after Friday’s 59-32 Suburban Middle Seven Conference win over Raytown at Fort Osage, the Indians took a little time to celebrate.
    After the win, Fort’s ninth in a row, the Indians (18-4, 10-0 conference) greeted coach Josh Wilson by soaking him with a bucket of water on him in the locker room.
    “It was an emotional night,” Wilson said. “But the kids did a great job of keeping it together and maintaining their composure through it all.”
    The triumph also marked the third time in the last six games that Fort has held an opponent 38 points or less.
    “We’re making it so hard for every team to score on us,” said Wilson, whose squad is giving up just 41.8 points per game over its last six outings. “The communication is there, we’ve got a hand up on every shot and everyone knows their defensive assignment.”
    Senior D’Vante Mosby, who joined the 1,000-point/1,000-rebound club by hauling down his 1,000th career board on Tuesday, led the way with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Austin Regier posted 10 points, seven rebounds and five helpers and Skylar Thompson ended with nine points.
    The loss drops Raytown to 5-17 and 4-6.
    BLUE SPRINGS 37, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 35: Elijah Lee came through when the Wildcats needed him most.
    The Blue Springs junior knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line with 4.2 seconds left to lift the visiting Wildcats to an upset win Friday over Lee’s Summit North – a defeat that spoiled the Broncos’ Suburban Big Six Conference title hopes.
    North entered the game trailing conference leader Blue Springs South by two games with three left on the schedule. South’s 74-61 triumph over Liberty sealed the championship.
    “I was really pleased with how the kids handled the game down the stretch,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “They went to a zone with three minutes left and we handled the ball and after a timeout got the shot we wanted.”
    Lee and Jay Corwin scored 13 to lead Blue Springs (14-9, 4-4). Tyler Anderson powered the Broncos (15-7, 4-4) with 20 points.
    TRUMAN 52, RUSKIN 48: Zane Rader pumped in a career-high 22 points to lift the Patriots to their second consecutive Suburban Middle Six Conference win Friday at Ruskin.
    Brothers Lane and Reid Titus added 13 and nine points, respectively, as Truman improved to 14-9 and 4-4.
    Ruskin drops to 12-12 and 5-3.
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 67, OAK PARK 61: Alex Ball scored 23 points and Chris Horn notched 20 to lead the Bears to the Suburban Middle Seven win Friday at Oak Park. The victory clinches Chrisman’s first winning conference record since 2009.
    Page 2 of 2 - Eli Alvis added 10 points and six rebounds for the Bears (11-10, 7-3) and Ball dished out four assists.
    GRAIN VALLEY 52, HARRISONVILLE 39: The visiting Eagles pulled a Missouri River Valley Conference West shocker in topping host Harrisonville on Friday.
    Grain Valley built a 28-17 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half as Hunter Ramirez scored 14 points. Caleb McKay and Cody Zeigler added 11 each to guide the Eagles (8-18, 4-5).
    “I was really proud of the kids,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “This was probably the best offense we had played all year.”
    OAK GROVE 62, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 48: The Panthers notched their ninth straight win by downing Excelsior Springs in a Missouri River Valley Conference West game Friday at Oak Grove.
    Cole Doherty and Jordan Douglas paced the Panthers (17-6, 7-2) with 14 points each. Tanner Kanak added 12.
    LEE’S SUMMIT 51, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 44: Three players scored in double figures to lead host Lee’s Summit to the Suburban Big Six win Friday.
    Alex Evans and Drew Lock led the way with 12 points each and Dan McElroy added 10 for the Tigers (9-13, 3-5).

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