It was a tough girls basketball season opener for the host Indians and William Chrisman in the Fort Osage Tournament.

It was a tough girls basketball season opener for the host Indians and William Chrisman in the Fort Osage Tournament.

Poor 9-of-25 free throw shooting cost Fort Osage in a 39-36 loss to Park Hill Monday night.

St. Joseph Central, in the four-school, round-robin event, stopped Chrisman 59-46.

“Free throws killed us obviously,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We had great effort. We were all over the place. We won the rebounding war 41-28 with Elaine McAlister getting 10.”

 Park Hill’s Kyleesha Weston sank four 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 17 points. Jamie Martin hit three treys on the way to pacing Fort Osage with 16 points.

Fort Osage led 23-21 at halftime, but Park Hill outscored the Indians 9-6 in the third quarter and 9-7 in the fourth to rally for the victory.

Chrisman was outscored in each quarter in losing the season opener for the fourth consecutive year.

“It was tough way to start the season but I saw some good things,” Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson said. “We controlled the boards and rebounded well.”

Nieka Wheeler had 14 rebounds and 10 points and Marah Wheaton 10 rebounds and 10 points and Calie Edwards 11 points in leading the Bears.

Amber Chivington and Mercedes Estes shared Central scoring honors with 12 points each.

Fort Osage meets Chrisman and Park Hill takes on Central in tonight’s games.

GRAIN VALLEY 38, WARRESBURG 24: Grain Valley outscored host Warrensburg 14-5 in the second quarter for a 19-10 lead and went on to claim the season opener.

“It was a typical first game,” Grain Valley coach Steve Broughton said. “We made some mistakes but played hard. We had a lot of new players, so it was a good experience. We’ll be better next time.”

Megan Yates powered the Eagles with 13 points. Chelsey Wilson followed with nine. Tops for Warrensburg was Michelle Fitzgerald with eight.

OAK GROVE 51, HOLDEN 48: Mike Cox is 1-0 as the new Oak Grove coach.

But it took an overtime for the Panthers to escape visiting Holden.

“We were down by seven with three minutes to go and came back and tied it” Cox said.

Rebecca McPherson hit a three-pointer to tie the score 41-41 and force the four-minute overtime.

Four different players scored as Oak Grove outscored Holden 10-7 in the overtime.

“We hit some big free throws,” Cox said.

McPherson fired in 15 points and Brittany Douthitt 11 to pace the Panthers. Holden’s Kelsey Carver poured in 19 points, including 14 of 20 free throws to lead all scorers.

Holden led 23-16 at halftme and maintained the lead until the final minute of regulation play.

ST. MARY’S 52, SOUTHWEST 23: Host St. Mary’s opened the season with an easy victory.

Sarah Dortch had four three-pointers in pacing the Trojans with 16 points. Callie Craig added nine.

“It was nice way to start the season,” St. Mary’s coach Krista Daniels said. “I saw a lot of good things. The girls did a good job of finding the open player.”

The Trojans coasted after taking a 20-2 opening quarter lead.