An improved performance at the free throw line paid off for Blue Springs.

An improved performance at the free throw line paid off for Blue Springs.

The Wildcats hit 15 of 19 chances to edge Columbia Hickman 62-60 in a Patterson Division consolation game in the William Jewell Holiday Basketball Tournament Tuesday. The Wildcats were 5 of 12 in a 62-57 loss to Grandview Monday.

Alan Harrison hit two free throws with eight seconds remaining to give the Wildcats (2-6) a safe 62-58 lead. The Kewpies were only 2 of 4 at the line.

“It was a nice change,” Blue Springs coach Frank Wheeler said of the Wildcats’ free throw showing. “We still had too many turnovers (14) with some late in the game. But we did a much better job at the end of the game, and it was good for the kids to get one (win). It was nice for them to have some success.”

Jallen Messersmith had a huge game for  the Wildcats with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Harrison had 13 points, Deiondre Hall 12 and Jay  Corwin 10 in a balanced Blue Springs attack.

D’Vante Lewis just missed double figures with nine. Marcus Whitt shone for Hickman with 23 points.

Blue Springs meets William Chrisman at 2 p.m. Thursday in the fifth place game.

SMITHVILLE 54, FORT OSAGE 40: Two season-long problems cost the Indians.

“We can’t score and turned the ball over,” coach Josh Wilson said of the Indians’ consolation Nelson Division loss in the William Jewell Holiday Basketball Tournament.

The Indians (1-7) had 23 turnovers and hit only 38 percent from the field.

Fort Osage led 14-6 after one quarter before falling behind  27-22 by halftime.

“We were down by 14 and cut it four and they went to a zone and we couldn’t score,” Wilson said.

Zach Adams had a stellar game for the Indians with a career high 17 points and eight rebounds. D’Vante Mosby added nine points and nine rebounds.

The Indians dominated the rebounding 27-21. But Smithville hit 56 percent of its shots.

The loss eliminated Fort Osage from the tournament.

GRAIN VALLEY 66, WARSAW 28: Michael Draper had his 3-point shooting stroke as Grain Valley drilled Warsaw in the State Fair Community College Shootout.

Draper scored 19 points with four 3-pointers and Tanner Griffin and Derreon Parker each added 13.

Parker has 1,015 in his career.

Grain Valley (5-2) rolled to a 46-16 halftime lead.

“We played really well in the first half,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We also were really good defensively and good in transition. Overall, we played pretty well.”