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Examiner
  • Eagles finish second in Sacred Heart Tournament

  • Grain Valley had to settle for second place in the Sacred Heart Tournament after falling 44-42 to the host team Friday night.

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  • Grain Valley had to settle for second place in the Sacred Heart Tournament after falling 44-42 to the host team Friday night.
    “Our kids played really hard,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “Sacred Heart is a good team. We made a few mistakes offensively that cost us. But our effort was great. If we continue to play like that we’ll be fine.
    Grain Valley had the final shot with 1.5 seconds remaining, but Derreon Parker missed a three-pointer.
    Wilson Gaschler’s 14 points and Parker’s 10 led the way as the Eagles suffered their first loss in three games.
    Tops for Sacred Heart was Jared Drum with 15 points.
    ST. JOSEPH CENTRAL 58, BLUE SPRINGS 52: The second quarter cost Blue Springs a season-opening victory.
    Host Central outscored the Wildcats 21-6 in the quarter for a 32-19 lead and went on to post a 58-52 victory.
    “We let things get away from us in the second quarter,” Blue Springs coach Frank Wheeler said. “They forced some turnovers and got second shots. We made a nice run in the second half and got to within five but couldn’t do enough good things.”
    Jallen Messersmith tossed in 16 points and De’Vante Lewis 10 to spark the Wildcats. Carson Lau’s 17 points guided Central.
    MARSHALL 64, ST. MARY’S 56: The Trojans’ best effort in three games wasn’t enough to defeat Marshall and post its first victory in the Sedalia Sacred Heart Tournament.
    “We were heck of a lot better,” St. Mary’s coach Carlos Paige said. “Our intensity from the start was good. We’re still on right path.”
    Michael Thomason’s career high 19 points led the Trojans. Jack Salva added 12. Cedric Browder and Carter Austin guided Marshall with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 68, NORTHEAST 31: Lee’s Summit North outscored Northeast 31-8 in the second quarter for a 42-18 halftime lead in setting up the easy victory in the Jack Bush Tip-off Classic at Kansas City’s Interscholastic League Fieldhouse.
    “We have had two good results to start the season,” North coach Mike Hilbert said of North’s two victories. “At times we did some things well, but we definitely are not in mid-season form.”
    North had four players in double figures led by Will Harrington’s 18 points. David Kravish had 12, P.J. Lewis 11 and Matt Ellwood 10.
    RUSKIN 55, LEE’S SUMMIT 51: The Lee’s Summit basketball team couldn’t hold onto an early lead falling to Ruskin 55-51 on Friday.
    The Tigers jumped out to a 23-18 lead in the first quarter and held a slim 29-27 edge at the half. Ruskin (2-0) overtook Lee’s Summit (1-1) in the third, and the Tigers couldn’t catch up.
    Page 2 of 2 - Skyler Arbuckle led the Tigers with 16 points. Sam Sealer added 15 points hitting five 3-pointers.
    “It was a close game the whole way,” Tigers coach Keith Miller said. “We had some missed opportunities in the fourth quarter.”
    OAK GROVE 65, CLINTON 58: Derrick Higgins scored 24 points to lead Oak grove to its second win of the year. Zach Taylor added 13 points and Jacob Eddy chipped in with 11.

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