• Eagles stay alive with district triumph

  • The Grain Valley boys basketball team brought its A-game when it needed it most.

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  • The Grain Valley boys basketball team brought its A-game when it needed it most.
    The Eagles extended their season on Monday night by downing Pembroke Hill 49-42 the Class 4 District 14 opener at Grandview High School. Daniel Mahurin totaled 13 points and younger brother Jordan Mahurin added 12 points and five rebounds. Caleb McKay also posted 10 points and seven boards and Blake Hottel dished out eight assists.
    “That’s as efficient offensively as we’ve been all year,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “I was proud of how they competed and came to play.”
    Grain Valley scooted to a 15-6 lead in the first period and extended the advantage to 27-14 by halftime.
    The Eagles (9-16) will take on seventh-ranked and No. 1-seeded Center in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday.
    BLUE SPRINGS 60, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 51: The Wildcats closed out the regular season with a Suburban Big Six Conference road victory over Raymore-Peculiar on Saturday.
    Walter Sorrells notched 15 points, Elijah Lee added 14 and Jay Corwin finished with 13 as the Wildcats (15-10, 5-5 conference) ended in fourth place in the Big Six and matched their highest win total since the 2006-07 season.
    “It was a good win,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “We were down 11-7 and then put together three good quarters. It was good going into districts with a win.”
    Blue Springs will meet Lee’s Summit North to open Class 5 District 14 play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Blue Springs High School.

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