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Examiner
  • Focused Indians bag conference opener

  • Fort Osage boys basketball coach Josh Wilson briefly considered having Betty Lennox give his players a pep talk before Friday night’s 60-36 win over visiting Oak Park, but decided against it.

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  • Fort Osage boys basketball coach Josh Wilson briefly considered having Betty Lennox give his players a pep talk before Friday night’s 60-36 win over visiting Oak Park, but decided against it.
    Indians senior D’Vante Mosby, for one, was glad Wilson didn’t bring in the former WNBA veteran.
    “No offense to anyone who wants to come speak to us, but if anyone should get us pumped up, it should be us – and it should be our seniors,” said Mosby, who led the Indians with 18 points and eight rebounds. “It should be us setting the example.”
    For the Indians to continue improving and hit their stride down the stretch, they “can’t rely on motivational speakers,” Mosby said.
    “Like it says on the (Fort Osage warm-up) shirt, (we should just) use us,” he said.
    Mosby’s position was in keeping with his attitude toward a recent personal achievement: crossing the 1,000 career point plateau. Although he called the achievement “pretty sweet,” he credited the hard work from his team in helping him reach it and said he “was trying to keep it on the down low, but Coach had different plans.”
    “Not really trying to bring some attention to myself,” said Mosby, who reached the milestone during Fort Osage’s 47-40 over Pleasant Hill last Saturday at William Jewell College. “I just want to get better.”
    Mosby said he would prefer to “maybe at the end of the season look back on it and say it was cool,” suggesting that discussing the achievement was a distraction. Mosby and his teammates have emphasized they “don’t like distractions,” according to Wilson.
    That’s why Wilson didn’t arrange for a pregame speech from Lennox, a 1995 Fort Osage graduate who was among four graduates honored at halftime during a Hall of Honor induction ceremony. That’s why he didn’t arrange for a speech from one of the other inductees, as he had also considered doing.
    “They’ve told me – game in and game out – they don’t want any special mention, they don’t want anything,” Wilson said. “They just want to go to work.”
    The Indians went to work by opening with an 8-2 run and leading 19-12 after one quarter. They then used an 11-0 second-quarter run to help build a 30-20 halftime lead.
    Then came the halftime induction ceremony. The other inductees included Larry Young, a former Olympic racewalker.
    For Lennox, “to be awarded with such a great honor and to be a part of the class that I’m a part of, to think that (they) nominated me to be a part of it (is) just amazing,” she said.
    After the ceremony, Fort Osage outscored Oak Park 19-11 to lead 49-31 after three quarters and 11-5 the final quarter to improve to 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the Suburban Middle Seven. The Northmen dropped to 2-7 and 1-2.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We started matching their intensity in the second half,” Wilson said. “And when we match intensity with people, it’s pretty tough.”
     
     
     
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