• Prep basketball roundup: Pats dominate Middle Six opener

  • The Truman girls basketball team overpowered Park Hill in Monday night’s Suburban Middle Six Conference opener.

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  • The Truman girls basketball team overpowered Park Hill in Monday night’s Suburban Middle Six Conference opener.
    The Class 5 No. 3-ranked Patriots rolled to a 59-20 victory at Park Hill High School for their 12th consecutive win. Ashley Guenther scored 13 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter as Truman got off to a 24-4 lead. Abby Hix and Becca Jonas registered 10 points apiece for the Pats (12-0, 1-0 conference), Kayla Harrell added eight and Darci Kern finished with six. Jonas also hauled in 10 rebounds while Guenther yanked down eight and Brooke Parton swiped six steals.
    “We shared the ball really well,” Truman coach Steve Cassity said. “We were real efficient offensively, in the first half in particular.”
    The loss drops Park Hill to 2-9 and 0-1 in Middle Six play.
    LIBERTY 39, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 30: The Jaguars couldn’t overcome a 24-15 halftime deficit in Monday’s Suburban Big Six Conference game at Liberty High School.
    Cloe Lane and Remy Davenport led South (6-3, 0-1) with eight points each while Shelby Murtha paced the Blue Jays (8-2, 2-0) with nine.
    GRAIN VALLEY 58, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 25: The Eagles breezed to a 34-9 halftime lead and coasted to a first-round victory in the Pleasant Hill Tournament on Monday.
    Sarah Turner finished with 14 points and Aerreon Parker totaled 11 to lift Grain Valley (6-4).
    “We have been playing pretty well and have to keep it up,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “We have made big strides.”
    STALEY 56, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 51: A disastrous fourth quarter sent the Bears to their fourth straight loss in a Suburban Middle Seven Conference defeat Monday at Staley.
    Chrisman (5-6, 1-2) built a 27-15 lead at halftime, but the Falcons pulled to within 39-32 at the end of the third and outscored the Bears 24-12 in the fourth.
    “For 16 minutes we played the best basketball we have played so far,” Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson said. “We must figure out how to play tough for all 32 minutes.”
    Nieka Wheeler led Chrisman with 28 points and eight rebounds. Sykea Horn also chipped in 11 points.
    ST. JOSEPH LAFAYETTE 57, FORT OSAGE 56: Shay Ward’s late 3-pointer helped Lafayette clip the Indians in overtime in a tense first-round game in the Bulldog Classic Monday at Kearney.
    “We had our chances,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We were down by eight going into the fourth quarter and came back to tie it and force the overtime. We fought hard but came up short.”
    Raven Bunn collected 17 points, Alli Ventresca 10 and Sierra Glassford nine in leading a balanced Fort attack. Bunn also seized seven rebounds.
    The loss ended a four-game winning streak for the Indians (6-5), who will meet Chillicothe at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - O’HARA 47, OAK GROVE 41: The Panthers got their offense going but not until it was too late in a road loss on Monday.
    Oak Grove scored only two points in the first quarter, trailed 19-9 at halftime and 33-16 after three before outscoring O’Hara 25-13 in the final period.
    Jenny Carpenter paced the Panthers (3-6) with 14 points and Jordyn Anspach contributed 11.
    Tyler Anderson picked a good time for a career high.
    He pumped in 28 points to lead host Lee’s Summit North to a tight 62-61 victory over Hogan Prep Monday night.
    Amaad Wainwright fueled the Rams with 31 points.
    North (8-2) held on to a 47-43 lead after three quarters.
    Hogan Prep used nine 3-pointers to keep the game close.
    LAWSON 71, ST. MARY’S 59: Host Lawson outscored the Trojans 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 51-32 lead and went on to secure a first-round win in the Lawson Invitational Tournament on Monday.
    “We played hard,” St. Mary’s coach Carlos Paige said. “They made their free throws.”
    Antonio Johnson had 17 points, Sam Kenney 14 and Easton Aspergen 10 to lead the Trojans (4-8). They have a consolation bracket game at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 85, NEOSHO 45: The Bears sprinted to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and outscored Neosho 36-15 in the second on the way to snapping a six-game losing streak with a victory in the seventh-place game of the Kaminsky Classic Saturday at Joplin High School.
    Five players scored in double figures for Chrisman (2-9) with Alex Ball, Chris Horn and Elyzer Grullon leading with 13. Brett Pendergist and Eli Alvis added 12 apiece.
    “We really came out focused and sharp and got a lot of layups from our defense and attacking through our transition,” Bears coach John Vickers said. “Everyone played well and made positive contributions. Hopefully, we build off of this as we get into the conference race.”