• Prep basketball roundup: Eagles earn return trip to finals

  • The Grain Valley girls basketball team is going back to the championship of the Pleasant Hill Invitational.

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  • The Grain Valley girls basketball team is going back to the championship of the Pleasant Hill Invitational.
    For the second consecutive season, the Eagles punched a ticket to the title game by downing Odessa 45-42 in the semifinals on Thursday.
    “It was a tough game,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “We had played them last week (a 45-25 Grain Valley win). We did what we had to do.”
    Sarah Turner’s eight points led a balanced Grain Valley offense. Rachel Reddell, Darby Scharfenkamp and Mariah Hernandez scored six apiece while Kaitlin Williams and Chandler Huttinger both finished with five.
    The Eagles (7-4) will play Pleasant Hill at 4 p.m. Saturday for the championship.
    WILLIAM CHRISMAN 67, OAK PARK 37: The host Bears finally kicked a four-game losing slide with a Suburban Middle Seven Conference win.
    Nieka Wheeler, who was honored Thursday for scoring her 1,000th career point in Monday’s 56-51 loss to Staley, poured in 22 points, grabbed six rebounds and poked away three steals to lead Chrisman. McKenzie Erikson added a career-high 16 points, Dasia Young finished with nine points and Asia Young added eight. Andrea Quarles also chipped in with four assists and four rebounds.
    “We did a good job of putting together four solid quarters,” Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson said.
    LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 40, SEDALIA SMITH-COTTON 29: Erica Nelson tied her career-high with 21 points to lead host North to the Big Six victory.
    “We played great defense and struggled a little bit offensively in the second and third quarters,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said.
    “We hit some free throws down the stretch. Nelson was 5-of-6 – that capped it off.”
    Imani Johnson added 13 points for North (7-3).
    EAST BUCHANAN 59, VAN HORN 24: Van Horn bowed out of the Lathrop Tournament with the loss Wednesday night.
    “We dug ourselves a big hole early,” Van Horn coach Julie Crowell said. “We had way too many turnovers and never really got into the game. We put them in the one-and-one bonus early in the first quarter.”
    Van Horn (4-10) trailed 35-15 at halftime. Kelsey Edwards scored 11 points to lead the Falcons.
    Daniel Mahurin scored 17 points to pace the Grain Valley boys basketball team to a 41-28 victory over Pembroke Hill in the consolation round of the Pleasant Hill Invitational on Thursday.
    Grain Valley (4-7) trailed 13-9 at halftime but outscored Pembroke Hill 14-6 in the third quarter and 18-9 in the fourth. Jordan Mahurin added seven points for the Eagles.
    “It was a little sloppy,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “But we played much better in the second half.”
    The Eagles will play for fifth place against Belton at 9 tonight.  
    Page 2 of 2 - ST. JOSEPH LAFAYETTE 74, FORT OSAGE 59: Class 4 No. 2-ranked Lafayette ended the Indians’ three-game winning streak in the semifinals of the Bulldog Classic at Kearney High School.
    Nathan Iloilo registered a career-high 17 points in the loss and D'Vante Mosby totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds.
    Lafayette shot 10-of-16 from behind the 3-point line while the Indians went 10-of-20 at the free-throw stripe.
    "We didn't do the little things," Fort coach Josh Wilson said.
    Fort (9-4) will play Cameron for third place at 4 p.m. Saturday.
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