The Grain Valley girls basketball team continued its recent surge, and the Oak Grove girls continued their season-long slide.

The Grain Valley girls basketball team continued its recent surge, and the Oak Grove girls continued their season-long slide.
Grain Valley avenged a season-opening loss to Warrensburg, downing the Tigers 54-45 Monday night at Grain Valley High School in the opening round of its own Grain Valley Eagle Sonic Showdown.
Oak Grove dropped to 2-12 overall with a 52-12 loss to O’Hara in the first round of the tournament.
Paige Mead tallied a team-high 13 points and 10 rebounds to spark Grain Valley (11-4) to its 10th win in its last 12 games.
“This was a real big win for us,” Eagles coach Steve Broughton said. “We had lost (58-44) in the first game of the season to Warrensburg. We have improved since the season opener. I am proud of the girls. They played a really good game all-around.”
Ashley Bundren added 10 points and Taylor Lipps chipped in nine for the Eagles, who held on after taking a 15-8 lead after the first quarter.
The Eagles advance to a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday semifinal matchup against Lincoln Prep, a 62-55 winner over Knob Noster.
O’HARA 52, OAK GROVE 12: Oak Grove couldn’t recover from a 17-4 first-quarter deficit in the first-round loss in the Sonic Showdown Monday at Grain Valley Middle School.
“Offensively we couldn’t get anything going,” Panthers coach Aaron Neeser said. “We didn’t take care of the ball very well, which led to a lot of easy buckets (for O’Hara).”
Marnie Brodzinski’s four points led the Panthers (2-12), who meet Pleasant Hill, a 57-42 loser to Odessa, in a consolation-bracket game at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Grain Valley Middle School.
Cornelius Randle, Tori Hurtt and Alex Smith each scored 10 points to lead O’Hara, which plays Odessa in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Grain Valley High School.
FORT OSAGE 58, OAK PARK 56: Kelcy Vanarsdall sank the last of her game-high 22 points with one second left to lift Fort Osage to a non-conference win over Oak Park Monday.
Brooke Farmer sank a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to tie it, and the Indians got a steal to set up Vanarsdall’s winning basket.
“We would go three steps back and two forward in this game,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We didn’t take the lead until the last shot of the game.”
Farmer finished with 13 points for the Indians, who outscored Oak Park 26-15 in the final quarter to erase a 41-32 deficit after the third period.
Amber Dreher scored 20 points to lead Oak Park (4-11).
Oak Park won the junior varsity game, 35-29.
PARK HILL SOUTH 40, TRUMAN 38: A slow start doomed short-handed Truman, which suffered its first conference loss.
The Patriots (10-7) fell behind 11-2 after one period, but rallied to take the lead in the fourth quarter only to lose it and fall to 3-1 in the Suburban Big Six, a half game behind Park Hill South and rival William Chrisman at 4-1.
“We only had two free throws in the first quarter,” Truman coach Pete Hile said. “We battled back in the fourth and had the lead but couldn’t sustain it. With only six and a half kids and games (last) Friday, Saturday and today, we were just tired.”
Becca Strobbe scored 11 points to lead the Patriots.
Courtney Stout fired in 19 points to lead the Panthers (9-6).
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 54, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 36: Rebounding and defense and 23 points from Annie Sayers ignited Lee’s Summit North to a Suburban Big Seven win over the visiting Jaguars Monday.
“I was really thrilled with our rebounding and defense,” North coach Tricia Lillygren said. “We’ve been preaching that over the course of the last week, and the kids did a great job on it tonight.”
Tied 10-10 after one quarter, the Broncos (8-9, 3-4 Big Seven) outscored South 19-8 in the second period and sealed it with a 13-7 advantage in the third.
“We were distributing the ball well, making good connections,” Lillygren said of the difference in the second quarter. “We also hit a prayer at the halftime buzzer and got another one at the end of the third. So it was our night, I guess.”
Ashley Creason added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds and Natalie Johnson posted nine points to help spark North, which sank 17 of 21 free throws.
Brynn Abram and Sarah Wakeman each scored eight points to lead the Jaguars (4-12, 1-5).
“We had a lack of effort, passion and intensity,” Jaguars coach Fawna Harrison said. “It was our poorest defensive performance of the season. When you can’t score, you’ve got to guard somebody.”