Despite a loss in the Class 4 District 14 semifinals Wednesday night, the future appears to be bright for the Oak Grove boys basketball team.

Despite a loss in the Class 4 District 14 semifinals Wednesday night, the future appears to be bright for the Oak Grove boys basketball team.

The Panthers, with sophomore Eric Gant firing in a school-record seven 3-pointers, hung tough with top-seeded Warrensburg before falling 78-68 Wednesday night.

“We gave ’em all we had,” Oak Grove coach Jerry Girdner said after his young team finished 7-18. “I’m really proud of the guys. We were peaking at the right time, we just ran into a good team.”

Gant finished with 21 points, while junior Derrick Higgins posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oak Grove. Senior Landon Grego added 15 points and freshman while freshman Jordan Douglas contributed 11.

“I’m real excited,” Girdner said, referring to next season. “Our freshmen and sophomores are working real well together. All the kids played well tonight, and we’re real proud of them.”

Oak Grove, which committed only nine turnovers, led 25-24 at halftime but Warrensburg outscored the Panthers 20-11 in the third period to take control.

“Our game plan was to zone them and the guys did a tremendous job with it,” Girdner said. “But give Warrensburg credit, they made a great halftime adjustment to it, and our guys failed to re-adjust back to what they did. We switched back to man and made it a game in the fourth.”

Warrensburg outscored the Panthers 34-32 in the final quarter to hang on.

PLEASANT HILL 52, OAK GROVE GIRLS 23: Senior Taylor Vickers recorded another double-double but it turned out to be her final high school game in a Class 4 District 14 semifinal loss to Pleasant Hill.

Tied 6-6 after one quarter, Pleasant Hill went on a quarter-long 24-9 run in the second to take command.

“They’re really good and they played well,” Panthers coach Aaron Neeser said of Pleasant Hill. “But I’m proud of the kids and proud of the season they put together. We took a huge step forward this year.”

Oak Grove, after winning just four games last year, finished 9-17. Junior Niki Baxter scored a team-high 11 points, while Vickers posted 10 points and 10 rebounds despite being double- and triple-teamed much of the night.

“Taylor has meant a lot to our program,” Neeser said. “She is a great kid and a better person. We’re going to miss her. She’s been the best leader I’ve ever had.”

Kendra Wesemann fired in 20 points to lead top-seeded Pleasant Hill, which meets No. 2 Grain Valley in Friday’s 6 p.m. championship.