• High school basketball roundup: Fort Osage cruises to conference win

  • The visiting Fort Osage girls basketball team had no trouble posting a Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night.

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  • The visiting Fort Osage girls basketball team had no trouble posting a Suburban Middle Seven victory Monday night.
    Paige Bunn scored 16 points, Raven Bunn added 12, Sierra Glassford contributed nine and Asia Cole had eight as the Indians (10-9, 3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 58-18 rout.
    “It was good to play everybody,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said. “We got good minutes off the bench. We had 19 assists.”
    Fort Osage raced to a 38-9 halftime lead.
    GRAIN VALLEY 55, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 26: An impressive second half pleased Grain Valley coach Randy Draper.
    Rachel Reddell scored 13 points, and the Eagles outscored the visiting Tigers 28-9 in the half to improve to within 14-7 and remain in contention for the Missouri River Valley Conference West title at 4-1.
    “I thought the second half was the easiest we had played offensively in over a week,” he said. “It looked simple again. People who were open got (the ball) and we went from there.”
    Mariah Hernandez and Kelsi Hill each added eight points to help power the Eagles.
    ST. MARY’S 66, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 47: Three players led the way as the host St. Mary’s Trojans (6-14, 2-5) snapped a six-game losing streak.
    Shayla Jochum scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 13 steals to spark the Trojans. Alexis Sirna added 15 points and 10 rebounds and Nina Gavoli had 15 points and 10 steals to help St. Mary’s to the easy Crossroads Conference victory.
    “We did a good job anticipating the pass,” St. Mary’s coach Krista Daniels said. “The bench did a good job coming in and playing different possessions. It was a good team effort.”
    The Trojans jumped to a 30-21 halftime lead.
    SUMMIT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 33, VAN HORN 32: SCA outscored the host Falcons 12-4 in the second quarter for a 23-18 lead and held on for the Crossroads Conference victory Friday night.
    Kelsey Edwards totaled 13 points to pace Van Horn (4-14, 0-5).
    “We actually played well (Friday),” Van Horn coach Julie Crowell said. “We were all pulling for us to try and eke out a win. We did some things defensively that we worked on in practice the past two days, so I was pleased with the girls’ efforts there.”
    Wade Johnson continued his hot shooting as the St. Mary’s boys basketball team claimed its first Crossroads Conference victory of the season Monday night.
    He fired in 23 points, Drew Huttinger added a career-high 22 and Antonio Johnson chipped in 13 to pace the Trojans to a 76-60 victory over Heritage Christian Academy Monday night.
    Johnson has scored 113 points in the last five games.
    “It was an excellent win in preparation for districts,” St. Mary’s coach Carlos Paige said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Trojans (7-13, 1-5) were in command 43-23 at halftime.
    On Friday, St. Mary’s was within striking distance of a victory until the fourth quarter. Then host Maranatha Academy outscored the Trojans 21-8 over the final eight minutes to post a 66-54 Crossroads Conference victory.
    “The guys played hard,” Paige said. “It came down to a few possessions at the end, and we didn’t take care of the ball. But I think we all learned from it.”
    Wade Johnson pumped in 24 points and Antonio Johnson added 12 to lead the Trojans.
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