The fourth quarter went sour enough to cost Fort Osage’s girls basketball team its perfect record in the Suburban Middle Seven, as North Kansas City outscored the Indians 25-15 in the final period to post a 60-56 victory Monday night.
“We fouled too much, didn’t rebound and shot way too many jump shots,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said of the fourth after her team fell to 9-6 overall, 3-1 in the league. “It was a bad combination for our team.”
Asia Cole and Paige Bunn led Fort Osage with 13 points apiece. Siera Glassford added 12 and Raven Bunn 11. Selena Salas’ 21 paced the victorious Hornets.
LIBERTY 54, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 39: Two days after the teams played for third place at the Truman Invitational, the host Blue Jays turned the tables and stifled the Broncos for three quarters in the Suburban Big Six opener Monday.
Liberty built a 41-19 advantage by the end of the third quarter.
“We shot 18 percent in the first half – that won’t get you anywhere – and 24 for the game,” said North coach Tricia Lillygren, whose team won Saturday’s meeting 64-52. “Liberty played really well – got to hand it to them.”
Erica Nelson netted 14 points and Imani Johnson 11 for the Broncos (11-4 overall). Sydney Offield scored 13 and Jessica Rawie and Taylor Wetzel 12 apiece for Liberty.
“They zoned us up. They got an early lead and we couldn’t do anything – it didn’t matter if it was close or far,” Lillygren said. “We didn’t execute, and they outrebounded us. They just played a better game.”
OAK PARK 47, OAK GROVE 32: Oak Grove’s loss in the first round of the Grain Valley Eagles Sonic Showdown Monday marked the Panthers’ eighth in a row.
The Panthers fell to 3-12 overall and will face Raytown South, a 51-38 loser to Lincoln Prep, in a consolation game at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
BLUE SPRINGS 56, CARL JUNCTION 45: Brian Armstrong pumped in 21 points Saturday to help Blue Springs claim the title of Carl Junction’s CJ Classic tournament for the third straight year.
“Carl Junction is a lot like us,” Blue Springs coach Adam Jones said. “We matched up well. It was a great win. Carl Junction is a good team. We did all the right things.”
Kirk Finley added 13 points and Darius Vaughn contributed 10 for the Wildcats (9-5), who outscored Carl Junction 15-7 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win.
LANSING (KAN.) 67, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 59: It took a fourth-quarter rally by an undefeated team to stop Blue Springs South in Saturday’s finals of the Shawnee Mission (Kan.) West Viking Classic.
South led Lansing 46-41 after three quarters, but the 12-0 Lions went on a 26-13 tear over the final eight minutes to drop the Jaguars to 11-3.
“They made a couple of plays late and we had to foul,” South coach Jimmy Cain said. “They start five seniors off a team that lost one game last year. It was big game for us. Our kids played hard.”
Kevin Puryear fired in 24 points and K.J. Robinson added 12 to lead the Jaguars. Both were selected to the all-tournament team.
South trailed 20-12 after one quarter but rallied to grab a 36-32 halftime lead.