The Fort Osage girls basketball team remains in the hunt for the Suburban Middle Seven title. But Thursday’s win didn’t come easily.

The host Indians outscored Raytown 14-5 in the fourth quarter to post a tough 44-41 victory Thursday night.

“It was ugly, but we’ll take it,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said after her team improved to 4-1 in the conference while moving to 10-6 overall. “We had to grind it out. We didn’t play our best basketball tonight, but the girls stayed focused.”

Raven Bunn posted 14 points, three rebounds and five steals to lead the Indians. Asia Cole added 10 points, four blocks and seven rebounds and Paige Bunn had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Raytown led 26-22 at halftime and 36-30 after three quarters.

LIBERTY 58, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 56: Visiting Liberty outscored William Chrisman 19-14 in the final period to edge the Bears in a non-conference game Thursday.

Chrisman dropped to 8-9 overall despite 20 points from Adreon Bell and 15 from Bri Burns.

Liberty outscored the Bears by eight points at the free-throw line – making 24 of 37 shots to 16 of 24. Chrisman hit four 3-pointers to Liberty’s two and led 23-16 in rebounds.

Chrisman outscored Liberty 21-17 in the third quarter to erase a 22-21 halftime deficit and grab a 42-39 lead.

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 70, LEE’S SUMMIT 44: Visiting North was in command throughout in posting a Suburban Big Six victory over the rival Tigers Thursday.

Erica Nelson fired in 19 points, Imani Johnson added 12, Aaliyah Johnson had 11 and Jaden Powell chipped in seven to power the Broncos (12-4, 1-1), who led 29-13 at halftime.


PLEASANT HILL 61, VAN HORN 43: A poor first half cost Van Horn in a consolation bracket game of the Grain Valley Eagles Sonic Showdown.

“It was our worst game of the season,” Falcons coach Daniel Bieser said of Thursday night’s loss that eliminated the Falcons (5-9) from the tournament.

Isaiah Gotsis scored 11 points to lead Van Horn. Anthony Winningham and Jordan Spencer added 10 each and Marquis Collins had eight.

Pleasant Hill raced to a 35-13 halftime lead and advanced to Saturday’s fifth-place game against Oak Grove, a 47-14 winner over ACE Prep.