The Grain Valley boys basketball team kicked off their season the way coach Andy Herbert wanted.
In the first round of the Marshall Tournament, the Eagles knocked off Sedalia Sacred Heart 55-48 thanks to a first half in which the Eagles outscored the Gremlins 25-16 Tuesday.
Josh Quintrell led the team with 14 points, followed by Ethan Macoubrie with 13 and Jacob Salisbury with seven.
“Great to get a win under our belt,” Herbert said. “Sacred Heart is really good every year, extremely well coached, so when you can have success against them you know you've done something. We were pretty tough defensively tonight. We'll have to have two good days of preparation to get ready for Jeff City on Friday.”
ROCKHURST 79, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 74: The Broncos splashed home 14 3-pointers but it wasn’t enough to knock off the host Rockhurst Hawklets in a season-opening loss Tuesday.
Javaunte Hawkins paced the Broncos offense with six 3-balls and 20 points and Logan Jenkins added a trio of treys and 14 points.
“From a fan’s perspective, it had to be a really fun game to watch,” North coach Mike Hilbert said.
OAK GROVE 65, RICHMOND 37: Jaxon Althaus scored 15 points as Oak Grove rolled in its season opener Tuesday at Richmond.
"We played really well defensively and had great energy," Panthers coach Ty Hames said. "We really hit the defensive glass and didn't turn the ball over and shot the ball well."
Dylon Pfeifer added 11 points and Kenton Wilhoit had nine to help lead a balanced attack.
PEMBROKE HILL 56, FORT OSAGE 35: The Fort Osage girls tried to avenge a regular season-loss earlier in the season to the Raiders but were unable to do so in a loss in the consolation round of the Marshall Tournament.
Hailey Chase paced the Indians (0-3) with 14 points and Alecia Monday added eight.