The Fort Osage boys basketball team didn’t start off each half of Wednesday’s game the way coach Josh Wilson intended.
The result was a 68-53 home loss to the Belton Pirates.
“We started out the game with five turnovers on our first five possessions,” Wilson said after his team fell to 0-3 with the non-conference loss. “We made a nice little comeback and then we started the first three possessions of the second half with three straight turnovers. And they took advantage with buckets on the other end.”
The Indians fell behind 17-7 after one quarter and trailed by as much as 18 in the first half before cutting it to 10 later in the third quarter. But that was as close as they would come.
Dez Griswold scored 11 points and Isaiah Wilson added 10 to lead the Indians.
Fort Osage won the junior varsity matchup 68-53.
VAN HORN 62, KNOB NOSTER 61: Van Horn held off Knob Noster’s fourth-quarter charge to claim a non-conference road win Tuesday.
Sam Baker and Terrion Seddens each scored 15 points to lead the Falcons to the win the tight game.
Van Horn trailed 27-26 at halftime but outscored the Panthers 19-16 in the third quarter to grab a 45-43 lead. Baker had five points and Seddens and Joe Crocker had four each in the final period to help the Falcons hang on.
Crocker finished with 10 points and Xavier Munro added nine.
LAWRENCE 78, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 74: Javaunte Hawkins set a school record for 3-pointers in a game but it still wasn’t enough to lift Lee’s Summit North in an offensive battle with Lawrence (Kan.) in the first round of the Blue Valley (Kan.) Shootout Tuesday night.
Hawkins, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, drained seven 3-pointers on his was to a personal-best 23 points to lead the Broncos.
The Broncos fell behind 20-11 after one quarter but erupted offensively for a 31-19 advantage in the second quarter to grab a 42-39 lead. Lawrence surged back into the lead with an 18-12 edge in the third and held off the Broncos to advance to the semifinals.
North meets Wyandotte of Kansas City, Kan., in a consolation semifinal at 5 p.m. today.