After going about 10 days without having played a game, the Grain Valley girls basketball team got an opportunity to knock off the rust in the North Central Missouri College Shooout.

The Eagles ended up cruising to a 45-23 victory over Richmond Thursday.

Kendra Sibert led Grain Valley (4-4) with 10 points and Sydney William added eight.

“It was good to get to play again,” Grain Valley head coach Randy Draper said. “I thought … we didn’t look too bad for having some time off. I thought our pace was pretty good and we got to play a lot of kids.”

COLUMBIA HICKMAN 41, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 30: As had been the case for the Jaguars all season, they struggled on offense.

They only scored two points in the second quarter and 15 points in the second half during a loss to the Kewpies in the first round of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Invitational girls basketball tournament in Jefferson City.

Derrian Ford led the Jaguars (2-5) with 11 points.

“We just had a hard time scoring the ball,” South coach Kory Lower said. “We gave up 28 points to one girl and didn’t defend very well.”


GRAIN VALLEY 45, RICHMOND 40: Richmond made a late surge in the third quarter but the Eagles were able to hold them off for a win in the North Central Missouri College Shootout Thursday at Trenton.

Caden Melton led the Eagles (9-0) with 14 points and Andru Garrett added nine. Ethan Macoubrie led he team with 10 rebounds and Kevin Gutierrez dished a team high five assists.

Richmond led 6-5 after the first quarter but Grain Valley stormed back for a 19-14 halftime lead. Richmond cut the Eagles’ advantage to 32-30 going into the fourth before Grain Valley sealed it.

“We didn’t play particularly well,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. Coming off a break, it’s always a little bit rusty. “Our kids hung in there and fought back. (Richmond) had a kid go nuts in the third and fourth quarter. Once we got him under control in the last 4 minutes of the game, we were able to get some stops and make some free throws. “