After a fantastic start to the season, the Grain Valley boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 53-38 to Kearney in a non-conference game on the road Tuesday.
The Bulldogs led 9-5 after the first quarter and ballooned the lead to 23-13 at halftime. Grain Valley (13-1) cut the advantage to nine going into the fourth before Kearney pulled away.
“Kearney outplayed us,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said. “We never got into a rhythm and struggled all night offensively. We got away from some of the things that we'd been doing so well, but understand Kearney had a lot to do with that. We've overcome different kinds of adversity all year, I expect will do the same after tonight.”
Andru Garrett led the Eagles with 15 points and also grabbed six rebounds and Tate Collum added 13 points.
COLUMBIA ROCK BRIDGE 79, TRUMAN 45: Truman couldn’t overcome a first-quarter hole Monday, falling to Rock Bridge in the first round of the North Kansas City Invitational.
The Bruins grabbed a 26-13 lead after one quarter and led the Patriots 48-22 at halftime.
"We just did not defend them well,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “I felt our team played hard and as a team so I am proud of that. We need to fix our interior defense."
Kaimen Lennox scored 13 points and Keaton Wiley added eight to lead Truman, which meets Raymore-Peculiar at 3:30 p.m. today in a consolation bracket game.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 67, SHAWNEE MISSION WEST 48: Tiana Gipson continued her recent hot streak to propel Lee’s Summit North to a rout of Shawnee Mission West in the first round of the KA-MO Classic Tuesday at Blue Valley North High School.
Gipson fired in 27 points to lead the Broncos (8-3). Aiyana Johnson added 18 points and Anija Frazier had 12.
North meets Staley in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.