Grain Valley girls basketball coach Randy Draper said his team played its best basketball all season in the Class 4 District 13 tournament.
However, it wasn’t enough to get the Eagles a win Tuesday night as they fell to Moberly 48-38 in the semifinals at Oak Grove High School.
Grain Valley trailed 17-8 at the end of the first quarter and 27-18 at halftime. The Eagles cut it to 32-27 going into the fourth but couldn’t get any closer.
“I was really pleased with the way we played,” said Draper, whose team ended the season with a 14-12 record. “(Moberly) is really good. I felt like we played as well as we have all year. I think our kids feel good about how we played. Our goal is to play our basketball during this time and we met that.”
Kendra Sibert led the Eagles with 12 points and Kyle Bohmer added eight.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 42, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 40: The Lee’s Summit North girls basketball team held off a late rally to earn a spot in the district championship.
The Broncos took a 29-24 lead into the final period and staved off Raymore-Peculiar’s late rally for a win in the Class 5 District 13 semifinals Tuesday night at Raymore-Peculiar High School.
North led 9-5 after one quarter before Ray-Pec cut it to 20-19 at halftime. Another 9-5 advantage in the third quarter gave the Broncos their five-point lead heading into the final period.
Aiyana Johnson scored 17 points to power the Broncos, who improved to 19-5. Tiana Gipson added 10 and Alexis Griffin contributed eight for second-seeded North, which advances to Friday’s 5:30 p.m. championship against top-seeded Lee’s Summit West (19-5), a 44-27 winner over Belton.