MARSHALL, Mo. – The Grain Valley boys and girls basketball teams had differing results in their season openers in the Marshall Tournament Monday.
The boys rolled to a 77-20 win over the Marshall junior varsity, while the girls team was edged 56-50 by the host Marshall varsity.
Cole Keller tallied 20 points seven rebounds and Josh Kilpatrick added 18 points to lead the boys team to the easy win.
“We did what we needed to do tonight,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “It’s a tough situation for both teams when a varsity plays a JV, but that’s the situation we were in and we made the best of it. I was pleased with the way our kids handled everything. We look forward to getting back at it Wednesday night.”
The Eagles raced to a 21-7 lead after one quarter and put it out of reach with a 40-11 halftime advantage.
Caden Matlon added 11 points, AJ Salisbury had nine and Seth Dankenbring chipped in with eight for the Eagles (1-0), who meet Sedalia Smith-Cotton at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The Grain Valley girls grabbed a 29-27 halftime lead but couldn’t hold on for the opening win. Marshall outscored the Eagles 13-7 in the third quarter to take control.
Brittney McKay scored 19 points to lead the Eagles (0-1).
“Brittney had a real good game,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “This was Marshall’s second game. For it being our first, it wasn’t bad. We have a lot to feel good about and we can build off that. We absolutely get after it and that’s a good sign.”
Kendra Sibert and Keely Hill each added eight points.