A third-quarter surge propelled the William Chrisman girls basketball team into the championship game of the Savannah Invitational.

The Bears led 17-15 at halftime but outscored Smithville 17-3 in the third quarter to take control on the way to a 43-36 win.

Jacque David scored 15 points and Amanda Szopinski added eight to lead the Bears, who held off a charge by the Warriors in the fourth quarter to improve to 2-0.

Chrisman will face Staley or Chillicothe in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Savannah.

GRAIN VALLEY 49, SEDALIA SMITH-COTTON 41: The Grain Valley girls finished second in the Marshall Tournament after a win against the Tigers Thursday.

Marshall won the round robin tournament.

Against the Tigers, Grain Valley led 13-7 after the first period and extended the advantage to 27-20 at halftime. The Eagles then jumped ahead 41-28 going into the fourth.

Kendra Sibert led all scorers with 22 points, Gracie LaForge added 12 and Brittney McKay chipped in seven.

“I’ve been pleased with us this week,” Grain Valley head coach Randy Draper said. “We’re aggressive. We’re not always perfect, but we try to play our way through mistakes. Gracie has improved so much since last year. I know she had to have double digit rebounds. And Sibert did a good job with the basketball.”


LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 77, FATHER TOLTON 64: Lee’s Summit North’s Javaunte Hawkins and Mikel Henderson made quite the duo against Columbia Father Tolton Catholic in the first round of the Phog Allen Invitational.

Hawkins had a team-high 25 points while Henderson added 24 in a 77-64 win over the Trailblazers Thursday at William Chrisman High School. North will play against Truman in the semifinals at 8:30 p.m. today.

North led 17-15 after the first period and held a narrow 37-36 lead at halftime. The Broncos pushed the advantage to 57-49 heading into the fourth, a period they won 20-15.

Christian Carter was the other North player in double figures with 10.