The Truman boys basketball team had a balanced scoring effort with four players scoring in double figures as they rolled to a 68-54 victory over the North Kansas City Hornets in the consolation finals of the North Kansas City Invitational.
Kaimen Lennox led Truman with 24 points, followed by Jeilel Phillips with 18, Don Edmondson with 13 and Sam Billimon with 10.
Truman (7-8) led Northtown 17-9 after the first period, but the Hornets cut the deficit to 30-26 by halftime. The Patriots pushed the lead to 47-34 fourth and held on for the win.
“It was a nice team win tonight, and we really started to come together and figure out what it takes,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “The (49-46) win over (Raymore-Peculiar Wednesday) was the win that got us over the hump. Tonight, we put together four good quarters.”
SHAWNEE MISSION WEST 63, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 60: The Jaguars fell to 9-6 on the season after a loss to host Shawnee Mission West (Kan.) in the semifinals of the Shawnee Mission West Viking Classic Thursday.
South led 14-13 after the first quarter and went into halftime up 29-28. The Jaguars extended the lead to 46-38 going into the fourth before the Vikings stormed back to take the win in the fourth.
OAK GROVE 73, ODESSA 55: Oak Grove got off to a fast start and cruised to a Missouri River Valley Conference West home win over rival Odessa Thursday.
The Panthers grabbed a 23-9 lead after one quarter on the way to improving to 11-2 overall with its fifth straight win and 11th in the last 12 games and 2-0 in the conference.
“We really had balanced scoring and got off to a hot start and never looked back,” Oak Grove coach Ty Hames said.
Ely Wycoff and Brenden Marsh each scored 16 points to lead the Panthers. Trey Bryant added 15 and Tully Thomsen had 13.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 73, LIBERTY 50: The Broncos improved to 12-2 overall after a blowout of the Blue Jays in a non-conference contest Thursday.
Javaunte Hawkins and Mikel Henderson each had 16 points to lead North.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 47, RAYMORE-PECULIAR 36: The Jaguars held the Panthers to five points or less in the first and third quarters and that was the difference in a Suburban Big Six victory Thursday.
The Jaguars led 7-5 at the end of the first period and went into halftime up 24-20. They pushed the lead to 34-24 entering the fourth quarter.
“Ray-Pec hit some shots in the first and we did a better job defending in the second half,” Jaguars coach Kory Lower said. “We knew (the Panthers) were going to be much improved, so this win was big. I was also pleased that we were 15 of 16 from the free-throw line.”
Logan Abernathy led the Jaguars (9-5, 3-0) with 14 points, Seneea Bevley added 10 and Hannah Smith and Elizabeth Ernsting each had nine.
NORTH KANSAS CITY 46, FORT OSAGE 25: Fort Osage head coach Lindsay Thompson said her team played 22 great minutes Thursday but it wasn’t enough in a loss to Suburban Middle six foe North Kansas City Thursday.
Fort Osage stormed to a 13-4 lead after the first period, but didn’t score in the second as the Hornets led 18-13 at halftime. Northtown then ballooned the lead to 35-18 going into the fourth.
Alecia Monday led Fort Osage (6-7, 2-3) with 13 points and Kiyley Flowers added eight. University of Kansas commit Chandler Prater had a game-high 16 points for No. 2 state-ranked Northtown.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 63, FORT SCOTT 18: The Bears had little trouble advancing to the semifinals of the Frontenac (Kan.) National Guard Tournament Thursday as they trounced Fort Scott (Kan.) to improve to 13-1 on the season.
Jacque David led Chrisman with 12 points, Krysta McAlister added 11, Jolee Spinks chipped in with 10 and Gia Moore had nine. All 11 Chrisman players logged minutes and 10 scored.
The Bears will play at 5:30 p.m. today in the semifinals.
MOUNT VERNON 60, BLUE SPRINGS 44: The Wildcats were outscored by 19 points combined in the second and third quarters as they fell to the Mountaineers in the first round of the Frontenac (Kan.) National Guard Tournament Thursday.
Mount Vernon led 13-7 after the first quarter and ballooned the lead to 37-21 at halftime. The Mountaineers extended that lead to 56-30 going into the fourth as they cruised to rout.
Aliyah Bello led Blue Springs (5-5) with nine points and Jayla Sample and Ja’Cole Johnson chipped in with eight apiece.
STALEY 44, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 40: The Broncos got 18 points from forward Anija Frazier but it wasn’t enough in a loss to the Falcons in the third-place game of the Blue Valley (Kan.) North KA-MO Classic Thursday.
Staley led 15-9 after the first period, but the Broncos (3-10) cut the deficit to 24-21 at halftime. North trimmed it to 32-30 going into the fourth but the Falcons held on for the victory.
Lauren Draney added 10 points for North.
On Wednesday, the Broncos fell to Blue Valley North 65-31 in the semifinals. Frazier led North with 11 points.