The Fort Osage boys basketball team showed some fight in the second half but was unable to get by host Liberty Tuesday.
Liberty, which started the game on a 10-0 run, led 41-27 at halftime but the Indians cut the deficit to eight points twice in the second half. The Blue Jays responded with a 3-pointer and pulled away for an 85-61 victory.
“We fought hard but we were without (senior forward Xavier) Kahube and that made it a little more difficult,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “He tweaked a leg in practice and had surgery on his leg in the offseason, so we’re trying to take it easy with him early.”
Triston Turner scored 20 points, Miles Dunfield added 12 and Chase Quinn had 10 to lead the Indians (0-2).
Liberty (2-0) sank 10 3-pointers.
OAK GROVE 77, BROOKFIELD 54: Tully Thomsen had a big double-double, reached a milestone and led a second-half surge as Oak Grove downed Brookfield in the first round of the Husker Invitational at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville Monday.
Thomsen poured in 48 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Panthers (1-1) advanced to Thursday’s 7 p.m. semifinal against host Lafayette County. Thomsen surpassed 1,000 points for his career with his big night.
Leading just 35-34 at halftime, the Panthers took control with an 18-8 run in the third quarter for a 53-42 lead.
"It was a tale of two halves tonight for us but we played our best basketball of the year so far in the second half tonight,” Oak Grove coach Dustin Fox said. “Tully obviously stepped up offensively while some of our other starters were battling foul trouble all night, and we had massive bench contributions in the second half to allow us to gain separation. I'm proud of our defensive effort in the second half, it showed we were engaged constantly.
“... Congrats to an extremely hard working kid and great young man (Thomsen) I'm proud to be able to coach."
Brenden Marsh nearly had a triple-double with eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Oak Grove.
OLATHE EAST 45, BLUE SPRINGS 36: Blue Springs couldn’t recover from a slow second quarter and lost to host Olathe (Kan.) East in the first round of the Olathe East Tournament.
Blue Springs trailed 6-4 after the first quarter and Olathe East blew it open with an 18-7 advantage in the second period.
Jada Williams scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats (1-3).
OAK GROVE 61, LEXINGTON 15: Oak Grove cruised to a 19-2 lead after one quarter and cruised to a victory over Lexington in the first round of the Husker Invitational Tuesday at Lafayette County High School in Higginsville.
Jordan Richards scored 16 points, Mya Blansit added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals and Kealyn Wilkinson had nine points to lead the Panthers (2-1).
Oak Grove meets Cameron in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday.
ST. MICHAEL 71, UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 14: Audrey Maglich led a balanced attack as St. Michael the Archangel Catholic remained undefeated by dominating University Academy for a home win Tuesday.
Maglich was one of four in double figures for the Guardians (4-0), including Sara LaJaunie (13 points), Clare Scheier (12) and Victoria Swingle (11).