The Truman girls basketball team bounced back from a first-round loss in the De Soto (Kan.) Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic with a big win.
The Patriots built a 38-13 halftime lead on the strength of a 23-3 run and cruised to a 57-30 rout of Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) in a consolation semifinal Wednesday night.
The Patriots sank 4 of 7 3-pointers in the first half on the way to improving to 5-1 overall.
Taliyah Scott fired in 20 points, Deon Monroe added 18 points, four rebounds and two assists, Cecelia Mora had 10 points and seven rebounds and Trinity Harrison contributed six points and six rebounds to lead Truman.
The Patriots meet Blue Valley (Kan.) Southwest in the consolation final at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
In the 47-33 first-round loss to Olathe (Kan.) Northwest, Monroe had 13 points and Scott added 10.
LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 54, ST. TERESA’S 41: Lee’s Summit North pulled away after a close first half to defeat the host Stars in a non-conference game Wednesday.
The Broncos led 28-26 at halftime, but outscored St. Teresa’s Academy 26-15 in the second half.
Lauren Draney fired in 22 points and Emani Bennett had 13 as the Broncos improved to 2-4 overall.
OAK GROVE 58, LAFAYETTE COUNTY 30: A fast start propelled Oak Grove to a big win over the host team in the semifinals of the Husker Classic Wednesday night in Higginsville.
The Panthers raced to a 16-5 lead after one quarter and extended it to 32-13 by halftime.
"Tonight was a great team effort from all of our guys, especially on the defensive end,” Oak Grove coach Dustin Fox said. “We challenged our guys to play engaged and physical on that end and they held up their end of the bargain. Anytime you can hold someone under 40, you have guys that are buying into that end of the floor and it gives you a chance to be successful in every game you play in."
Eli Wycoff tallied 22 points, Tully Thomsen added 17 points and Brenden Marsh chipped in seven for the Panthers (2-1), who meet Odessa or Richmond in the championship at 6 p.m. Saturday.
VAN HORN 61, KNOB NOSTER 44: Caleb Tanis and Darius Ross made a formidable duo to lead Van Horn to a non-conference home victory over Knob Noster Tuesday.
Tanis totaled 19 points and nine rebounds and Ross had 14 points and eight boards as the Falcons improved to 3-2 overall.