Keely Hill scored just two points Thursday and Grain Valley girls basketball coach Randy Draper was just fine with that.
Draper said the senior forward played a strong game everywhere else to help the Eagles to a 41-36 Suburban Small Seven home victory over Platte County.
“Keely Hill had as good of a game as anyone can have scoring only two points,” Draper said. “She played so well tonight. She controlled the boards, played great defense and made some great outlet passes.”
Many of those outlet passes went to freshman guard Grace Slaughter, who led Grain Valley with 24 points as the Eagles improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
Grain Valley maintained a close lead through much of the game after taking a 10-9 advantage after one quarter and 20-16 at halftime.
“We did a great job on defense all night,” Draper said.
Jordyn Weems added seven points for the Eagles.
BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 65, RUSKIN 18: Blue Springs South coach Kory Lower was not satisfied with his team’s progress despite a 14-9 first-quarter lead.
“I called a timeout and challenged them to play like they’re capable of,” Lower said of his team, which remained undefeated at 7-0. “They were going through the motions, and I challenged them. In the second quarter, they did a much better job with everything.”
The Jaguars outscored the host Eagles 27-5 in the second and cruised to the non-conference win Thursday.
Jaidynn Mason scored 15 points and Tiani Rollins and Lauren Gillig each added 14.
RAYTOWN 49, VAN HORN 26: Van Horn couldn’t recover from an early deficit in a non-conference loss to host Raytown Thursday.
The Blue Jays grabbed a 12-2 lead after the first quarter and pulled away with a 16-4 advantage in the third period.
Lexi Robinson scored 13 points on 7-of-7 free throw shooting to lead the Falcons (3-3).
ST. MICHAEL 64, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 28: St. Michael the Archangel Catholic used a balanced attack to stay undefeated.
Abby Salanski scored 12 points to help the Guardians improve to 7-0. Victoria Swingle added 11 points and Colleen McNamara had 10.
VAN HORN 58, ODESSA 44: Caleb Tanis had a big game on his birthday to lead Van Horn to a non-conference home victory Thursday.
Tanis fired in 19 points to help the Falcons improve to 4-3.
RUSKIN 73, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 59: Lee’s Summit North will go into the new year off a loss.
Hayden Cole scored 19 points on five 3-pointers but it wasn’t enough to get past host Ruskin Wednesday.
Kolby Franklin added 17 points and Dayne Davis had 12 for the Broncos, who dropped to 2-6 overall.