Grain Valley girls basketball coach Randy Draper is liking what he’s seeing from his team lately.
He really liked what he saw Monday.
Freshman guard Grace Slaughter fired in 25 points and the Eagles shut down the visiting Smithville Warriors for a 53-34 Suburban Small Seven victory.
The Eagles (7-2) snapped Smithville’s seven-game winning streak while winning their fourth straight.
“We played really, really well,” Draper said after his team improved to 4-1 in the conference. “... In fact, we never really blinked. We got going and kept our foot on the gas and never let up.”
Leading 14-13 after one quarter, Grain Valley took control with an 18-8 run in the second quarter for a 32-21 halftime lead. The Eagles then held the Warriors (7-2, 3-1 Small Seven) to just three points in the third quarter.
“We were doing a fantastic job moving the ball, and I love that,” Draper said. “And our defense was great. We did a really good job on a couple of their players.”
Keely Hill added nine points and dominated the boards, and Ella Clyman contributed six points for the Eagles.
WILLIAM CHRISMAN 50, ST. TERESA’S 48: Gia Moore fired in 20 points as William Chrisman staved off St. Teresa’s Academy in the first round of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic Monday.
Chrisman led 26-21 at halftime before the Stars cut it to 35-32 entering the final quarter. Moore made 3 of 4 free throws in the final seconds as the Bears held on to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals against host Ray-Pec.
Mele Taula and Amanda Szopinski each added eight points and Jennifer David chipped in seven to help power the Bears (4-3), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
KANSAS CITY CENTRAL 61, OAK GROVE 47: Oak Grove couldn’t sustain the momentum of a strong first half and fell to Kansas City Central Monday.
The Panthers jumped to a 33-30 lead at halftime but could manage only 14 points the rest of the way in dropping to 4-3.
"Our guys did a great job executing our game plan in the first half and at times we played as well as we have all year,” Panthers coach Dustin Fox said. “They made some solid adjustments and came out in zone in the second half and we didn't focus on getting the ball in the high post enough and missed some easy ones. We played hard and competed, we just have to put together two solid halves instead of one.”
Tully Thomsen tallied 28 points and six rebounds to lead Oak Grove. Eli Wycoff added 10 points and Brenden Marsh had eight points and nine rebounds.