The Fort Osage girls basketball team put a scare into a defending state champion Thursday night.

North Kansas City, last year’s Class 5 state titleists, saw an 11-point halftime lead whittled down to one point before pulling away for a 45-38 Suburban Middle Seven victory over the Indians at Fort Osage.

Fort Osage (4-9, 1-4 Middle Seven) trailed 6-5 after the first quarter before Northtown (11-3, 6-0) opened a 22-11 lead by halftime. Fort Osage outscored the Hornets 20-10 in the third quarter and pulled within 32-31 going into the final period, but the Indians managed only seven points in the fourth quarter.

“Excellent game tonight,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said. “We battled hard and had even contribution. Really proud of our kids trusting each other tonight.”

Kiyley Flowers scored 15 points and Brooklynn Gilpin had nine on three 3-pointers to lead Fort Osage. The Indians finished with seven 3-pointers and four two-point baskets.

BLUE SPRINGS 65, NEOSHO 10: Symiah Bradley scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Kayleigh Jenkins added 11 points to lead Blue Springs’ girls to a 65-10 victory over Neosho in the opening round of the Kansas National Guard Invitational at Frontenac (Kan.) High School.

Blue Springs (10-3) played host Frontenac Friday night in the semifinals.

NEVADA 46, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 44: Nevada sank a shot at the buzzer to defeat William Chrisman Thursday in the first round of the Kansas National Guard Invitational at Frontenac (Kan.) High School.

Chrisman trailed 19-16 at halftime and 33-22 after the third quarter before storming back to tie it, only to have the Tigers win it at the buzzer.

Gia Moore scored 16 points and Jennifer David added 14 points to lead the Bears (4-6), who dropped into Friday’s consolation final.


WINNETONKA 47, GRAIN VALLEY 46: A free throw with no time left on the clock lifted Winnetonka to a 47-46 victory over Grain Valley in a Suburban Small Seven boys game at Winnetonka Thursday.

Grain Valley (12-4, 3-3) led Winnetonka (2-11, 1-4) 27-24 at halftime but managed only five points in the third quarter.

Caden Matlon scored 28 points to lead Grain Valley, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Josh Kilpatrick, the Eagles’ leading scoring at 22.7 points per game, had only two points on two free throws.

BLUE VALLEY NORTH 72, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 48: Blue Springs South couldn’t keep up with Blue Valley North and lost 72-48 in the semifinals of the Shawnee Mission West Viking Classic tournament Thursday.

Blue Valley North (8-2) outscored South (7-6) 45-24 over the final two periods to build on a 27-24 halftime lead. The Jaguars shot 31 percent from the field in the second half and went 1 of 11 from 3-point range.

“Blue Valley North has an outstanding team and they played much better than we did tonight – especially in the second half,” South coach Josh Smith said. “They took control of the game midway through the third quarter and we simply couldn’t fight our way back into it.”

Cade Berg had 13 points and six rebounds and Khayden Hooks scored 11 points for the Jaguars, who saw a four-game winning streak end. Devin Tomlinson finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

South played Shawnee Mission Northwest at 6 p.m. Friday for third place.