Van Horn junior Jaden Monday wasn’t a one-man team Tuesday.
But it was close.
The guard poured in 45 points and a little more than three quarters of play to lead the Falcons into the Class 4 District 15 boys basketball championship game with an 83-55 rout of Kansas City Northeast in the semifinals at the Interscholastic Fieldhouse in Kansas City.
Monday had 24 points in the first half, including 18 in the second quarter, as the Falcons built a 42-31 lead at the intermission. He sank 9 of 11 free throws in the second half and finished 14 of 16 from the line.
No. 2 seed Van Horn improves to 16-9 and advances to Friday’s 7 p.m. championship against top-seeded Lincoln Prep (15-10).
Adrian Chavira added 11 points and Caleb Tanis contributed nine for the Falcons.
LIBERTY 70, FORT OSAGE 47: Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said his team played its best game all season in Monday’s first-round win over Liberty North.
But that failed to carry over into the first quarter Tuesday as the Indians got behind 17-6 on the way to the season-ending loss in the Class 5 District 15 semifinals.
"They’re a very tough team and they’re physical, and then you add in a long scoring drought by us, and that doesn’t add up well," Wilson said of Liberty after his team finished its season with an 8-17 record. "They’re also an effective at running the press break and they don’t miss many shots.
"But overall for the season, I’m proud of our team. We had so much inexperience and those guys who hadn’t played varsity before came up and did well. But for some reason we weren’t able to fully click until last night, but we couldn’t get it done tonight. We are losing five seniors, so we’ll have some pieces to fill."
Senior Triston Turner scored 19 points and senior Xavier Kahube added 12 in their final games for Fort Osage.
RAYMORE-PECULIAR 78, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 35: Lee’s Summit North was unable to recover from a slow start in a Class 5 District 13 semifinal loss to sixth-ranked Raymore-Peculiar Tuesday.
Ray-Pec (23-3) raced to a 39-19 halftime lead to end the Broncos’ season at 5-21.
Kolby Franklin scored 15 points and Dayne Davis added 10 to lead Lee’s Summit North.