A solid start lifted the Grain Valley girls basketball team in its season opener.

A solid start lifted the Grain Valley girls basketball team in its season opener.

The Eagles downed Warrensburg 49-29 in the Marshall Tournament on Monday after bursting to a 31-11 advantage.

Rachel Reddell scored 11 points and Lanae Wilke eight to power the Eagles, who outscored the Tigers 20-4 in the second quarter to  clinch the victory.

“It was good to get the first win,” first-year Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “The kids were excited and got some first game jitters out of the way. There were some good things to watch.”

HOLDEN 44, OAK GROVE 36: Visiting Oak Grove couldn’t overcome a 13-6 opening-quarter deficit in suffering its second defeat.

“But I was pleased with the way we played,” Oak Grove coach Mike Cox said. ”We played a lot better. Holden is a pretty good team.”

Haley Kanak’s 14 points guided the Panthers, who pulled to within 31-27 after three quarters. Holden protected the lead by outscoring the Panthers 13-9 in the fourth quarter.

RAYTOWN 46, LEE’S SUMMIT 43: Timeka O’Neal hit three 3-pointers to score 18 points and lead Raytown to a season-opening victory at Lee’s Summit.

Kelsey Barrett added 16 points and Sameia Kendall, a senior transfer from Kansas City (Kan.) Sumner, added nine.

A 26-19 halftime lead stood up for the Blue Jays.
Ali Patterson led the Tigers with 13 points.

“It was early and we played like it,” Raytown coach Jan Handley said. “Barrett hit 11 of 15 free throws . O’Neal shot the ball well.”

Lee’s Summit was a 48-32 junior varsity winner.