Third place in the 16-team Visitation Academy Christmas Tournament belongs to the Blue Springs girls basketball team.

Third place in the 16-team Visitation Academy Christmas Tournament belongs to the Blue Springs girls basketball team.

The Class 5 No. 3-ranked Wildcats (8-2) overcame a 25-21 halftime deficit for a 48-39 victory over eighth-ranked Nerinx Hall Friday night.

Lizzy Wendell totaled 21 points and Karyla MIddlebrook 15 in pacing the Wildcats.

“They were a lot bigger than us,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “Wendell banged up her right knee before the half and fought through it in the second half.

“Middlebrook’s and (Tyra) Bickham’s defense were outstanding. We accomplished a lot of mental toughness.”

VAN HORN 42, ACE 23: Van Horn can clinch fifth place in the Black Division of the Penn Valley Community College Tournament today.

To do so, the Falcons must defeat Fr. Tolton of Columbia at noon today.

The Falcons set up the fifth-place meeting by defeating Afrikan Centered Education.

“I was a little worried after the first quarter,” Van Horn coach Julie Crowell said. “We were only ahead 12-11. But we outscored them 9-0 in the second quarter, played even better in the third, and in the fourth tried to work on some fundamentals.”

Elizabeth Leroy’s 12 points paced the Falcons (4-6). Malaea Ortiz and Kelsey Edwards each added 10.

GRAIN VALLEY 63, WARSAW 34: The Eagles started strong and breezed to a win in the State Fair Community College Shootout at Sedalia.

Mariah Hernandez led the way with 16 points and Sarah Turner posted 13. Grain Valley (4-4) led 17-7 after the first period and extended the advantage to 28-14 at halftime.

“We’ve been playing with a lot of injuries and dealing with sickness,” Eagles coach Randy Draper said. “We’ve been getting organized and getting our roles figured out without some people so I was pretty pleased with today. It was a good win.”


The Grain Valley boys basketball team trailed 16-0 but rallied back to score a 57-52 victory over Warsaw Friday in the State Fair Community College Shootout in Sedalia.

The Eagles (2-6), in snapping a six-game losing streak, outscored Warsaw 14-11 in the third quarter and 20-10 in the fourth.

“I was proud of the way we fought back together,” coach Andy Herbert said.

Daniel Mahurin scored 24 points and Hunter Ramirez and Jordan Mahurin notched career highs of 16 and 12, respectively, in leading the comeback victory.

LIBERTY 61, TRUMAN 59: The Patriots came oh-so-close to advancing Friday to the championship of the Patterson Division in the American Family Insurance Holiday Classic, but came up just short in a defeat to the Class 5 No. 9-ranked Blue Jays.

Liberty’s Kellan Turner connected on a floater with 3.5 seconds left to give the Jays the decisive basket.
Truman (6-4) plays St. Pius X at 2 p.m. today for third place.

HOGAN PREP 91, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 68: Chris Horn fired in 21 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears were eliminated from the American Family Insurance Holiday Classic at William Jewell College.

Amad Wainrigt led all scorers with 33 points and nine rebounds for Hogan Prep. He was one of four Hogan Prep players in double figures as Daven Hullaby totaled 14 and Antoine Stanely and Jonathan Hawkins added 12 apiece.

Brett Pendergist finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Bears
(2-6) and Alex Ball added 12 points.