The Grain Valley girls play on. The season, however, is over for the boys basketball team.

The Grain Valley girls play on. The season, however, is over for the boys basketball team.

The girls, in the Class 4 District 14 tournament at Oak Grove  Tuesday night, posted a tight 42-39 victory over Odessa. The boys team wasn’t as fortunate against Odessa, falling 43-38.

A 28-21 halftime lead vaulted the Grain Valley girls into Friday’s championship game.

Paige Mead scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Eagles, who improved to 15-10. Molly McGraw’s 12 points paced Odessa.

“She played hard,” Grain Valley coach Steve Broughton said of Mead.

Odessa outscored the Eagles 9-6 in the third quarter and 9-8 in fourth, but the Eagles managed to hold on.

Grain Valley, which defeated Odessa by 17 and 18 points in Missouri River Valley Conference West play, jumped to a 10-5 lead after one quarter, increasing the lead to 28-21 by halftime.

The Eagles meet tonight’s Oak Grove-Pleasant Hill semifinal winner in the finals at 6 p.m. Friday.

“At this point it doesn’t matter how you win, but that you’re winning,” Broughton said. “I am pleased with the win.”

The Grain Valley boys led Odessa 22-19 at halftime.

But in the third quarter, the Eagles were outscored 17-8 to fall behind 36-30. Odessa held on to defeat the Eagles for the fourth time in as many meetings this season. The other victories were by 1, 2 and 6 points.

“Both teams played hard,” Grain Valley coach Andy Herbert said after his team finished 10-15. “We couldn’t make the plays when we needed to, to win the game. I was proud of them. They played hard and competed. That’s what you ask for.”

Senior Derreon Parker scored 12 points and senior Cody Sanning added eight to lead the Eagles in their final high school games.

Alex Hibler and Seth Martinko each tallied 13 points to spark the Bulldogs, who advanced to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game against the winner of tonight’s semifinal between Oak Grove and Pleasant Hill.