With a fast start and a big fourth-quarter run, Fort Osage’s boys had enough to overcome an eight-minute scoring drought Wednesday morning in the American Family Insurance Holiday Classic at William Jewell College in Liberty.

With a fast start and a big fourth-quarter run, Fort Osage’s boys had enough to overcome an eight-minute scoring drought Wednesday morning in the American Family Insurance Holiday Classic at William Jewell College in Liberty.


Against an O’Hara team that entered at 8-1, the Indians frittered away a 14-point first-quarter lead. But a 20-2 stretch in the fourth was the difference in a 60-49 win, sending Fort Osage (6-2) into Friday’s Nelson Division semifinals against Lee’s Summit West.


“We started off running our stuff,” said forward Zach Adams, who led Fort Osage with 19 points, including 11 in the final period. “Then we just started looking to shoot. We got back to running our stuff.”


Fort Osage’s Austin Regier scored four seconds after the opening tip, and the Indians shot 8 of 13 to build a 20-6 lead in the first. Then, after Adams’ turnaround jumper made it 24-13 at the six-minute mark of the second, the Indians didn’t score again until Adams’ basket in the post with 5:21 left in the third, bothered in part by the Celtics’ backcourt traps and zone defense.


But when Fort Osage snapped the drought, it went back ahead for good at 26-25, and Aron Greer followed with a 3-pointer on the next possession.


“We took a lot of early shots,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said of his team’s dry spell. “I don’t know how many Zach and D’Vante (Mosby) had in the paint in the first quarter, but it was a lot. We got away from that and didn’t get the ball in the middle like we needed.”


“(The Celtics) made it hard; they were tenacious. Will (Penamon) and Aron Greer stepped up and hit two big 3s, and that stretched them out some.”


Penamon’s trey opened the fourth and made it 37-32. O’Hara’s Kyle Baker countered with a 25-footer, but Adams hit two free throws and broke free for a dunk on the next two possessions to start the Indians’ 20-2 run.


Adams added two tip-ins during that stretch, while Mosby scored five points after offensive rebounds and reserve Logan Haugmo added his own putback to complete the run.


Mosby, who finished with 13 points, snared eight of his 13 rebounds at the offensive end, as Fort Osage owned a commanding 40-16 advantage on the boards.


“When you shoot a shot and miss and still get a score, it’s hard (for opponents) to overcome that,” Wilson said of the fourth quarter, “and that’s what we did. We also took care of the ball better.”


“When we’re working hard and hustling we’ll get offensive rebounds,” added Adams, who finished with nine rebounds.


Regier contributed 10 points and four assists for the Indians.


Baker led all players with 24 points, including five 3-pointers, but O’Hara’s next-highest scorers were Isaac Uche and Dezmond McDaniel with seven apiece.