A fast start and a balanced attack helped the Grain Valley boys basketball remain undefeated in the Missouri River Valley Conference West race.
The visiting Eagles raced to a 19-5 lead after one quarter and held off the Pleasant Hill Roosters for a 69-57 victory Tuesday night.
Grain Valley improved to 5-0 in the MRVC West and 15-4 overall.
“Great team effort tonight. Everyone played well and contributed,” Eagles coach Andy Herbert said. “Pleasant Hill is hard to play against because they shoot the ball so well, but our kids responded to the challenge and did a great job.”
Dylan Meredith and Josh Quintrell each scored 13 points, Jake Salisbury and Tate Collum added 12 piece and Josh Kilpatrick chpped in nine to power Grain Valley, which led 32-17 at halftime.
ROCKHURST 57, BLUE SPRINGS SOUTH 52: Blue Springs South kept it close all game but couldn’t come up with enough in the end in a non-conference road loss Tuesday.
"Rockhurst made plays down the stretch,” Jaguars coach Jimmy Cain said. “We will keep working to improve."
The Jaguars pulled within 51-50 and 54-52 late in the fourth quarter but the host Hawklets hung on for the win. South trailed 33-27 at halftime.
Ethan Swanegan scored 10 points to lead the Jaguars’ balanced attack. Dorian Wright added nine points, Caden Mauck had eight and Camron Roustic and Jared Ravencamp chipped in seven apiece.
Xavier Rhodes scored 20 points to power Rockhurst.
VAN HORN 64, MARANATHA ACADEMY 54: Van Horn rallied from a 30-28 halftime deficit to claim a Crossroads Conference home win Tuesday.
The Falcons outscored Maranatha 36-24 in the second half, including 19-13 in the third quarter to grab the lead. Van Horn improved to 4-14 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Joell Wilson led the Falcons’ second-half charge with 17 of his game-high 22 points. Tyler Weeks and Terrion Seddens added nine apiece and Sam Baker contributed eight.
RUSKIN 79, FORT OSAGE 61: A rally to begin the second soon fizzled along with Fort Osage’s chances to win in a Suburban Middle Six home matchup with Ruskin Tuesday.
The Indians, trailing 34-26 at halftime, scored the first eight points of the third quarter to tie it at 34. Ruskin, however outscored the Indians 27-11 the rest of the period to take a 61-45 advantage into the final period.
“We got it tied and then we have a bad possession on offense, which leads to a bad possession on defense,” Fort Osage coach Josh Wilson said. “Before you know it, it snowballs and we can’t right the ship quick enough.”
Dez Griswold scored 14 points, and Levi Sage, Isaiah Wilson and Ky’Von Smith each added 12 as the Indians fell to 3-16 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
RAYTOWN 76, TRUMAN 31: Truman dropped to 2-17 overall with a Suburban Big Six road loss at Raytown Tuesday.
“The wheels came off,” Truman coach Rod Briggs said. “We got good shots but we could not score.”
Max Titus scored eight points and Zion Piper added seven as the Patriots fell to 0-5 in the conference.
OAK GROVE 64, EXCELSIOR SPRINGS 49: A strong start propelled host Oak Grove to a MRVC West win over Excelsior Springs Tuesday.
The Panthers jumped to a 16-8 lead after one quarter and then extended a 29-18 halftime lead with a 20-10 advantage in the third.
“We came out pretty well tonight,” Panthers coach Ty Hames said. “We shared the ball well and got on the boards a little bit, which was nice to see.”
Jaxon Althaus and Dylon Pfeifer each scored 14 points and Eli Wycoff tallied 13 to lead Oak Grove (11-8, 3-2 MRVC West).
PARK HILL 75, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 60: Lee’s Summit North couldn’t recover from a 22-11 first-quarter deficit and dropped to 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the Suburban Big Seven with a loss at Park Hill Tuesday.
Elijah Farr led a balanced attack for the Broncos with 13 points. Tyler Aeilts added 12, Cameron Hairston had 11 and Emil Spriggs 10.
OAK PARK 64, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 35: The Bears fell to 5-14 overall and 0-8 in the Suburban Middle Six after a loss to the Northmen Tuesday.
GRAIN VALLEY 47, PLEASANT HILL 46: For the third game in a row, Grain Valley had to pull out a win at the buzzer.
This time it was a defensive play that got the Eagles the victory against Missouri River Valley Conference West rival Pleasant Hill Tuesday.
The game was tied at 46 when the Chicks inbounded the ball with 9 seconds left. Grain Valley star guard Claire Rose got a steal and was fouled with no time left on the lock. She hit the first free throw to seal it and give the team the win.
"We had a chance to make it easier on us and we didn’t do that,” Grain Valley coach Randy Draper said. “You don’t get to walk the line that we’ve been walking forever. However, we don’t panic. We’ve been in about every situation you can be in. The kids keep finding a ways out of trouble.”
Rose paced the Eagles (15-2, 5-0) with 17 points,” Kendra Sibert chipped in with 14 and Maddie Knust added 12.