Academic All-State... Eight Lady Panther volleyball players were recently named Academic All-State by the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association. They are, from left, Callie Tripp, Sierra Smith, Jayde Patton, Dani O'Neill, Haley Matson, Easton Harmon, Brooke Eason and Bre Drury.
In order to be named Academic All-State by the MHSVCA, athletes are required to play in 75% of the varsity matches and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher.
Panthers whip Excelsior Springs
Oak Grove boys basketball team ended the regular season February 26 with a 62-32 win over Excelsior Springs at home. Panthers hit eight three-pointers and outrebounded the Tigers 25-23. Oak Grove had 18 assists and 10 turnovers in the win while holding Excelsior Springs to 10 field goals and forcing 20 turnovers. All of those numbers came after a ho-hum first quarter.
"We kind of had a sluggish start," head coach Ty Hames said. "We missed some shots we usually don't miss and didn't defend well, but once we got the lead we really played with great tempo on both ends and gradually pushed the lead out. I thought Aaron Carpenter gave us a boost against their zone. He came in, hit some shots and applied great pressure defensively. We played well in the third, and anytime you hit eight threes, you give yourself a chance." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers fall in regular-season finale
Oak Grove was hoping to end the regular season February 26 with a win over Excelsior Springs, but 29 turnovers played a huge factor in its inability to do that.
Lady Tigers led by seven at half and two quarters later found themselves 47-36 winners.
"We struggled to take care of the basketball and were unable to take advantage of any of their mistakes," said head coach Jared Broughton. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers win a barn burner
Oak Grove and Grain Valley boys basketball teams put on a show February 6 in their first meeting. Panthers won that contest by three. On February 24, Oak Grove prevailed again in the encore 59-54.
"It once again came down to the wire," said head coach Ty Hames.
"Both communities and student bodies were represented well. We played well in the first quarter. We scored 21 points and hit shots. That is such a factor because winning at Grain Valley is never easy. Defensively, we just tried to make them beat us from the perimeter, and in the third quarter they got hot, and we had to adjust to that." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers can't hold Grain Valley Eagles down
Grain Valley was too much for Oak Grove to handle February 24. Lady Eagles' 62-29 win improved their conference record to 9-0 on the season.
"Grain Valley is a tough team for us to attempt to match up against," said head coach Jared Broughton. "They can hurt you in so many different ways. It's hard to prepare for."
Lady Eagles led 32-12 at intermission and finished the game hitting 42% of their shots, including hitting nearly 50% from the floor inside the arc. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.