Platte County used a big second half surge to score a 59-54 comeback win Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Smithville, Mo.
Coming off an emotional loss in a second-half collapse against St. Joseph Lafayette four days earlier, The Pirates fell behind big early and went into halftime down 30-20. The Pirates came all the way back to tie it with 1 minute, 16 seconds left in the third quarter before going into the final 8 minutes down a point.
Platte County grabbed its first lead since 3-0 at 49-47 with 5:41 to go in regulation. The Pirates shot 15 for 19 on free throws with Tanner Newberry hitting a pair late to help seal the win.
Lucas Stanley, a junior center, continued his strong start to the season with 17 points, while Newberry added 12. Kobe Cummings, a junior guard, had 11.
Newberry hit two of Platte County’s six 3s with Cummings, Stanley, Deiondre Ragsdale and DeAndre Rollins adding one apiece.
Grain Valley 65, Platte County 43
The Pirates couldn’t make it two in a row in a nonconference matchup Monday, Dec. 19 at Platte County High School.
Stanley continued his string of games in double figures with 10 points, while Ragsdale had a team-high 12, including one 3-pointer. Platte County trailed by just three at halftime but scored only 21 points the rest of the way as Grain Valley pulled away for the win.
Platte County sat at 2-5 overall entering a Tuesday, Dec. 20 matchup against Fort Osage — the Pirates’ last game before the holiday break. The result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.