KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Maize was too physical, too powerful and too big for Grandview (Mo.). The Eagles' 63-41 win Saturday in the Hy-Vee classic was proof of that advantage.
Maize forward Derek Lee and center Steven Wolgamott altered Grandview's approach with their menacing defensive presences in the paint.
"(Wolgamott and Lee) are some space eaters," Maize coach Mike Darrah said. "We call Wolgamott 'Mount Wolgamott' when he stays down. When he tries to block shots he doesn't do too well, but when he just stands there with his hands up he does all right in there. He's a big boy."
Wolgamott, 6-foot-7, had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Lee, 6-5, scored 17 points.
The Eagles (4-1) seemed to surprise Grandview (5-2) with their physical play in the first half, limiting the Bulldogs to just seven points in the second quarter. Maize led 26-16 at halftime.
Maize started the second half on fire, hitting six of its first eight shots. Maize increased its lead to 41-24 after guard Ryan McCarthy followed up a pull-up three with a fast break layup. McCarthy (14 points, 13 rebounds) later increased his team's lead to 20 points with 15 seconds left in the third quarter thanks to another three-pointer on an assist from J.C. Sturgeon.
Maize (4-1) 19 7 24 13 — 63 Grandview (5-2) 9 7 14 11 — 41
MAIZE: McBroom 4, McCarthy 14, Sturgeon 8, Lee 17, Wolgamott 10, Hall 3, Strunk 2, Cole 5. Totals 26 (7) 4-6 63.
GRANDVIEW: Leverette 15, Spotser 4, Lewis 2, Davis 2, Nweke 2, Fletcher 5, Taylor 5, Burgette 3, Webb 1, Gerrig 3. Totals 16 (3) 6-13 41.