When the dust settled after a week of Class 4 and Class 5 district basketball tournaments, seven Northland teams remained standing.
One that isn’t is the Oak Park boys, who saw their 23-3 season end with a 52-50 loss against Park Hill in the Class 5, District 16 final Saturday at Staley.
The loss also ended the high school career of Oak Park’s Ochai Agbaji, who has committed to Kansas, and extended Simone Award winner and Michigan football recruit Ronnie Bell’s career at least another game.
Staley beat St. Joseph Central 48-32 in the Class 5, District 16 girls’ final.
Liberty swept the boys’ and girls’ Class 5, District 15 titles at Truman, with the boys beating William Chrisman 63-49 and the girls downing Truman 47-30.
North Kansas City’s girls advanced out of Class 5, District 14 with a 33-30 win against Park Hill South at Rockhurst.
All five teams will play Class 5 sectional games March 7 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.
North Kansas City’s girls (25-2) meet Lee’s Summit North (20-5) at 3 p.m., while Liberty’s girls (20-7) face Staley (14-10) at 6:30 p.m., and Liberty’s boys (20-7) take on Park Hill (17-10) at 8:15 p.m.
Kearney’s boys and girls also advanced to sectionals after sweeping the Class 4, District 15 tournament action at Kearney.
The Bulldogs boys downed Platte County 60-48 and the girls beat Smithville 56-25 in the finals.
Kearney’s boys (15-12) played St. Joseph-Lafayette and the girls (24-3) met St. Joseph-Benton in sectional games March 6 at Liberty North.
Sectional winners in Class 4 and Class 5 will play quarterfinal games March 10 at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence.