It seems like the Pleasant Hill girls basketball team was not the team they could be in the championship game against Harrisonville in the Harrisonville Holiday Tournament Dec. 21.
The Chicks lost that contest 42-37 to their Missouri River Valley Conference West rivals, scoring only six points in the first half. But Pleasant Hill redeemed themselves with a 45-19 victory over the Lady Wildcats Jan. 2 at Pleasant Hill.
The girls were very embarrassed by their first half play in our last game down at the tournament, Pleasant Hill head coach Jim Underwood said. They felt like they let everyone down. Harrisonville deserved to win that game by outhustling, outplaying and outcoaching us. The game last night, however, the girls came to play and their effort was outstanding.
The bout started out close with Pleasant Hill ahead at 9-6 at the end of the first quarter. But the second quarter was a different story as the Chicks ran to a 25-6 advantage with baskets and free throws by Paige Shifflett, Courtney Gibbins, Kindred Wesemann and Kai Wesemann. Harrisonville put in two points in the second quarter on a shot by Samantha Bowers to make the score 25-8 at halftime.
I think that we are all (players and coaches) not only disappointed in the outcome of the game, but the way we played as well, Harrisonville head coach Mark Rorvig said. We talked for a week about the type of game Pleasant Hill would play. They did everything we expected them to, plain and simple, we just did not come ready to play. We lacked energy and focus on the floor, which is a bad combination. Anytime you are missing those two things, you will not win many games, especially against good teams like Pleasant Hill.
The third quarter was closer again, with the Chicks outscoring Harrisonville 9-7, starting with a three-pointer by Kindred Wesemann and a basket and free throw from Breeona Foster. The Lady Wildcats responded with a free throw from Bayli Galeassi and two shots from the charity stripe by Samantha Hurst. But Pleasant Hill still led 34-15 going into the last eight minutes of play.
The Chicks outran Harrisonville again in the fourth quarter scoring 11 points to the Lady Wildcats four points to seal the 45-19 victory.
...We are looking at it as one of those wake-up call games, Rorvig said. We told the kids, we can either drop our heads and feel sorry for ourselves or move on and improve from this performance. I believe that our kids will respond and come out ready to play next time.
Pleasant Hill was led in scoring by Kindred Wesemann with 12 points. Foster had eight points and Kai Wesemann added six points. Shifflett had five points, Gibbins had four points and Emily McKee and Rachel Schick contributed three points each. Nikki Sherwood and Mallory Miller both added two points.
Harrisonville was led in scoring by Bowers with six points and McKenzi Taylor had four points. Hurst, Mikaila Stackhouse, Shelby Lavery and Ciara Maddox had two points each. Galeassi added one point.
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