It must just be that side of the court. Because for some reason, Pleasant Hill just wasn’t making shots the first half against Missouri River Valley West Conference opponents Harrisonville Jan. 31 at Harrisonville.
But when the Chicks switched sides, they were hot, taking over the game and slipping past the Wildcats 33-30.
“We always struggle shooting here for some reason,” Pleasant Hill senior Kindred Wesemann said. “We just didn’t shoot very well in the first half. We just had to come out in the second half and shoot better. We were getting good shots, but we just weren’t making them.”
Harrisonville had an 11-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter and led 17-11 at halftime. Even leading scorer Wesemann only made two baskets in the first half.
“I always struggle on this side, but on that side I go off,” Wesemann said. “I like that rim I guess. I don’t know.”
And go off she did in the third quarter. The Chicks started with a basket apiece by Kristin Orpin and Rachel Schick to cut the lead to 17-15. After two free throws from Harrisonville’s Brianna Kendrick, the Chicks responded with a basket from Mallory Miller. Kendrick hit another, but Wesemann sunk a three-pointer to make the score 21-20.
Kendrick put in yet another basket, but Wesemann tied things up at 23-23 with a three-pointer. The rest of the quarter belonged to the Chicks as Heather Hughes made a shot and free throw and Wesemann added another three-pointer and free throw to put Pleasant Hill up 30-23.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats started with a basket from Anisa Alexander and free throw by Mackenzie Hocker. Wesemann hit a shot, but Harrisonville retaliated with a basket and two free throws from Kendrick to close the gap to 32-30 with less than a minute left to go.
Wesemann was fouled, hitting one free throw, but the Wildcats couldn’t get past the Chick defense to score, ending the game.
“I still respect all the girls on that team,” Wesemann said. “I love them all because I used to play with them. They are good. They are a good team to come and play against. They always give us a good game.”
Pleasant Hill, 14-4 and 4-1 in conference, was led in scoring by Wesemann with 17 points. Orpin had four points and Hughes added three points. Schick, Miller, Olivia Woodruff and Kai Wesemann put in two points each and Emily McKee added one point.
Harrisonville, 12-6 and 4-1 in conference, was led by Kendrick with 12 points, followed by Bayli Galeassi with seven points. Hocker and Brook Riley both had three points, Alexander and Mikaila Stackhouse had two points apiece and Samantha Bowers added one point.