A strong second half lifted No. 1 seeded Pleasant Hill to a solid 49-33 victory over No. 2 Harrisonville for their fourth straight Class 4, District 13 championship March 2.
The score was tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter, as the Chicks were kept in the game with 10 points from sophomore Kai Wesemann alone. But Wesemann had three fouls called on her before the quarter ended, putting her on the bench.
“They were just playing really good team defense, mostly on me,” Pleasant Hill senior Kindred Wesemann said. “And Kai stepped up and hit some really big shots. They were really, really big shots. She was in the reason we were in the first half in the game for awhile. Then we finally got other people the ball inside instead of just peddling for threes.”
In the second quarter, after a basket from junior Emily McKee for Pleasant Hill, Harrisonville followed with a bucket from junior Brianna Kendrick and a three-pointer from senior Brook Riley to give the Wildcats an 18-15 advantage. The Chicks responded with a score and three-pointer from senior Kindred Wesemann to lead 20-18.
Pleasant Hill continued with the run, as junior Kristin Orpin added a three-pointer, sophomore Rachel Schick added two baskets and junior Heather Hughes put in another bucket to give the Chicks a 29-18 lead at halftime.
“We needed someone in the paint, because we can get the threes, but we needed someone to rebound,” Schick said. “We really had to rebound or it wasn’t going to go our way.”
In the third quarter, Pleasant Hill outscored Harrisonville 10-6 to lead 29-24 and Harrisonville shooting star Kendrick was put in foul trouble with her third foul.
In the fourth quarter, after two free throws from Harrisonville senior Mackenzie Hocker and a three-pointer from Riley, the score stood at 39-29. Pleasant Hill retaliated with a basket by Schick, but the Wildcats came back with a score from junior Jessica Nichols.
Hocker picked up her fourth foul as Schick sunk a free throw, followed by another from Kindred Wesemann. Kai Wesemann fouled out of the game, but Hocker missed both free throws and the Chicks still led 43-31.
“Juts when anybody gets four fouls on them its good for us,” Kindred Wesemann said.
Pleasant Hill put in another free throw from Hughes, a basket from Schick and two more free throws from Kindred Wesemann to gain a 48-31 lead. After a basket from Hocker, the Chicks ended the game with a free throw from sophomore Sarah Hoke.
“It’s always good to beat Harrisonville,” Schick said.
The Chicks were led in scoring by Schick with 14 points and Kindred Wesemann with 13. Kai Wesemann had 10 points, Hughes had six, Orpin had three points and McKee added two.
Harrisonville was led in scoring by Riley with 11 points and Kendrick with 10 points. Anisa Alexander and Hocker had four each and Haley Parker and Nichols added two points apiece.
To get to the championship game, Pleasant Hill took down Odessa 50-34 in the semifinals March 1 and Harrisonville defeated Oak Grove 52-44.
Both Schick and Kindred Wesemann were named to the all-district team, along with Harrisonville’s Kendrick and Alexander. Kindred Wesemann also scored her 1,500th career point in the title game.