The Pleasant Hill Chicks couldn’t make the momentum of a 9-2 first quarter lead last Dec. 16 against the St. Pius Warriors.
Pleasant Hill fell to the Warriors 40-36 despite 15 points from Rachel Schick.
The Chicks, who were ahead by two at the half, matched the Warriors shot for shot through three quarters. Actually, it is more accurate to say Pleasant Hill matched St. Pius’s Riana Everidge shot for shot through three quarters.
Everidge led all players with 25 points. The Chicks had little defensive response to Everidge, who scored 24 of the Warriors’ first 27 points.
Despite Everidge’s outstanding performance, the Chicks were in command most of the game.
During the third quarter each team scored 16 points, which included five lead changes. The Warriors continued to peck away at the Chicks’ lead, finally surging ahead for good at the 4:29 mark in the fourth quarter.
Pleasant Hill utilized an aggressive defense in an attempt to wear down the Warriors physically. St. Pius responded with their own pressure defense. Both teams had ample opportunity to put the game away at the free throw line. The Chicks were 9 for 19 at the line, while the Warriors went 11 for 20.
Despite the all-star performance by Everidge, Pleasant Hill Head Coach Josh Adamczyk was pleased with the Chicks’ performance.
“It was a complete game, finally. We had a couple tough losses against Blue Springs and Blue Springs South where we played a quarter tough then it just went down hill,” Adamczyk said.
Despite the loss, Pleasant Hill put together a solid performance.
“I am just proud of the way the girls played a complete game.”
Other contributors to the Chicks offensive performance were senior Kristin Orpin (nine points) and Heather Hughes (seven).
“I thought Heather and Kristin worked their tails off,” Adamczyk said. “I think they all played great. They played great defense and helped each other out.”
Pleasant Hill will need a few more complete game performances after the holiday break because the road doesn’t get any easier for the Chicks. In January, they resume play against St. Teresa’s, then Smithville, both ranked in the top 10 of Missouri’s Class 3A.