After it let a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter slip away, Haley Rodriguez’s buzzer-beating 22-footer gave the William Chrisman girls basketball team a giant reprieve Tuesday.
But the Bears’ good feelings were washed away in overtime as visiting North Kansas City held them scoreless in the extra period to post a 51-42 Suburban Middle Seven win.
“It’s nice that Haley hit that shot, but it’s too bad it got to that point,” said Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson, whose team fell to 8-8 overall (2-2 Middle Seven) and had its four-game win streak snapped. “Unfortunately we didn’t take care of business in the fourth quarter like we needed to.”
Adreon Bell’s buzzer-beating to end the third quarter gave Chrisman a 34-30 lead, and it was 35-30 until North Kansas City (10-6, 4-2) snapped off a 7-0 run. The Hornets led 42-39 in the final minute of the fourth when a missed front end of a one-and-one gave the Bears a chance.
Following two timeouts, Bell tracked down the rebound from Makenzie Erikson’s missed 3-pointer, and the rebound from Rodriguez’s rimmed-out jumper went out of bounds to Chrisman with 1.5 seconds left.
From the baseline, Rachel Losch got the inbound to the 6-foot Rodriguez at the left wing, and she canned the last-ditch 3-pointer to force overtime.
“I’ve been working on my outside shots a lot, and coach gave me a shot,” said Rodriguez, who led Chrisman with 21 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. “She said, ‘They’re going to expect it to go to ’Kenzie or Adreon,’ so she told Rachel to look for me.
“It gave us a lot of hope. But it stinks; it’s a tough loss. We have to bounce back from this.”
After a missed one-and-one chance at the foul line for Chrisman, Aries Washington scored down low to give NKC the lead for good in overtime. Selena Salas got a steal on Chrisman’s next possession, and Thompson received a technical foul with 1:05 left for arguing consecutive kicked-ball calls that kept the Bears from possibly gaining a turnover. Salas and Washington then combined to make 7 of 8 free throws.
Thompson said mental breakdowns on both ends of the floor hindered the Bears’ ability to hold on down the stretch. Among their nine turnovers in the final 12 minutes were three 3-second violations. Chrisman also shot 7 of 15 on free throws, including 0 of 3 in overtime.
“We did a great job all game of not giving up the 3, and we let (Salas) get away one time in the fourth quarter,” Thompson said. “Our offensive breakdowns led to our defensive breakdowns and vice versa.
“If we hadn’t shot our worst percentage of the year, we wouldn’t have had to worry about overtime.”
Washington, a UMKC recruit, had 24 points (10-of-13 shooting) and 11 rebounds, Salas 15 points and Shelby Jordan 11 points for North Kansas City. Bell added nine points and three steals for Chrisman, and Thompson praised the defensive effort by freshman Bri Burns against Washington.
“Aries (is) a darn good ballplayer. There’s lots of things she does well,” Thompson said. “and I was really impressed by Bri’s play.”
Chrisman’s junior varsity cruised to a 40-18 win.