A balanced attack and a strong start weren’t enough for the William Chrisman girls basketball team in its season opener.
Host Park Hill South outscored the Bears 11-7 in the final quarter to claim a 46-43 victory Tuesday.
The Bears jumped to a 30-23 lead at halftime and held a 36-35 after three quarters before the Panthers rallied in the final period.
Jennifer David scored nine points to lead Chrisman (0-1). Gia Moore, Abbie Emmons and Jacque David each added seven points, Tierra Lopez had six and Annie Nauer contributed five.
HOLDEN 52, OAK GROVE 50: The Oak Grove Panthers started their season in heartbreaking fashion.
The Panthers had a 5-point lead with 3 minutes to go but were unable to hang on in a season-opening loss to Holden Monday.
Emily Heldenbrand led Oak Grove with 17 points and Lilly Weir added 14. The Panthers were down 29-19 at halftime and cut the lead to 37-35 going into the fourth.
“We didn’t play well in the first half,” Oak Grove coach Jared Broughton said. “We were 6 for 18 from the free throw line, and that hurt us a lot.”
KEARNEY 52, LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 46: After going undefeated in the regular season last year, it didn’t take long for the Broncos to taste defeat.
They fell in a season-opening loss to the Bulldogs Monday. North went into halftime down 30-22 after only scoring seven points in the second quarter. It went into the fourth trailing 38-27 and made a charge but it wasn’t enough
Aiyana Johnson led the Broncos with 20 points and Micaela Dickerson added 11.