The William Chrisman girls basketball couldn’t overcome a slow start Thursday.

That kept the Bears from advancing to the championship of the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic as they dropped 34-28 decision to Liberty North in the semifinals.

The Bears will play in the third-place game against Raymore-Peculiar at 5:30 p.m. today.

The Bears (5-3) fell behind 15-6 after the first quarter before rallying to cut the deficit to 18-14 at halftime.

Chrisman went into the fourth trailing 22-19 before Liberty North eventually pulled away.

Jacqueline David was the only Bear in double figures with 13.

BLUE SPRINGS 61, KC EAST 27: Blue Springs used a strong defensive effort in the second half to rout the Kansas City East Bears in a consolation bracket game in the Raymore-Peculiar Sonic Classic Thursday.

The Wildcats (2-7) led 30-16 at halftime and then limited the Bears to only 11 second-half points to pull away.

“We played a lot better defense in the second half,” Blue Springs coach Mark Spigarelli said. “And Angelica (Andrews) got hot in the third quarter and that helped us.”

Andrew sank three 3-pointers in the third and finished with 10 points as the Wildcats outscored the Bears 18-8 in the period.

Sy’Maih Smith and Moriah Tauai each scored 11 points to lead Blue Springs, which meets Ruskin for fifth place at 7 p.m. today in the consolation final.

ODESSA 51, GRAIN VALLEY 28: When a team has 20-plus turnovers, that makes it exceptionally difficult to win.

That’s what happened to Grain Valley as it committed 21 turnovers in a Missouri River Valley Conference West loss to the host Bulldogs Thursday.

Kendra Sibert was the only Eagle in double figures with 12.

“We played pretty well in the first half,” said Grain Valley coach Randy Draper, whose team fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in league play. “We are much further ahead defensively than offensively. We have to do better to play to our strengths. We’ve got one or two kids that we have to get more opportunities for on offense. Defensively, there wasn’t anything wrong. We had 21 turnovers and it’s hard to win when you have that many turnovers.”

LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 67, PARK HILL 43: O’Hara transfer Tiana Gipson had her best game of the season.

She scored 22 points to lead Lee’s Summit North to a 67-43 victory over Park Hill, improving the Broncos record to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban Big Seven.

Aiyana Johnson added 20 points.

Boys

JOPLIN 45, WILLIAM CHRISMAN 44: The Bears lost in one of the most gut-wrenching ways possible.

Joplin’s Evan Guillory made a layup with 4.9 seconds left to hand Chrisman a first-round loss in the Kaminsky Classic at Joplin High School.

Chrisman led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter before Guillory made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 42.

A free throw from Joplin made it 43-42 with with 53 seconds left before Guillory got a rebound off a missed free throw from Chrisman senior Kelvyn Mason and converted a layup.

Chrisman forward Dawson Herl, who scored a team-high 13 points and grabbed a team-best 16 rebounds, missed on a desperation heave from halfcourt at the buzzer. Mason added nine and Daniel Carson and Bryn Cox scored eight each for the Bears (4-5).

Chrisman will play Carl Junction in the consolation bracket at 6 p.m. today.