Lose and kiss your Suburban Big Six title chances goodbye.

That was the fate facing the William Chrisman girls basketball team in Monday night’s game against visiting Park Hill.

Lose and kiss your Suburban Big Six title chances goodbye.


That was the fate facing the William Chrisman girls basketball team in Monday night’s game against visiting Park Hill.


The Bears responded to the challenge in a balanced way, posting a surprisingly easy 59-35 victory.


The ringleader of this season’s team has been senior center Brittany McQuain. And she was the leading scorer Monday night with 11 points.


But Calle Edwards scored 10, Samone Redditt added nine, Brooke Parton contributed eight and so on as the Bears improved to 10-7 overall and moved into the second place in the conference at 4-1 behind first place Truman (5-0). All 10 Chrisman players scored in the rout.


“We played really well,” Edwards said. “It was a total team effort tonight. Everyone contributed in the win. It was a big conference win.”


The Bears never gave the Trojans (10-5, 2-2) a chance, jumping to a 14-6 first-quarter lead and then extending it to 32-14 by halftime. They were in command 47-24 after three quarters as Park Hill had only eight field goals.


“I didn’t think the other girls could beat us,” Park Hill coach Brian Rockers said. “McQuain had only two points at halftime. But give them credit.”


McQuain didn’t get her hands on the ball until four minutes elapsed and took only two shots in the half.


It mattered little as Edwards scored all 10 of her points and Parton came off the bench to add seven by the time the first-half buzzer sounded.


A solid Chrisman defense held Park Hill to 14-of-44 shooting, helped force 27 turnovers and dominated the boards 30-23. The Bears also shot free throws better, 14 of 20, and shot a decent 20 of 44 from the field. The only unimpressive statistic was 21 turnovers. Ciara Reed was the top rebounder with 10.


“We played good defense,” Redditt said. “We had to come out strong. Coach (Lindsay Thompson) told me to come out strong offensively and play good defense.”


Thompson was pleased with her team’s Chrisman performance coming off an overtime loss to Lee’s Summit West in Saturday’s Truman Tournament championship (see related story on B1).


“We had a good balanced attack,” Thompson said. “Brittany is the focus, but we have 10 kids and they all played well. We defended well and the guards did a good job applying pressure. It was a good effort.


“They love playing basketball for William Chrisman and we love coaching them.”


Emma Gossett and Kyleesha Weston shared Park Hill scoring honors with 10 points each.


Chrisman held on for a 40-38 junior varsity effort as freshman Neika Wheeler scored 12 points.