Friday night might not have marked Steve Broughton’s last game as a high school basketball coach, but it was his last time to coach his daughter, Whitney, in high school basketball.

Friday night might not have marked Steve Broughton’s last game as a high school basketball coach, but it was his last time to coach his daughter, Whitney, in high school basketball.

Broughton watched his daughter’s high school hoops career end with Grain Valley’s 49-34 loss to top-seeded Pleasant Hill in the Class 4 District 14 final at Oak Grove High School. Whitney Broughton, a senior, finished with five points, two assists and two steals.

Broughton, who coached softball and boys basketball at Truman before taking over Grain Valley’s girls program, plans to take some time to decide if he’ll continue coaching.

“I wanted to coach until she got done,” he said. “And I don’t really (want to) say. I don’t want to make that decision tonight, because it’s pretty disappointing right now.”

However, Broughton has decided that he’ll watch his daughter play collegiate volleyball. Whitney, the younger of Broughton’s two children, has signed to attend Central Methodist.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her play volleyball,” he said.

For Whitney, having her father coach her and being part of Grain Valley’s girls basketball program has “been a really great experience.”

“The girls have been great,” she said. “And we’ve accomplished a lot in the last four years we were here. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

Whitney is one of five seniors on the Eagles’ roster. The others include Taylor Lipps and Paige Mead, who led the No. 2-seeded Eagles with seven points each.

Mead said that the Eagles (15-11) wanted to win Friday “a lot more than they did.” Ironically, that desire worked against them.

“We were so focused on getting the ball that, every time, we just threw it away,” Mead said. “We were moving too fast.”

In terms of turnovers, Grain Valley actually gave the ball away fewer times than Pleasant Hill. The Eagles committed 16 turnovers to the Chicks’ 18.

But in terms of shooting and rebounding, the Eagles threw away scoring chances. Grain Valley was 13 of 37 from the field (35.1 percent). By contrast, Pleasant Hill was 22 of 40. The Chicks also outrebounded the Eagles 23-13.

Grain Valley’s offensive struggles began during the first quarter. After the Eagles tied it 2-2 with two free throws, the Chicks ripped off an 11-0 run against their Missouri River Valley Conference West rivals. Pleasant Hill led 15-7 at quarter’s end.

“I think they got out to a good start – and that just overwhelmed us and we got scared,” Whitney Broughton said.

The Chicks led 31-16 at halftime and 46-24 after three quarters. Grain Valley outscored Pleasant Hill 10-3 in the final quarter.

“After that bad start early, I thought maybe we could get back in the game,” Steve Broughton said. “But we just couldn’t get stops –  and then, we couldn’t get rebounds.”

 Specifically, the Eagles had problems stopping Hanna Thomsen from scoring and rebounding. The senior guard scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to help put the Chicks at 24-3 and continue a season that Chicks coach Jim Underwood described as “fun.”

“We’ve got good players and I’m just along for the ride,” Underwood said. “They’ve taken me in this year and it’s been a blast.”

For Underwood and Pleasant Hill, the ride will continue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, when the Chicks face the O’Hara-Hickman Mills winner at Lee’s Summit High School.