An explosive night for Fort Osage’s offense came to a halt in the fourth quarter.

An explosive night for Fort Osage’s offense came to a halt in the fourth quarter.
The Indians mustered only seven points in the fourth, struggling against Kansas City Central’s zone, and lost 59-51 in the Class 5 District 15 semifinals at William Chrisman High School.
“Their zone hurt us,” Indians coach Dawn Williams said. “We had two or three turnovers in a row and no offensive rebounds out of the zone. That’s what killed us.”
Fort Osage (11-14) hung with the fast-paced Eagles for the first three quarters, taking a one-point lead into the fourth quarter.
But when Central switched to a zone, sparked by 6-foot-2 center Tesia Danner in the middle, the Indians had trouble working the ball inside to forwards Alyssa Faiva and Kelcy Vanarsdall.
“They had a girl on me the whole time, denying me the ball,” said Vanarsdall, who led the Indians with 18 points in her final high school game. “They were big, tough girls in there.”
Early on, it looked like the Indians were poised for the upset, as Courtney Gapelu scored all 14 of her points in the first half.
“We were just pumped up,” Gapelu said. “We knew this was a good team, and we couldn’t come out weak. We had to come out strong. We had to play five strong and play as a team.”
Despite the fast pace and deeper bench – Central only played six players – the Indians could never widen their lead.
“We didn’t shoot from the outside until the end,” Williams said. “We wanted to pound it inside and get them in foul trouble. We had the right passes, just not at the right time.”
Vanarsdall said she was proud of the way the team played in its final game.
“This was our best game,” she said. “The girls played their hearts out and gave everything they had. I’m really proud of the improvement the team has made. We came a long, long way.”