Host William Chrisman outscored the Fort Osage Indians 16-6 in the quarter on the way to a 57-43 victory. Nine turnovers and 1-of-9 shooting sealed Fort Osage’s fate in the period.

A poor third quarter slapped Fort Osage again in the face Tuesday night.

Host William Chrisman outscored the Indians 16-6 in the quarter on the way to a 57-43 victory. Nine turnovers and 1-of-9 shooting sealed Fort Osage’s fate in the period.

Despite playing its fourth game in five days, the Indians put forth great effort. But 12-of-37 shooting and 28 turnovers  couldn’t overcome the gritty play of the Bears.

A tough Chrisman defense forced the Indians to work hard for most of their 12 baskets.

Still, the Indians trailed only 49-43 with 3:01 remaining on Setoa Talimatasi’s basket. The Indians, though, wouldn’t score again while the Bears added eight points in easing to the win.

Two key fourth-quarter baskets by Ciara Reed helped put more distance between the Indians and Bears in a physical, helter-skelter game.

“It’s a big rivalry,” said Reed, who scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in another balanced Chrisman showing. “We played hard and got the win. I’m always working hard to get better.

“You have to keep going and pushing,” she said of Chrisman playing its fourth game in six days with three victories.

Chrisman (11-7) didn’t shoot well, just 22 of 62, but had only 14 turnovers while Fort Osage had nearly twice as many.

“It was tough loss,” said the Indians’ Jamie Martin, who had eight points. “We played hard. The little mistakes hurt us.”

Indians coach Dawn Williams lauded her team’s effort.

“But we got dribble happy in the third quarter, didn’t move the ball and attack the glass,” Williams said. “Offensively, we weren’t aggressive in the second half. They played hard, but it was not good enough. Most of the turnovers were mental and made collectively.”

Fort Osage senior Courtney Gapelu played as though it was her last high school game. She hustled and battled to score 14 points and grab 10 rebounds in leading a 27-24 Fort Osage edge on the boards. No other Indian scored in double figures.

She hit a long 3-pointer as the first half closed, pulling the Indians to within one at 29-28 before they faltered in the third.

Brittany McQuain, as usual, led Chrisman with 17 points, but had only six in the second half.

“Our big kids held their own against her,” Williams said. “She didn’t dominate.”

Other Chrisman standouts were Mariah Wheaton, who perhaps had her best game with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Brooke Parton, who came off the bench to score nine points.

Bears coach Lindsay Thompson said her team played much better in the second half.

“It was nice to see them turn it around,” she said. “They didn’t expect that tough of a game.”

Chrisman was a 43-17 junior varsity winner behind Kelsey Edwards’ nine points. Mikaela Giles led Fort Osage with seven.