The No. 21 will win in black jack.

It also was the winning number for the William Chrisman girls basketball team Tuesday night.

The No. 21 will win in black jack.
It also was the winning number for the William Chrisman girls basketball team Tuesday night.
Joby Parton had a career high in 3-pointers and points with five and 21, respectively.
Brittany McQuain tied her career-high as well, matching Parton’s 21 points.
Oh, yes, the Bears also had 21 field goals.
The most important number, though, was a  54-50 victory over host Fort Osage Tuesday night. It also was a rewarding homecoming for Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson, a former assistant coach at Fort Osage.
Parton took only 12 shots but hit seven. Three of the treys came in the fourth quarter as the Bears (10-8) matched Fort Osage’s 14 points to hold on for the win.
“I had been in a slump,” Parton said. “The shot felt good. I have been working hard in practice to get it back. It felt good to win. Fort Osage beat us three times last year.”
Chrisman has beaten the Indians twice this season. The first came Saturday with a 64-52 win in the seventh-place game in the Pete Hile Invitational at Truman.
The Bears outscored Fort Osage 33-25 in the second half in overcoming a 25-21 halftime deficit. Parton had 13 of her points in the final two periods, while McQuain added 12.
“We had to put it all together,” said McQuain, who also had nine rebounds. “It takes a team to win a game.”
The biggest lead enjoyed by either team was six by Chrisman on three occasions. There were four ties and 10 lead changes.
Elaine McAlister’s third basket of the quarter enabled Fort Osage (6-10) to tie it 50-50.
Then Parton sealed the Chrisman win with her fifth 3-pointer from the right side and Ciera Redditt added a free throw.
“That three killed us,” Fort Osage coach Dawn Williams said of Parton’s shot.
Fort Osage fell despite outrebounding the Bears 35-25, including eight offensive rebounds for baskets.
“We stop rebounding in the fourth quarter and transition defense cost the game,” Williams said. “We missed a lot of shots. But McAlister gave us good effort (with eight points and eight rebounds). She has done a good job playing post defense.”
Kelcy Vanarsdall led the Indians with 12 points and 10 rebounds
“It was tough loss,” Vanarsdall said. “It was frustrating because we had a chance to win the game and didn’t pull through.”
Thompson wasn’t pleased that two players scored 42 of her team’s 54 points. She would have liked more balanced scoring. Still, she gladly took the win.
“Joby had a great night and came through and did some fantastic things,” she said. “She is not only a player but a leader and that’s we have been looking for. But it took a whole  team effort to come out with a win.”
Courtney Gapelu hit two 3-pointers in scoring 10 points for the Indians.
Mikayla Oliphant’s 3-pointers with five seconds remaining gave Fort Osage a 68-67 overtime junior varsity victory. The Indians rallied from a 33-15 halftime deficit to tie the score 57-57 at the end of regulation play.
Sarah Perrigo had 15 points and Setoa Talimatasi 14 for Fort Osage’s JV. Mariah Wheaton and Calle Edwards each scored 15 for Chrisman.