It was several of the toughest minutes of Brittany McQuain’s high school basketball career.

All the William Chrisman senior standout could do was sit and watch as Lee’s Summit West outscored the Bears 10-3 in the four-minute overtime to claim a 56-49 victory in the Truman Tournament finals Saturday.

It was several of the toughest minutes of Brittany McQuain’s high school basketball career.
All the William Chrisman senior standout could do was sit and watch as Lee’s Summit West outscored the Bears 10-3 in the four-minute overtime to claim a 56-49 victory in the Truman Tournament finals Saturday.
“It was driving me crazy,” she said of the overtime as the Bears were denied in claiming the tourney title for only the second time and first since 1994. Chrisman also was seeking its first tourney championship since capturing the Fort Osage Tournament title in 2001.
As a result of a fierce rebounding battle, McQuain was called for her fifth foul with four-tenths of a second remaining in regulation play. So she went to bench after scoring 24 points and grabbing a career-high 22 rebounds.
West’s quick standout sophomore guard, Emiah Bingley, went to the free-throw line for a one-and-one situation and a chance to win the game. But the first attempt caromed off the back of the rim and the teams went into overtime.
With McQuain watching nervously on the bench, the Bears (9-7) lacked a go-to player. Consequently, they failed to score a basket and were 3 of 8 on free throws, capping a dismal 7-of-20 effort that contributed to the loss.
“We work on them every day,” McQuain, who was only 2 of 8 herself, said of the free throws after finishing with 67 points in the three tournament games to lead the Bears into the finals.
Bingley’s key defensive play lifted West in the overtime. Bingley left the player she was guarding to intercept a pass and drive for a layup while she was fouled. The three-point play gave West a 51-48 lead with 1:46 remaining.
“She did a great job anticipating the pass,” West coach Darin Hall said. “She is a great player.”
Just 31 seconds later, Bingley hit two free throws for a 53-48 West edge. The foul shots capped a career-high 23 points for Bingley sealed the victory for the Titans.
“It was a big steal,” Bingley said. “I could see the pass coming. The win boosted our confidence.”
West (7-9) led most of the way in the highly competitive game until McQuain scored eight consecutive points to lift the Bears to a 46-44 lead with 1:44 remaining.
Binkley’s basket with 1:21 remaining tied the score and set up the overtime.
“We played hard,” Chrisman junior Mariah Wheaton said. “We played good overall for the week.”
West led at the end of each quarter, including a 37-33 advantage entering the final period. But the Titans committed seven turnovers and McQuain scored 10 points in the fourth to help Chrisman tie it and send it to overtime.
Chrisman coach Lindsay Thompson was pleased with her team despite suffering a tough loss.
“The kids played hard all week,” she said. “I was really proud of them. Hopefully, the next time we execute better.”
Chrisman shot just 19 of 60 from the field but dominated the boards 43-29.
McQuain was the only Bear in double figures. But junior Calle Edwards hit three key 3-pointers for all of her nine points. Katie Douglas added 10 points for Lee's Summit West.
“The guard play was the difference,” West coach Darin Hall said. “McQuain kept us off the boards. We hit some big shots. It was a nice week for us. The junior varsity won the Blue Springs South tournament.”