The 18-2 William Chrisman High School girls basketball team is so good, even when the best-laid plans don’t work, coach Scott Schaefer’s squad still finds a way to dismantle its opponent.
The Bears took a 25-14 lead into halftime of Monday night’s non-conference home game against Raymore-Peculiar, a contest the Chrisman won 50-26.
“We wanted to come out and work the ball inside in the third quarter, but they were defending against that, so we went to our perimeter game,” said guard Gia Moore, who hit back-to-back 3-pointers to trigger an 11-0 run. “We were hitting from the outside, and it really helped balance our offense. I was really feeling it in the third quarter and my shots were falling.”
Moore scored eight of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter. She finished with five 3-pointers and the praise of teammate Jacque David, who was double- and triple-teamed in the paint.
“It makes my life a lot easier when we are hitting from the outside,” said David, a 6-foot forward who dominated inside and finished with 15 points. “I can get frustrated with all the double-teaming, but that’s OK as long as we win. Winning is what it important, especially at this time of the season.”
While Moore was lighting it up from the outside and David was dominating in the paint, the Bears were playing the type of defense that put a smile on Schaefer’s face.
“We play great when we listen to Coach Schaefer and do what he tells us to do,” Moore said. “We know that Raymore-Peculiar is a very good team and we wanted to play strong defense from the first quarter on to win this game.”
The Bears allowed 10 points in the first quarter, just four in the second, seven in the third and five in the final period.
“A team looks very good when it hits from the outside like we were hitting tonight,” Schaefer said. “Our guards did a great job all night and our kids take a lot of pride in playing the type of defense we played tonight.
“We run certain drills during practice and the girls were playing tonight like they play during the drills. I was very happy with the way we played all night.”
Aliyah Green was the lone Panther in double figures with 11 points.