Jacque David had a confession to make after her William Chrisman High School girls team defeated No. 2 state-ranked North Kansas City 55-45 in a Suburban Middle Seven matchup Monday night on the Hornets’ new court.
“I was nervous, so nervous before the game,” said David, who scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, despite playing with three fouls most of the game and then picking up her fourth early in the fourth quarter for the No. 3 state-ranked Bears.
“They are a great team, they’re playing at home in front of a great crowd, and it took me a while to start playing my game. I don’t like to play with four fouls, but I told myself I was not going to foul out because the game was too big to be sitting on the bench.”
Teammate Gia Moore was not going to let David foul out, as she told her, “‘We need you. I’ll take inside, you take the perimeter.’ We need you the fourth quarter. I guess she was listening to me.”
David and Moore were involved in a game-changing series at 4:45 of the fourth quarter.
The Hornets had chipped away at the Bears lead, making it a 39-38 game at the midway point of the final period.
That’s when Moore hit a long-range 3-pointer from the baseline and David followed with a slick layup.
A Hornet player was called for a technical when she disputed a foul and David hit the free throw to complete her old fashioned 3-point play. Moore then connected on one of two technical free throws and suddenly it was a 46-38 game and Northtown never seriously challenged the Bears for the remainder of the night.
“I knew Gia was going to hit a free throw,” David said, “and her 3-pointer was big. She also shot one at the end of the second quarter and Adreal (Bell) hit that huge one at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter. I call Adreal the silent killer – that’s what she was tonight.”
The Bears, under the crafty leadership of coach Scott Schaefer, held the 21-2, 10-1 Hornets at bay for the remainder of the game as David scored nine points and grabbed five boards in the fourth quarter.
“It was so hard to get into an offensive flow tonight because North Kansas City plays such strong defense,” said Schaefer, whose Bears improved to 20-2 and 8-1 in league play. “We hit some big threes – Gia in the second quarter, Adreal at the end of the third and Gia again in the fourth quarter.
“Jacque played a strong game despite all the fouls. You could tell how important this game was to both teams. They both played hard. And I’m happy for our kids – this was a big win for them and our program.”
Chrisman jumped out to a 13-6 first-quarter lead and never trailed, although Northtown made it interesting in the fourth quarter.
“My dad told me that good shooters keep shooting, and that’s why I took those 3-pointers,” said Moore, who finished with 13 points and six rebounds. “I felt it each time I took those 3-pointers, and it helped us win this game.
“Beating the No. 2 team in the state is very special for me. We played a complete team game. Everyone contributed – that’s how you beat a great team like North Kansas City.”
Ja’Mya Powell-Smith single handedly rallied the Hornets early in the fourth quarter, scoring four of five points to make it a 37-36 game at the 7:05 mark.
“They made that run at us, but I was proud that we never let them take the lead,” David said. “This was just a great night for Chrisman basketball. I am so happy for my teammates, our coaches and all our fans who came to support us on a bad (weather) night.”
Powell-Smith finished with 20 points. Amanda Szopinski added 12 points for the Bears.