The Truman girls basketball team seemed to be on the way to an easy conference win after the first quarter Thursday.

Then the second quarter came.

After leading 19-5 after the first, the Patriots managed just two points in the second period as Park Hill South drew within 21-18 by halftime on the way to a 44-40 Suburban Large Seven victory.

The Panthers outscored Truman 17-9 in the third for a 35-30 lead entering the final period and held off the Patriots.

Deon Monroe fueled Truman’s first-quarter surge with nine of her team-high 14 points. Abby Whiting added eight points and Taliyah Scott had seven as the Patriots dropped to 14-10 overall and 5-6 in the conference with their sixth straight loss.

NORTH KANSAS CITY 56, FORT OSAGE 32: Fort Osage rallied with a strong second half but the hole was too big to crawl out of in a Suburban Middle Seven loss to the defending state champion Hornets Thursday.

Fort Osage fell behind 18-9 after the first quarter and the Hornets extended their lead to 27-11 by halftime as the Indians managed just two points in the second.

“Really proud of the second half effort after a really rough start,” Fort Osage coach Lindsay Thompson said.

Macie Smith scored 10 points, Brooklyn Gilpin added eight and Katelyn Ward had seven to lead Fort Osage (6-16, 2-9), which has lost four straight.

JaMya Powell-Smith scored 20 points to lead Northtown (17-7, 9-3).

VAN HORN 67, KCK WASHINGTON 40: Breannah Pace fired in 19 points as Van Horn cruised to a home victory over Kansas City (Kan.) Washington Thursday.

Daisy Washington added 16 points as the Falcons improved to 15-5 overall.