The William Chrisman girls basketball team tried to slow the pace to a crawl in Monday night’s Class 5 District 15 semifinal.

It nearly worked against top-seeded and undefeated Liberty, until the second half, when the Blue Jays claimed a 28-15 win.

The Bears held the 25-0 Blue Jays to no points in the second quarter to grab an 11-9 halftime lead. But the Bears managed just four points the rest of the way to Liberty’s 19.

Senior Jennifer David scored 13 of Chrisman’s 15 points in her final high school game as the Bears finished 14-12 for the season. Amanda Szopinski had the other two points and Mele Taula grabbed five rebounds.

WINNETONKA 51, VAN HORN 44: A furious fourth-quarter rally wasn’t enough to save the Van Horn girls from a sluggish first half in the Class 4 District 15 semifinals at the Interscholastic Fieldhouse in Kansas City.

The Falcons managed just six first-half points – three in each quarter – while falling behind 23-6 at the intermission.

Trailing 35-16 entering the fourth quarter, the Falcons outscored the Griffins 28-16 but it was enough as they finished the season at 15-9.

Daisy Washington scored 15 points, Lexi Robinson added 11 and Breannah Pace had seven to lead Van Horn.


LEE’S SUMMIT NORTH 57, BELTON 56: The Lee’s Summit North boys basketball team survived to play another day.

Hayden Cole poured in 23 points as the Broncos staved off Belton in a Class 5 District 13 semifinal for a 57-56 win and a berth in Tuesday’s semifinals.

The Broncos grabbed a 16-13 lead after the first quarter and clung to a 42-41 lead entering the fourth but held off the Pirates at Lee’s Summit High School.

Cole sank four 3-pointers on the way to his game-high total. Dayne Davis added 11 points and Peyton Anderson had nine.

The Broncos (5-20) face top-seeded and sixth-ranked Raymore-Peculiar (22-3) at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.