One brief lapse by the William Chrisman girls basketball team led to a 9-0 run by Lee’s Summit North in a 52-33 Bronco victory to open the Bronco Invitational at Lee’s Summit North High School on Monday night.

One brief lapse by the William Chrisman girls basketball team led to a 9-0 run by Lee’s Summit North in a 52-33 Bronco victory to open the Bronco Invitational at Lee’s Summit North High School on Monday night.

Lee’s Summit North’s Cady Jo Lennan swooped in among three Bear rebounders and grabbed a missed free throw attempt in the third period.

She fired the ball out to Erica Nelson, who hit a 3-point bomb to give the Broncos a 27-24 lead at the 3:33 mark.

Before the fireworks ended, the 2-0 Broncos held a 35-28 lead and Chrisman (0-1) never recovered, scoring just five points in the final period.

“You could feel all the momentum swing to us after Cady got the rebound and Erica hit the 3-pointer,” said Bronco center Imani Johnson, a 6-foot sophomore who led all scorers with 19 points.

“That was the play of the game. You could feel that shot lift us up and they just didn’t play the same after we got that 3-pointer and scored all those points in a row.”
Nelson said her 3-pointer was the result of Lennan’s hustle.

“That was a big rebound by Cady,” Nelson said. “When I got the ball, I was all alone and just shot it. A shot like that can give a team some momentum, and that’s what it did for us.”

“Some lapses in concentration and some stretches where we didn’t play very well cost us tonight,” Bears coach Lindsey Thompson said. “I can’t remember when we’ve been outrebounded, and we got our butts kicked on the boards tonight.

“Johnson is a big presence in the lane and she just dominated. The bad thing is we let it happen. The good thing is that any mistake we made tonight is correctable.”

The Bears led 11-8 after one quarter with their uptempo offense giving the Broncos some problems.

But once the game settled into a halfcourt affair, it was all Lee’s Summit North as the Broncos took a slim 20-18 lead into the half and outscored the Bears 32-14 in the second half.

“We played like a different team the second half,” said Johnson, who finished with 19 points and 14 boards. “I think it really helped us tonight by playing (Truman) last week.

“We have a win under our belt and we’re playing with some confidence. Chrisman did some things that you could tell it was their first game. They have a lot of talent and they’re going to get a lot better as they play some more games.”
Thompson agreed.

“That’s why we play in this tournament to start the season,” Thompson said. “We get in some games, work on some things and then prepare for next week. We have North over at our place next week and we hope there will be a different outcome – but the girls have a lot of work to do.”

Nieka Wheeler, who battled foul problems most of the night, led the Bears with 10 points. Courtney Osborn added 10 points for the Broncos.