Park Hill boys snap out of funk; Park Hill South keeps rolling

Park Hill snapped out of a two-game funk and hammered Ruskin 74-51 on Friday, Feb. 6 at Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Mo. Coming off of a loss and an overtime win, the Trojans (15-4, 3-1 Suburban League Red Division) placed four scorers in double figures, and Louis Reinmiller added nine points. They shot 50 percent from the field overall and hit six 3-pointers.

Landry Shamet — a senior point guard signed to Wichita State — led the way with team-highs of 15 points and eight rebounds.

Deionte Wilson and Tanner Zeil followed with 12 points apiece, while guard Dru Smith added 10 off the bench in the win for Park Hill, which is 5-3 in its past eight games. The Trojans hosted Truman on Tuesday, Feb. 10, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline.

Park Hill plays at Park Hill South on Friday, Feb. 13 in a huge matchup in terms of determining the division champion. Park Hill South won the previous matchup the week prior to take the early lead in the race.

Park Hill 67, St. Joseph Central 65, OT

The Trojans narrowly avoided a stunning upset and second straight loss on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Park Hill High School.

A big third quarter pushed Central to a 46-42 lead with 8 minutes to play. The Indians forged a final tie inside of a minute left in the fourth quarter to force the overtime.

Behind 20 points from Shamet, Park Hill pushed into the lead and held on with a final 3-point attempt for Central off an inbounds with 3.6 seconds left hit the side of the backboard at the buzzer. Deionte Wilson added 15 points and Brandon Townsell finished with 11 for the Trojans.

Central hit nine 3-pointers, including three apiece for Jayden Bristol (game-high 26 points) and Matt Austin (15 points).

Park Hill South 64, Truman 50

The Panthers bolted to an early lead and remained unbeaten in Suburban League Red Division play with an easy win Friday, Feb. 6 at Truman High School.

Park Hill South (15-3) had won four straight to open league play entering a matchup Tuesday, Feb. 10 against Liberty, currently tied for second with Park Hill, but the result was not available at The Citizen’s deadline. The Panthers also host Park Hill on Friday, Feb. 13, making this week big for determining the conference champion.

Against Truman, Park Hill South led 20-7 after the first quarter and rolled from there behind 17 points for Ryan Welty and 13 apiece for Mitch Henderson and Allen Hyatt. Welty and Henderson combined to hit five of the Panthers’ six 3-pointers.

Truman made just 9-of-21 free throw attempts, while Park Hill South shot 20 of 29 at the line.

Park Hill South 70, Ruskin 53

Welty totaled 23 points in a home game Tuesday, Feb. 3 that ran the Panthers’ win streak to three.

Park Hill South bolted to an early lead but needed to pull away in the second half after going into halftime up just three. The Panthers outscored Ruskin 38-23 in the second half with James Byrd adding 13 points.

Easton Fortuna rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10. The high-scoring trio combined for all six of Park Hill South’s 3-pointers — three from Welty.