Park Hill girls still alive for 2nd in Red Division

Park Hill closed its home schedule with a 61-43 win against Ruskin behind 27 points from star forward Riana Everidge on Monday, Feb. 23 at Park Hill High School. The Trojans were up 17-8 after the first quarter and were not challenged from there. Amanda Alexander added 15 in the win.

Park Hill improved to 17-7 and 6-3 in Suburban League Red Division play ahead of a Thursday, Feb. 26 conference finale. The Trojans play at Truman (15-8, 7-2) with a chance to forge a tie for second behind division winner Liberty.

Truman won the previous matchup 60-49, handing Park Hill its only home loss of the season.

Park Hill has won three of its past four and owns the top seed in Class 5 District 16 as the only team with a winning record. The Trojans don’t play until Tuesday, March 3 at Central High School against the winner of Oak Park and Park Hill South.

Truman 69, Park Hill South 39

Coming off their first Red Division win of the year, the Panthers were doomed by a poor second quarter on Monday, Feb. 23 at Park Hill South High School.

Truman had four players with at least nine points and took a 41-21 lead into halftime after outscoring Park Hill South 25-8 in the second quarter. Mackenzie Stout scored 15 points in her final home game to lead the Panthers, who dropped to 7-17 and 1-8 in league play.

Park Hill South entered off of a 53-51 win at Ruskin on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Panthers didn’t take their first lead until 3 seconds remained.

The regular season closes with a trip to Red Division champion Liberty on Thursday, Feb. 26 ahead of the district opener on Monday, March 2. Park Hill South and Oak Park (5-17) have met twice this year — the first a 23-point win for Park Hill South and the second a 19-point win for the Lady Oakies.