Park Hill South nearly let a big lead slip away behind turnovers and missed shots.
Up 13 going into the fourth quarter, the Panthers held on for a 52-51 victory against Oak Park on Thursday, Dec. 8 in Kansas City, Mo. Three players scored in double figures with Dymeria Guillory putting up a season-high 17 points, despite shooting 5-for-16 on free throws.
Park Hill South improved to 2-4 overall and stopped a four-game losing streak.
Oak Park committed 31 turnovers but also forced 17. According to first-year Park Hill South coach Josh Dorr, the Panthers started rushing shots early in the fourth quarter, and they went 17 of 39 on free throws overall.
Kate Eischens (11 points) and De’Jaria Guillory (10 points) also scored in double figures. They combined to go 11 for 17 on free throws.
Dymeria Guillory had eight steals, while De’Jaria Guillory had five assists.
Park Hill South plays next Friday, Dec. 16 at Staley.
North Kansas City 46, Park Hill 44, OT
The Trojans lost in overtime for the second time in three days.
Gigi Hopkins scored a game-high 16 points and hit the game’s only four 3-pointers. However, North Kansas City led by seven at halftime, and after an offensively starved third quarter, the Trojans had to rally back late to force the extra session.
Taiya Shelby added 15 points for Park Hill (4-2), which shot 24 free throws but made only 14.
St. Joseph Benton 42, Park Hill 35
The Trojans forced the defending Class 4 state champions into overtime Tuesday, Dec. 6 in St. Joseph, Mo. but couldn’t spring the upset.
Park Hill scored just one point in overtime after rallying in the fourth quarter to tie the score at the end of regulation. Hopkins scored 11 for the Trojans but fouled out.
Alex Berger had eight points and Shelby seven.