Platte County broke out of a shooting slump with a slew of 3-pointers.
The Pirates stopped a two-game losing streak with a 71-40 blowout of Pleasant Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Platte County High School. They dropped in 11 3s on 22 attempts and buried the Chicks from the outset.
Jaycie Stubbs and Taylor Farr — a pair of sophomore guards — combined for eight of the 3s. Stubbs hits five and finished with a team-high 17 points, while Farr went 3-for-6 beyond the arc and had 11 points. Hannah Valentine, Amy Lett and Stephanie Carroll hit one 3 apiece.
Valentine had 13 points, going 6-for-8 on free throws.
Stubbs had four assists and four steals, while Rockey Chambers put up seven points, nine rebounds and four assists. Liz Peterson, a senior forward, finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
Valentine chipped in three assists.
Platte County had 24 points off turnovers and 23 second-chance points, part of a 44-28 advantage in rebounds. The Pirates started slow during back-to-back losses against St. Joseph Lafayette and St. Joseph Central and hit just six 3-pointers total in their previous four games (three of those losses).
Platte County 83, Ruskin 52
The Pirates won a second straight, improving to 6-4 with a win Monday, Dec. 19 in Kansas City, Mo.
Going into the holiday break, Platte County completed a busy stretch of games with a dominant offensive showing. The Pirates put up at least 19 points in every quarter and survived Ruskin’s surge of 25 points in the third.
Platte County’s Ava White, a senior guard, started out strong and finished with a career-high 23 points, while Chambers added 14 and Stubbs 10. In all, 11 players scored for the Pirates, including 3s for sophomore guards Farr (six points) and Carroll (five points).
Platte County’s 10 games included a stretch of nine in 22 days. The Pirates opened at 3-1 before losses to North Kansas City, St. Joseph Lafayette and St. Joseph Central in a span of just six days.