South girls close regular season with blowout, prepare for districts

Park Hill South closed the regular season with a dominant 57-29 victory Monday, Feb. 20 in Riverside, Mo.

Dymeria Guillory led three scorers in double figures for the Panthers (11-14) with 15 points. Emily Dinovo added 11 points with a pair of 3-pointers, while sophomore center Alecia Westbrook finished with 10 points.

Park Hill South led 26-13 at halftime and held Raytown to just four points in the third quarter.
Finishing at 6-4 in Suburban Conference Red Division play, Park Hill South sits in third place, needing a loss from St. Joseph Central on Friday, Feb. 24 at Liberty to force a three-way tie for second between the three schools. 

Park Hill South has the No. 3 seed in the upcoming five-team Class 5 District 14 tournament, and the Panthers are scheduled to play second-seeded St. Teresa’s Academy (10-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Park Hill South High School in Riverside, Mo. The semifinal winner advances to the championship game set for Friday, March 3.

St. Joseph Central 56, Park Hill South 53

The Panthers let a 12-point lead in the first half slip away Friday, Feb. 17 in St. Joseph, Mo.

Up 26-14 late in the first half, Park Hill South went into the break up 26-19 after Central’s Jaelyn Haggard scored five unanswered in the final minute of the second quarter. The Indians then took their first lead of the game on a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer.

The fourth quarter featured five lead changes, but Park Hill South couldn’t come back despite 28 points from Westbrook.

Park Hill 51, Lee’s Summit 48, OT

Alex Berger hit a key 3-pointer early in overtime Thursday, Feb. 16, propelling the Trojans to a Suburban Conference Gold Division win in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Park Hill led the whole way in overtime after Berger’s 3 in a back-and-forth matchup. The Trojans were up seven at the end of the first half but ended up in overtime tied at 42 after missing a potential game-winner near the end of regulation.

Taiya Shelby finished with 14 points for Park Hill, and she hit four key free throws in overtime. Gigi Hopkins (nine points), also hit one late to stretch the lead to 50-45 with 20 seconds to go.

Park Hill (17-6) improved to 8-3 in the Gold Division, second behind unbeaten champion Lee’s Summit North. Park Hill closes the regular season Thursday, Feb. 24 vs. Raymore-Peculiar, and the Trojans have the No. 1 seed for the Class 5 District 16 tournament, opening play in a semifinal Monday, Feb. 27 against either Oak Park or Winnetonka.