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Pirates hammered at
William Jewell event

by Ted Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Boys’ Basketball team entered the William Jewell Christmas High School Tournament as underdogs. They were forced to go up against much larger schools that included Liberty and Park Hill South.

In their first game of the tournament, the 3-5 Platte County team had to take on the 7-1 Liberty Blue Jays. Liberty had the number one seed in the tournament, while Platte County was seeded ninth.

Liberty dominated the game, setting the tone for the rest of the game by outscoring Platte County 17-9 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Pirates could not pull any closer to Liberty. The Blue Jays put up 18 points compared to the Pirates 9 points. This gave Liberty a 35-18 halftime lead.

Platte County was able to put up 14 points in the third quarter, but Liberty still outscored the Pirates with 19 points of their own.

Liberty broke the game open in the fourth quarter. They outscored Platte County 28-7.

The final score of the game was 82-39.

The leading scorers for Platte County included senior Mitch Black with 14, junior Sean O’Connor with 8 points, junior Kyle Richter with 6, junior Travis Frogge with 4, freshman Zo Riley with 3 points, and juniors Mark Dudley and Brent Parker both had 2 points apiece. O’Connor led the team with two three-pointers.

The loss to Liberty sent Platte County into the losers bracket to face the Park Hill South Panthers.

The 6-2 Panthers took an early lead that the now 3-6 Pirates could not recover from. In the first quarter, Park Hill South overwhelmed the Pirates, outscoring them 22-4.

The Pirates played the Panthers neck and neck in the second quarter as the Pirates and Panthers both scored 12 points. This gave Park Hill South a 34-16 halftime lead.

Park Hill South continued to control the game in the third quarter of action as they outscored the struggling Pirates 14-9.

The Pirates tried to rally back in the fourth quarter, but they could not catch the Panthers, despite outscoring the Panthers 19-7.

Park Hill South won the game by a final score of 55-44, which meant that they would advance to the next round, and that Platte County was out of the tournament.

The leading scorers for Platte County against Park Hill South included Black with 15, Frogge with 10, Riley with 7, Richter and junior Taylor Seerdorf with 4 points apiece, and Parker and junior Brian Connel both had 2 points each.