1.21.20 LANCERS OUTLAST PARKWAY FOR FIRST WIN
The lady panthers were hoping to stop their recent skid with a visit to winless Lincolnview on Tuesday evening. But the hosts were up to the task and came away with their first win of the season. The lancers started the game off with a 6-0 run, but Parkway was able to shave that deficit to just three points after one quarter was in the books. Our second stanza of the ball game saw Parkway take a lead, although it was short lived. The pace of the game seemed a bit fast for the panthers style of play as the lancers wanted to run the court. But Lincolnview also had difficulties with the speed and both teams played sloppy throughout the game. It was a low scoring affair that saw the hosts take a 14-12 advantage to the locker room at the half. The third quarter was a draw as each team garnered 10 points and set up a two point game with just one period left to play. The panthers were able to match Lincolnviews buckets late in the contest. But then Parkway came up short with just over a minute left in the game. That's when the lady lancers took control of the game, from the charity stripe. The panthers were forced to foul and a Parkway victory rested on the hope that Lincolnview would miss those crucial shots. Lincolnview toed the line and rode it to their first victory of the season, dropping the panthers to just 4-10 on the year. The panther junior varsity won a 2 quarter contest over the lancers.
12.30.19 PANTHERS FALL DESPITE EICHLERS DOUBLE/DOUBLE
The lady panthers were looking to get back to back wins, but just fell short against the visiting lady trojans. Both squads were a bit rusty after the Christmas break. It was a one point game after the first quarter and as we went into the half, Botkins held a 21-19 lead. The trojans had a better third period than the panthers, they were able to pull ahead by four points heading into the final period. But the fourth quarter was all about defense for both squads. It was a very low scoring period, we saw the defenses dominate the period. Neither team was very successful on the offensive end and Botkins would finish the contest with a 37- 32 victory. That drops the panthers to 4-5 on the season. Parkway was led by Claire Eichler with a double/double, she had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The junior varsity won easily in a 2 quarter contest.
12.23.19 LADIES SEAL THE VICTORY AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
The ladies were in action one more time before the Christmas break, they hosted the Celina lady bulldogs on Monday night. The lady panthers were fired up and jumped out to an 11-0 lead midway through the first period. Celina finally caught their breath and slowed down the panther attack. The bulldogs battled back for a 13-9 deficit after one quarter. The panthers picked up where they left off and had Celina hog tied on the defensive end. Meanwhile they were dropping shots and nearly building a double digit lead. Parkway held the dogs to just four points in the period with a strong defense. At the halftime break it was a 24-13 Parkway lead. Neither squad had the advantage in the third quarter, they both had their issues scoring. Leading by 10 heading into the final stanza, the lady panthers needed to keep attacking the basket. But Celina ran off six unanswered points before the panthers got on the board. That pulled them too within four points with about four minutes left in the contest. Parkway then began to attack the bucket and the visitors were often caught committing a foul. Gabby Stober, Claire Eichler, Sophia Miller and Leah Harshmen all were sent to the charity stripe. All four ladies made free throws that sealed the victory. The panthers evened their record at 4-4 with a 42-33 win. Freshman Gabby Stober led all scorers with 16 points, 6 from the charity stripe in the final minutes. Claire Eichler ruled the paint and had 10 markers in the game. The jayvees only played 2 quarters, but easily beat the bulldogs.
12.19.19 EICHLER HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE, BUT VICTORY SLIPS AWAY
Riding a two game winning streak, the lady panthers crossed the border for a titanic battle with the lady star fires. It was a battle to the very last buzzer, neither squad had held a lead more than seven points. For most of the contest, the lead was being traded back and forth. Parkway opened the game on a 6-0 run, but that was quickly extinguished and the stars took the lead. It was a 13-11 game after the first quarter of play. They continued to trade the lead in the second period, it was a total of five times. But as the clock counted down to halftime, it was the host with a one point advantage. The panthers weren’t having much luck beyond the arc and were doing their damage in the paint. But the stars were getting open looks and took advantage of them, they hit seven treys in the contest. Parkway built a seven point lead and held it for most of the third period. It really looked like they were taking control and ole mo’ was on the panthers side. The panthers held a slim 3 point advantage heading into the final stanza. South Adams welcomed ole mo’ with open arms and he helped them build a five point lead midway through the quarter. With under a minute left, Claire Eichler made a bunny and now it was a 3 point stars lead. Emiree Knittle grabbed a rebound and was fouled, she sank one free throw and now it was a only a 2 point deficit for the visitors. After a good defensive stand down court and a timeout, The ladies were ready to pull even with the stars. With a nice pass, Eichler had position and put up a shot, it didn’t go. But a panther rebound gave Parkway another chance, but that too was erased with a non call from the men in stripes. Another opportunity presented itself for the panthers, but that was literally thrown away. Both teams had their chances for victory, but it was the lady stars that got the win. Eichler was the only panther in double figures and had a double/double with 18 pts. and 10 rebounds. Kris Kirby came off the bench to give the panthers a spark with 7 points. The ladies move to 3-4 on the season.
12.12.19 INDIANS DEFENSE SHUTS THE DOOR
It had been seven days since the ladies have played a game, it showed tonight against the ft. Recovery Indians. Parkway had trouble getting any offense going early in the game. The lady Indians weren't playing their best game either at that point. Finally Gabby Stober drained a trey and the panthers were on the scoreboard. After a stop on the defensive end, she hit another one from beyond the arc and just a few points separated the teams. But the Parkway rally didn't last, neither did the scoring. Parkway never scored more than 6 points in any quarter of the game. That translated into a mere 17% shooting from the field. All the credit can't go to the Indians defense, Parkway just couldn't get them to drop. Ft. Recovery got the MAC victory with a score of 49-18. Gabby Stober led the panthers in the scoring column with 13 points.
12.5.19 WILDCAT DEFENSE SHUTS DOWN PANTHER ATTACK
The lady panthers traveled south for a game with the two time defending state champions, the Mister wildcats. It was a very low scoring and close game, for half of the first period. The hosts just had too many weapons for the panthers to stay within striking distance. Once the wildcats started hitting the treys, we knew it was probably going to get ugly for the visitors. Minster nearly doubled up Parkway in the first quarter and did in the second stanza. With a halftime score of 33-14, the wildcats were in control of the game. But Parkway battled through the press and the traps, continuing to attack the defensive pressure. Minster forced Parkway to commit 23 turnovers in the game with that defensive pressure. The Panthers didn’t shoot horrible from the field, but only put up 26 shots on the night. Minster cruised to the win and finished the game with a score of 58-25. Claire Eichler had 10 points and Gabby Stober was right behind her with 9 markers. The ladies move to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in the MAC. The junior varsity also lost to the wildcats.
12.3.19 LADY PANTHERS STUMBLE AT "THE RAY"
Coming off a win to open their season, the lady panthers had hopes of going 2-0 to start the season. Although Crestview hadn’t won a game yet, they were more than ready for the visiting panthers. The lady knights started the game with a 12-1 run and never looked back. They had Parkway flustered from the start with a smothering defense. By the time that the panthers recovered, Crestview had already doubled up the score on them. Crestview led 34-19 at the half and the panthers were searching for answers. Those answered never came for the lady panthers, it only got worse. Parkway was held to single digit scoring in the third quarter, while the knights had their most productive period of the contest. Parkway tried to work the ball inside all game, but too many mistakes in the paint hurt their cause. Both benches finished out the final period and the knights got a 64-31 victory. Claire Eichler was the only panther in double figures with 13 points on the night. Parkway moves to 1-1 on the season. The junior varsity had a thrilling comeback and then defeated the knights for an overtime victory.
11.25.19 COACH WILLIAMSON GETS FIRST WIN TO START SEASON
What a start for the new era of lady panther basketball. With a mix of experience, youth and a new found excitement, the ladies are ready for an exciting season of panther hoops. It was a dominant win over the visiting Black Hawks of Mississinawa Valley. The defensive pressure put on by the panthers created 26 steals in the game, several of those translated to points for the hosts. Parkway was also dominant on the boards, pulling down 37 rebounds on the night. With 23 of those being on the offensive end, that turned into second chance points. The panthers started the game with some sloppy play and we were tied at 11 after one quarter. But in the second period the defense smothered the hawks and gave them fits. With half a game under their belts, the lady panther went to the locker room with a 29-21 lead. It was the panthers play in the final two periods that really made the difference in the game. Parkway outscored the hawks 29-12 in the final two quarters and holding them to just 6 points in each quarter. The panthers get the win with a final score of 58-33. It was a complete team effort from the panthers, eleven players landed in the scoring column in the season opener. Leading the way was Sophia Miller with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Claire Eichler also had a good night with a double/double. She garnered 10 points and 11 rebounds against the hawks. The junior varsity started the night with a 43-19 win over the hawks. The panthers will travel to Convoy for their next contest on December 3rd.