2.7.19 BALANCED 'JAYS FLY BY PANTHERS
It was another loss for the panthers as they played host to the St. Johns blue jays in league action on Thursday evening. Defense and poor shooting were the biggest factors in the outcome of tonights game. For Parkway, it was a continuance of poor shooting and a blue jays defense that wouldn't let up, even in the late stages of the game. St. Johns employed a defense that was predicated in forcing the outside shot and shutting down anything in the paint. That strategy worked pretty well for them as they held the panthers to just 40% shooting from the field. Parkway also went 0 for 2 from beyond the arc and they only attempted 30 shots the entire game. Although the blue jays did worse by shooting 39% from the field, they attempted 14 more shots than Parkway did. The blue jays built a lead in the first stanza with a seven point run and jumped out to a 16-9 advantage. They doubled that lead by the halftime break and left us with a 25-15 score. The lady panthers were also playing some good defense and that kept the game within reach. But Parkway came out of the half just a little sluggish and St. Johns took advantage every chance they had. It was a combination of steals and poor passing that had the game quickly getting out of reach. The lady jays scored 15 points before Parkway finally got a bucket with just seconds to go in the third quarter. Heading into the final period, the jays were holding a 40-17 lead. The panthers finally got in double digits in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late. St. Johns collected the league win with a 53-27 score. As i mentioned earlier, the blue jays shot a worse percentage than Parkway from the field. The key to their victory was balanced scoring fro all three areas. They had 14 points from the charity stripe, 15 points from beyond the arc and 14 from the field. All while they blanketed the panthers leading scorer and forced the panthers to find other ways to score. Parkway falls to 3-16 and will play St. Marys on Saturday afternoon. The bright spot of the evening was a victory for the jayvee lady panthers.
2.5.19 EICHLERS BANNER DAY NOT ENOUGH
Although junior forward Claire Eichler had a banner day versus the Elida bulldogs, it wasn't enough to get the win. She garnered more than half of the teams offense with her 22 points on the night. The Elida defensive pressure got to Parkway in the third quarter, holding the lady panthers to just six points in the period. Up to that point the panthers had stayed close to the bulldogs, they were tied after one period and only down 23-19 at the half. But Elida kicked the defensive up a notch and harassed the panthers on every possession in the period to keep Parkway at bay. Meanwhile the bulldogs built a 37-25, twelve point advantage after three quarters of play. But the panthers were not going to go away that easily. The home team got back a few of those points, but Elida was still able to keep them at arms length and Parkway was forced to foul late in the game. The panthers poor shooting was partially caused by the blanket defense of Elida and they only shot 38% from the charity stripe on the night. the panthers also went scoreless from beyond the arc, which is rare for them. As i mentioned earlier, Claire Eichler had a monster night for the panthers, pulling down rebounds and in the scoring column. She has had several double/doubles on the season, but this was her best performance to date. Claire pulled down 20 rebounds and had 22 points on the evening, all while she fought through the double teams from the lady bulldogs. The ladies fall to 3-15 and will host the Delphos blue jays on thursday evening. The jayvee panthers also lost to Elida.
2.4.19 LADIES GET WIN WITH BALANCED SCORING
It was a complete team effort from the lady panthers on Saturday as the got back in the win column. The defense kept a blanket on the lady tigers all game and never let up. Combine that with a balanced scoring attack and that equalled a much needed victory for the panthers. The ladies have had a rough season so far, but with some tweaking along the way they are making strides. Parkway scored the first points of the contest and never relinquished the lead, there were several ties, but the tigers were never in the lead. Parkway led after the first quarter by a score of 12-10. In the second period, we saw the pace pick up and it also turned out to be the most productive period for both squads. Parkway increased their lead to four points and held a 29-25 advantage at the half. The lady tigers came out and pushed the panthers in the third period, but Parkway finished the quarter increasing that lead. With just one period left, the tigers were down 42-34. It had been a while since Parkway had gotten a win and they needed to finish with a complete game. That's just what they did and even increased their advantage to win the game by a score of 55-45. Leah Harshman was the high score on the day with 14 points and Claire Eichler recorded another double/double with 13 markers and 11 rebounds. Stephanie Schaff also had a very good day in the paint, chipping in with 8 points. Parkway moves to 3-14 with the victory. The jayvee panthers lost a tough game by a mere 3 points.
1.31.19 PARKWAY CRUMBLES UNDER REDSKINS DEFENSE
This was another tough game for the lady panthers as they go through the upper half of the league. The redskins went on several runs throughout this game and they started it off with an 11-0 run. They also made use of their sharpshooters, dropping four treys in the first period alone. Parkway battled to just get the ball inside and that was met with hard resistance all night long. After a quarter of play, it was the visitors with the upper hand and a 20-6 score. The second quarter saw the redskins tighten that grip and held Parkway scoreless in the period. We went into the half with St. Henry holding a dominant 35-6 lead over their hosts. The scoring explosion didn't stop in the second half for the redskins and the lady panthers continued to struggle from the field. St. Henry scorched the nets with 53% shooting from the field. But the real damage was done with a 55% mark from beyond the arc. They made 11 treys for 33 of their 64 points, that's more than half of their points from beyond the arc. The panthers took the loss by a count of 64-17 and drop to 2-14 on the season. The junior varsity also lost, but they made up a 12 point difference to give themselves a chance to win the game. Claire Eichler ripped down 13 rebounds and had 9 points in the contest. The ladies will travel to Ansonia Saturday for their next contest.
1.24.19 #6 TIGERS TOO MUCH FOR PANTHERS
It was just another night in the ever so tough Midwest Athletic conference for the visiting lady panthers. They battled tough all night against the much taller Versailles tigers. With a lineup of 6'"2, 6'3" and 6'0" it was a rough go of it for Parkway to get the ball inside. It was just a two point game minutes into the contest and that is as close as the panthers would get all evening. The tigers went on several runs in the first period, the largest being a 15-0 run. We closed the first quarter with a 22-4 advantage in Versailles favor. Unfortunately the second quarter was pretty much a mirror image of the first stanza. Parkway did manage a few more points, but their deficit grew to a 41-11 halftime score. In the second half, Parkway continued to fight and claw, but with very little success. The tigers utilized their quickness from the guards and slid along the baseline all night while their height in the paint wreaked havoc on the panthers inside attempts. Versailles showed just why they are ranked #6 with a convincing 71-20 win over the panthers. With the loss, Parkway falls to 2-13 on the season. The jayvees also fell to the host tigers.
1.22.19 POOR THIRD QUARTER DOOMS PARKWAY
The lady panthers and the lady lancers weren't lighting the nets much on Tuesday evening. But it was a competitive contest for three quarters. Both squads started the game sloppy, but the panthers had jumped out to a minimal lead. The lancers were having just as much trouble finding their range. With three treys late in the period, it was the visiting lancers that took a last minute 9-6 lead. Lincolnview continued to build a lead and by mid quarter they had doubled up on Parkway. The hosts then whittled that lead down and we went into the halftime break with an 18-13 score. The panthers were still in the game and just needed to minimize the mistakes. But it was a dismal third stanza that spelled doom for the panthers. The biggest difference in the third period is that the lancers took advantage of the panther turnovers. They converted them into scores and in the process held Parkway to just three points as Lincolnview exploded for 14 markers in the quarter. That doubled the visitors advantage to sixteen points. With a 32-16 score the panthers were in a really big hole with just a quarter left to play. Parkway and the lancers both had another sloppy period and it was all the panthers could do just to keep pace. After shooting just 25% from the field, the panthers dropped another game by the score of 39-22. The lancers didn't shoot much better, but it was enough for the win. The 21 turnovers also played a big part in the Parkway demise. Claire Eichler was a beast on the boards pulling down 15 rebounds and she also had eight points. Rachel Barrett also chipped in with 7 markers on the night. The jayvees also lost to the lancers. Parkway will host the ever tough Versailles squad on Thursday evening .
1.17.19 MISCUES & LADY CARDINALS STOP PANTHERS
The struggles continued for the lady panthers as they hosted the New Bremen cardinals. New Bremen came into the contest in third place in the Midwest Athletic conference and it showed early. The visitors didn't employ a press to stymie the panthers, it was just very good defense that was causing Parkway to commit turnovers. Matter of fact, Parkway committed a total of 28 in the game and that really hurt their effort. The lady cardinals took advantage of the sloppy passing from the panthers early in the game and built a sizable advantage. Parkway was held scoreless at the end of the first stanza, it was a 15-0 score. The hosts nearly went through the first half without scoring, but with just over a minute left they got on the board. But they were in a huge hole at the halftime break with the lady cardinals firmly in control with a 35-3 score. Even though Parkway didn't shoot well at all, they only attempted 29 shots from the field tonight. But they were also 0 for 7 from beyond the arc. The second half of the game was a bit better for the panthers, but they closed the contest out with a 61-13 final score. With todays loss the ladies fall to 2-11 on the season. The junior varsity also lost to the lady cardinals. These girls have had a rough go of it this season and the pendulum just hasn't swung their way, but they keep fighting till and it will pay dividends.
1.10.19 FLYERS SHUT DOWN PARKWAY
1.8.19 EICHLER HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE IN LOSS
It was a sloppy game from start to finish by both teams. The turnovers that Parkway committed throughout the contest played a big role in the loss. Some of those were caused by the trojans, but it was the self induced ones that really sting. The panthers fell behind in the first quarter by five points. But the second period was a disaster for Parkway. They garnered just 2 markers in the period and Botkins knocked down 10 points. Botkins took a 23-9 lead into the halftime break. The panthers were much more efficient in the third period, holding their hosts to only one more point than they scored. With the score resting at 32-17 after three quarters, there was still a slight chance that Parkway could pull it out. But the lady trojans had a hot hand in the final period and it turned out to be their most productive of the night. That was bad news for the panthers as they finished the evening shooting just 27% from the field. Parkway dropped the contest by a score of 47-26. Claire Eichler led the panthers with 13 points and 12 rebounds for a double/double, she also had 2 blocks and 2 steals. Kris Kirby chipped in 7 points for the lady panthers. The jayvees also lost to the lady trojans.
1.3.19 POOR SECOND QUARTER HURTS PANTHERS
Parkway started the contest keeping pace with the visiting cavaliers in the first period. Neither squad was lighting it up, but that changed in the second quarter. Coldwater jumped out to a lead on the heels of a few timely steals and easy lay ups on the other end of the play. And they weren't missing many from beyond the arc in the period. When we went into the halftime break, the host panthers were down 31-16. The cavaliers outscored the panthers by thirteen in the quarter. The cavaliers continued to build their advantage in the second half, but it wasn't by much. Parkway kept within 5 points in each stanza, but the game finished with a 54-30 Coldwater lead. There were no panthers in double figures on the night, but Elise Darrigan led the panthers with 9 points. Parkway did shoot nearly 50 percent from beyond the arc, making 4 treys on the night. The ladies also only committed eleven fouls on the evening. The jayvee panthers picked up a win over the cavaliers.
12.27.18 STARFIRES DEFENSE STYMIES PANTHERS
It didn't start out well for the home team against the starfires on Thursday evening. South Adams jumped out to an 11-0 lead to start the contest. But Parkway shook off the cold start and finished the first quarter down 17-11. The second period belonged to the panthers, they took control of the game. With 14 points on the offensive side they erased the lead that South Adams held, along with the defense holding the stars to just 6 points. We went into the half with Parkway leading 25-23. After seeing both squads flex their muscles in the first half, it looked as if we would have a close game the rest of the way. But the visitors started the third quarter just as they did the first quarter. They jumped out to as many as nine points ahead before the hosts finally got a bucket. Parkway committed 24 turnovers in the game, i think the bulk of them were in the third period. The lady panthers didn't fare any better in the final stanza of the game either. The stars cruised to a 60-37 final score after they doubled up the panthers in the fourth quarter. The panther jv's also dropped their game to the stars.
12.20.18 PARKWAY CONTINUES TO SKID
Looking to get into the holiday spirit, Parkway was in need of a "W" with the visit to Celina. If the opening quarter was to be any indication of the outcome, it was going to be a long night for the panthers. The lady 'dogs opened the game by blanking Parkway in the first period 12-0. It got worse for Parkway in the second stanza, Celina had their best output of the evening with 20 points in the period. The lady panthers finally got on the scoreboard and went into the half with the score resting at 32-6. It wasn't so much the Celina defense as it was missed lay-ups, personal fouls and turnovers that slowed down the panther attack. Parkway did keep pace with the bulldogs in the second half of the game. But the damage had already been done in the first two quarters. What was a hill in the first period, became a mountain in the second period and was just too much for Parkway to overcome. Claire Eichler scored in double figures against the bulldogs after coming back from an illness. Parkway falls to 2-5 on the season.
12.19.18 LADIES STRUGGLE AGAINST TIGERS
The lady panthers were looking to get back into the win column against the tigers. But with a thin line up, Parkway struggled to score throughout the contest. The Waynesfield-Goshen press also gave the lady panthers fits. But the injuries and sickness are really effecting the panthers. The tigers nearly doubled up the score on Parkway in the first half. At the half, Waynesfield-Goshen led the panthers by a 26-14 count. Although they were down 12 points, the panthers weren't out of the game yet. Parkway came out quickly and trimmed five points off the tigers lead. But then the W-G defense put a clamp on the panthers offense, blanking them the rest of the period. With just one quarter left in the game, the tigers had built a twenty point 39-19 advantage. The fourth quarter was pretty much a draw as the panthers kept pace with the tigers. The visitors won the game by a count of 53-31. Stephanie Schaff led the panthers with 10 points and 6 rebounds on the night. The jv's defeated the lady tigers.
12.15.18 PANTHERS DROP 4TH CONSECUTIVE
As most of you know, I am pretty rough on the officials. But in my defense, the stats from todays game will back up my thoughts. Antwerp isn't a good team, they shot 31% from the field today. That was enough to defeat a Parkway team that is hampered by injuries. But here's the stat line that jumps right off the page. Parkway shot 100% from the charity stripe, that's pretty darn good. The panthers only attempted one foul shot in the game. One the flip side, the home team attempted 25 foul shots on the day. About half of the fouls called on Parkway were bogus, but to call so few on the other team was transparent in my mind. But through all that, the girls kept fighting and were able to make a game of it. After being down 20-10 at the half, they cut the deficit in half by the end of the third period. Down 28-23 the lady panthers continued to battle hard, but it was just too much for the ladies to battle the other eight people on the court. Parkway drops to 4-2 on the season with the loss. Claire Eichler led Parkway with 9 points and 18 rebounds, missing the doube/double by just a point. The jayvees also lost to the archers.
12.13.18 PRESSURE DEFENSE SQUEEZES PARKWAY
In a repeat of the lady panthers last game, a pressure defense was a big key to defeating Parkway. Tonight the Indians were relentless as they smothered the panthers for most of the first half. That translated to the visitors recording just a single digit score in both the first and second quarters. It was a disappointing 41-8 score at the half. Parkway didn't fare much better in the second half of the contest either, although they did score in double figures. It was a classic beatdown that ended with the lady panthers losing 68-19. Parkway could only manage to get 30 shots from the field, which they only made 8 for a shooting percentage of 27%. Ft. Recovery stole the ball a total of 19 times. Combine that with the 29 turnovers that Parkway committed and it will be tough to win many games with numbers like that. The jayvees also were on the losing end of a 37-15 score. The ladies will hit the road to Antwerp on Saturday in hopes of getting back to >500 on the season
12.6.18 WILDCATS CLAW PANTHERS
It wasn't a good night for the panthers. With state powerhouse Minster visiting for the first MAC contest of the season. With a smothering defense that caused Parkway to commit 35 turnovers. The wildcats also held the panthers to just seven points in the game. Parkway only attempted 21 shots on the night and shot just a mere 11% from the field. Minster employed the press for nearly three quarters of the contest, which clearly showed a lack of sportsmanship from the head coach. What is the purpose of playing a game with that mindset? Does it really help your team to beat someone down? That just shows how little class the "head man" really has. Rant over. Although the ladies were losing, they kept fighting till the end and never quit. The final was a 72-7 win for the wildcats. The jayvees also lost to minster.
12.4.18 LADY PANTHERS FALL TO KNIGHTS
The lady panthers were on a two game winning streak to start the season, that came to an end tonight at the hands of the Crestview lady knights. Both squads started slowly, but by the end of the first quarter, the knights had jumped out to a nine point lead. The defensive pressure held Parkway to just four points in the period. The panthers didn't fare much better in the second quarter of play. While Crestview continued to build on that lead, the panthers weren't even keeping pace with them. Going into halftime, the lady knights held a commanding lead of 25-11. It wasn't that Parkway was having a bad night shooting the ball, just the fact that they weren't shooting the ball. Crestview and Parkway both shot 32% from the field, the difference was that the panthers only attempted 34 shots while the nights attempted 60. It was the same from beyond the arc also, Crestview made 3 out of 20 attempted shots. Parkway only attempted 3 and made one. Parkway did keep pace with the visitors in the fourth period and finished the contest with the first loss of the season by a count of 50-27. For the second straight game, Claire Eichler led the lady panthers with another double/double. She garnered 10 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the contest. The jayvee panthers also lost a very hard fought game to the knights. The panthers will host the Minster wildcats on Thursday.
11.29.18 EICHLER HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE IN WIN
This was a much closer game than it should have been, but in the end it was a victory for the lady panthers. Parkway clearly was the better team and it showed early in the game. Parkway jumped out to a 12-2 lead after just one period. The hosts put alot of pressure on the commodores throughout the first half of the contest. It was a successful strategy as we went into the halftime with a score of 30-14. A comfortable 16 point advantage for the panthers. Although Parkway rotated players on a steady basis, the play became sloppy in the third quarter. That translated to Perry gaining some momentum and they flipped the script on Parkway. The second half of the game clearly belonged to the visitors. It was almost as if the Panthers were a completely different team. They were committing turnovers and fouls at an alarming pace. Perry outscored the panthers 20-13 in the third quarter and that made it a 41-33 game. Perry continued to press the panthers and the Parkway lead continued to dwindle away. With under two minutes left in the game, Perry finally caught Parkway and tied the score. The panthers responded though, the defense tightened up and Parkway was able to increase the lead just enough to get the victory. Parkway committed 28 turnovers and 21 fouls in the game. They shot 41% from the field and the charity stripe. Claire Eichler was a beast in the paint tonight for Parkway. She had 16 points and 11 rebounds for her first double/double of the season. Ironically there were 5 panthers that had 6 points in the game for Parkway. The lady panthers move to 2-0 on the season and will face the lady knights next on the schedule.
11.26.18 LADIES POUNCE ON HAWKS FOR WIN
The lady panthers started the season off with a convincing win over the Miss. Valley black hawks on Monday evening. It didn't take Parkway long to gain control of the contest. With a smothering defense, the panthers limited the black hawks to just six points in the first quarter. Parkway filled the hoop up to the tune of 17 points in the first period. Parkway continued with the aggressive defense in quarter number two, allowing just 4 points in the period. As we went to the halftime break, the panthers were in firm control with a 24-10 advantage. Parkway continued to put pressure on the hosts while continuing to increase their lead. With three quarters in the books, Parkway led the lady black hawks 43-15. The Panthers bench saw valuable playing time to close out the contest. The panthers got the first win of the season by a score of 54-30 to start the season. Although they easily dispatched the hawks, the panthers still committed 20 turnovers in the game. The visitors also had 17 steals on the night with that pressure defense. Leah Harshman led the panthers with 14 points,4 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds. Claire Eichler chipped in with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The panther junior varsity also won in big fashion. Parkway will host Lima Perry on Thursday.