1.18.17 FLYERS TOE THE LINE FOR M.A.C. WIN
It was a combination of poor shooting and defense that spelled doom for the lady panthers in "the hangar". Neither team was having much luck on offense in the initial period. The host flyers held a minimal 4 point lead after one quarter. Both squads were playing a tight defense and the offensive output was limited. It was a close game as we went into the halftime, the lady panthers did better in the second period and were down by just six points. As we started the third period, it was looking similar to the previous two. Tough defense and poor shooting resulted in a 25-21, four point lead for the host flyers. We had a ballgame heading into the fourth and final period. What little momentum the panthers seemed to gain late in the third period, vanished midway through the fourth quarter. The lady flyers came up with a few timely blocked shots that frustrated the panthers. Parkway played a pretty good defense, but the fouls started to add up late in the contest. The flyers finished the game with their last nine points coming from the charity stripe. Parkway falls to the flyers by a count of 41-28 and are now 7-7 on the season. The jv ladies also lost to the host flyers.
1.11.17 LADY PANTHERS FALL TO CAVS AT THE PALACE
The lady panthers made a visit to the "palace" that didn't turn out in their favor. Parkway played pretty well in the first half of the contest, but then the lady cavaliers got hot. Both squads came into the game with similar records and on paper it looked to be an even matchup. That theory held true for half of the game. The panthers started the game with an 8-2 run, but midway through the first quarter the cavs erased that lead. After one period it was a 10-10 game, pretty much what we expected. Early in the second period we went back and forth, but as the quarter was winding down the lady cavs started to pull away from the panthers. At the half, it was just a 6 point cavalier lead at 29-23. It was in quarter number three when the hosts started to heat up the nets. They started bombing away the treys and they were falling for Coldwater. Meanwhile the panthers were having trouble on the offensive side.The cavaliers defense tightened up and was giving Parkway trouble. The third period was the turning point of the game, The lady cavs increased that halftime lead from six to sixteen after three quarters of play. Heading into the final stanza, it was a 48-32 score. The lady cavs finished the game with 9 made treys for a 53 percent mark. That was difficult for Parkway to overcome, along with the 21 turnovers that they committed. The game finished with a 61-39 score in the cavaliers favor. The lady panthers drop to 7-6 on the season. Haley Hawk led the way with 17 points while Bailey Bates chipped in with 9. Sophia Miller pulled down 9 boards on the night. The jv panthers also lost to Coldwater.
1.4.17 LADY TIGERS BEAT UP ON PARKWAY
The lady tigers came into the contest without a loss and they finished with an impressive victory over the host panthers. Parkway has been playing really good ball as of late, with an improved defense they have been better than average. But they were no match for the Versailles squad. Although Parkway finished the first quarter within six points, that's as close as it would get. Versailles employed a press that really gave Parkway fits all night long. While that tiger defense held the lady panthers to just single digits on the offensive side in every period. At the half, Versailles had a commanding 20 point lead and never looked back. The final score was 59-30 and dropped Parkway to
7-5. Sydney Crouch led Parkway with 17 points which accounted for over half of the Parkway offense. The junior varsity also took a loss on the evening.
12.28.17 HAWK'S DOUBLE/DOUBLE BIG IN PANTHERS VICTORY
The Parkway ladies basketball team is on a roll, they have now won five games in a row. Tonight they were victorious over the Grove City Christian lady eagles. Parkway didn't waste any time as they jumped out to a big 20-12 lead after just one period. The panthers were very aggressive on defense and it paid off as they held the eagle to under ten points in the final three periods. Parkway continued to roll along in the second quarter and went into the half with a 32-17 advantage over the lady eagles. Haley Hawk led the charge for Parkway with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Sidney Crouch also chipped in with 13 markers. It was the play of Claire Eichler that really stood out to me. She has elevated her game as of lately, tonight she just missed double figures with 9 points. Not only has Claire elevated her game, Sophia Miller has also been instrumental in the panthers recent success. The panther defense held the lady eagles to just 9 points in the final two periods, that resulted in a 57-26 victory for the hosts panthers. Parkway will play the Ridgemont lady gophers in the championship game.
12.21.17 DEFENSE STYMIES BULLDOGS, PANTHERS VICTORIOUS
The lady panthers defense was too much for the visiting lady bulldogs. That translated to 13 turnovers committed by Celina. But the difference in the game was at the charity stripe. Parkway made seven more free throws than did Celina. Neither team shot very well in the contest, Although the panthers had jumped out to an early 8-1 lead, but the lady dogs closed the gap and we had a 12-10 score after one period. But Parkway kept the pressure on the defensive end and held Celina to just three points in the second period. Parkway also increased their lead to 19-13 at the half. The lady bulldogs never really posed a threat in the second half. Parkway continued to cruise to a 44-37 win. This was the fourth consecutive victory for the ladies and they improve their record to 6-3 on the season. Sydney Crouch and Haley Hawk led the Panthers with 14 and 13 points respectively. Bailey Bates was a dynamo for the panthers, she had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and chipped in with 7 points. The ladies will be in action next in the holiday tournament.
12.19.17 THREE IN A ROW WITH WIN OVER W-G LADY TIGERS
12.16.17 "CARDIAC KIDS" WIN ANOTHER IN FINAL SECONDS
Nobody says that every win has to be pretty, that's a good thing because the victory over Antwerp was anything but pretty. The lady panthers are slowly earning the nickname "cardiac kids" after the last two contests have been down to the wire. The panthers last time out was an overtime victory, today's contest was won by a free throw with no time on the clock. Parkway started the game with a very hot hand and it looked as if we might have a blowout, that didn't happen. After just one quarter, the visiting lady archers were behind 14-4. Antwerp went to work and whittled away at Parkway's lead in the second period. They did a pretty good job of it while holding Parkway to just 8 markers. We had a game at the half, Parkway held a five point 22-17 lead over Antwerp. The third stanza was pretty much back and fourth with the panthers getting the slight edge. The lady archers were not going away that easily and the were gaining momentum. Cutting the Parkway lead to just eight points with a period to go. The pendulum of momentum was swinging in Antwerps favor in the final quarter of play. They out scored Parkway by seven points. With under a minute left, the archers had secured the lead and had the ball. Parkway stole the ball, but lost it again. With an off target shot, the panthers got the rebound and quickly went on the offensive with a Bailey Bates shot attempt. But that fell short and as time was running out and the sound of a whistle filled the air as Sydney Crouch came down with the rebound. She was fouled before time ran out and just one made shot will win the game. She was the only player on the court as if it were late night practice, but all eyes were glaring at the senior. She towed the line and let it fly..............it was money, nothing but net and Parkway won 48-47. Both Sydney and Haley Hawk were in double figures to lead the panthers. Parkway improves to 4-3 on the season and the jv panthers also were victorious.
12.14.17 LADIES EVEN RECORD WITH DOUBLE OVERTIME M.A.C. WIN
What a game. The crowd was treated to a competitive game matching two nearly identical teams. Parkway jumped out early in the first period and took an 11-4 lead after one quarter. The visiting rangers bounced back in the second stanza and cut the panther lead to just five points at the half. Neither squad was shooting all that well as we went into the half with a score of 19-14. New Knoxville kept chipping away at the panther lead, with just one quarter left they pulled to within two of Parkway. Midway through the fourth quarter the lady rangers finally took the lead from Parkway, going up as many as five points. But the panthers scratched and clawed to within three points of the rangers. Bailey Bates brought the ball down court and passed it to a waiting Sydney Crouch who fired a trey with two hands in her face and she was money. As the clock ticked away she hit the tying bucket to make it 40-40 and forcing overtime. Both teams were only able to muster 2 points in the first overtime. At 42 all we started the second overtime with the lady panthers digging deep. Within a few possessions the panthers had built a minimal advantage and forced the rangers into fouling. Parkway held on for their first M.A.C. victory of the season with a 54-48 score. Sydney Crouch led all scorers with 20 points and 7 rebounds while Haley Hawk was also in double figures with 13 points. The lady panthers even their record at 3-3(1-1 MAC). The junior varsity panthers lost to the rangers. Parkway's next game is Saturday versus the Antwerp Archers.
12.8.17. LADY WILDCATS BURY PANTHERS IN SECOND HALF
It was a game that Parkway would like to forget, and that is what they should do. After falling behind 8-0 to start the contest, Parkway settled down and played decently to finish out the first quarter. Only down 13-8 the visiting panthers had some momentum going as we went to the second stanza. The lady wildcats offensive play flipped the momentum their way quickly and defensively they put the clamps on Parkway's offensive effort. Minster took advantage of the height advantage they had over the panthers as they finished the first half of play up 14 points over the visitors. In the final two periods, that Minster press was just too much for Parkway. It caused several Parkway turnovers that the panthers couldn't adjust too. Turnovers and missed shots spelled doom for Parkway, they only shot 23 percent from the field. The panthers only put up 35 shots compared to the 63 that the lady wildcats attempted. That led to the panthers scoring just 2 points in each of the final two periods. Minster won the MAC contest by a count of 60-22. The loss dropped Parkway to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in the MAC. The junior varsity also lost to Minster.
12.5.17. LADY PANTHERS STYMIED BY WINLESS KNIGHTS
Although the lady panthers came into the game with a 2-1 record and the knights were 0-2, the winless knights gave the visitors an old fashioned whoopin'. Most of the damage was done from beyond the arc for the lady knights. Twenty-seven points of their sixty-five were three point shots, they had a total of nine on the night. But it wasn't just the laser shooting from Crestview, they employed a very effective press on the panthers early and often. Parkway had trouble breaking the smothering press and that translated into 14 panther turnovers. Crestview's press allowed them to jump out to an 8-0 early lead, the panthers regrouped midway through the first quarter and tied the game. But that didn't last long as it was 21-12 after just one period of play. The lady knights kept the pressure on Parkway and in the second stanza, Crestview outscored Parkway 20-5. It was 41-17 at the half and the visiting panthers were in a deep hole. The game finished with a final score of 65-26 with the lady knights getting their first win of the season. They were 0-2 because they lost to both Ottoville and Ft. Rcovery, two of the top teams in the state.Bailey Bates led the panthers with 9 points on the night. The junior varsity panthers also fell to the lady knights.
11.30.17. PERRY YOUTH NO MATCH FOR PANTHERS
It was a defensive gem for the lady panthers against a young Perry squad. Parkway had 21 steals while forcing 28 turnovers with a smothering defense. The visiting panthers also had 3 blocked shots. Although they only shot 36% from the field, that still translated to 66 points. Parkway took an early lead, jumping out to a 22-6 score after the first quarter. Coach Hawk started rotating her bench in the second stanza as the panthers lead had swelled. As we went to halftime, it was a 40-9 panther advantage.The Parkway starters didn't see much action after the midway point in the third period as the bench finished out the game. Parkway improves their record to 2-1 with the 66-22 victory. Haley Hawk was a rebound shy of having a double/double, she finished with 9 rebounds and 22 points. Sydney Crouch also saw double figures with 16 points on the night. Bailey Bates also had a big night with 9 points, 9 assists and 7 steals versus the lady commodores.
11.25.17. PANTHER LADIES CAN'T OVERCOME SLOW START
As you look down the stat sheet, both squads are very close. In most of the categories, they are only separated by a few numbers. But there are two glaring stats that do jump out at you. Those are the 22 fouls that were committed by the panthers and the 20 foul shots that were made by the visiting trojans. That along with a slow start by Parkway made the mountain to tall for the panthers. Parkway fell behind early and after the first stanza were behind 15-4. Finally some shots fell for them in the second quarter and they went into the halftime break down eleven points at 34-14. Early in the third stanza, the lady trojans lead swelled to nearly twenty points. But Parkway didn't give up and kept grinding away. The panther defense played well and the shots started to fall for Parkway. Heading into the final period, Botkins lead 46-31. Parkway kept playing hard and were able to whittle that deficit down to 10 points, but the trojans were able to keep the panthers at arms length and finished with a 60-44 win. In back to back games, Haley Hawk was in double figures again to lead the panthers with 18 points on the night. Bailey Bates chipped in with 10 markers and 4 assists. Parkway moves to 1-1 and will travel to Lima Perry on Thursday. The jv panthers played with alot of heart as they fell in overtime by a 27-23 score.
11.24.17. LADY PANTHERS WIN OPENER BEHIND HAWKS 25
Haley Hawk started the season off with a 25 point performance as the panthers opened with a home victory. Although Parkway only shot 35 percent for the game, it was more than enough to defeat the visiting hawks. Parkway jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and never looked back. After just one period, the home panthers led 15-6. The panther defense kept the pressure on the hawks all game, that translated to Miss. Valley committing 23 turnovers. The panthers were also dominating on the boards as they out rebounded the hawks 41-24. The panthers took advantage of their rebounding with 17 second chance points. At the midway point of the game, the lady panthers headed to the locker room with a 31-17 lead. It was much of the same in the final two periods of the game as Parkway was also able to get the bench involved in the game as they cruised to the victory. The panthers did a really nice job of passing and sharing the rock. Bailey Bates led that effort with five assists on the night. Parkway also had eight players get into the scoring column with Haley Hawk leading the way with 25 points and Sydney Crouch chipped in with 9 markers.