2.18.20 LADY PANTHERS WIN SECTIONAL GAME
The lady panthers started the tournament trail seeded #9 and played the #8 seeded Ridgemont golden gophers in the first round of sectional play. The panthers stormed out of the gates on fire as they jumped out to a 19-6 lead after just one period. Gabby Stober fueled the panthers with 4 of her 5 treys in the first quarter. Along with a smothering defense that left the gophers with their heads spinning. Ridgemont caught their breath in the second quarter and kept pace with the panthers in the period. Parkway went into the half with a commanding 29-14 advantage. Neither squad produced much offense coming out of the break. Parkway did muster 8 markers in a sloppy third period. While holding the gophers to just a mere two buckets. In the final stanza, we had a completely different game. As if the coaches flipped a switch, the offenses came to life. Ridgemont scored 17 points, that was just one shy of what they had in three quarters. While the lady panthers kept pace with 16 markers in the period. Parkway earned a well deserved 53-35 victory and would move on to sectional championship game versus Minster.
2.22.20 PARKWAY FALLS SHORT IN SECTIONAL FINAL
It would be a tall task for the lady panthers to pull off a monumental upset of the back to back defending state champions, the Minster Wildcats. But this group of ladies never quit and anybody can win on any given day. Parkway started the game well and kept pace with the wildcats for most of the initial period. After one quarter, the panthers were down 11-6, but still very much in the game. That’s when Coach Wiss lowered the boom, Minster went to the press in the second period. Parkway crumbled under the tight pressure from the cat’s defense. It caused the panthers to turn the ball over on most of their possessions in the quarter. Meanwhile the wildcats were scoring at will. Minster had the momentum and the 30-10 lead as we went to the halftime break. Minster continued to put up double digits as they held Parkway to just 13 points in the final 2 quarters. But the final score doesn’t tell the whole story. The lady panthers did a pretty good defensive job against the wildcats. You say, how so? They held Minster to just 38% shooting from the field on 55 attempts, while the panthers only attempted 30 shots in the game. The panthers 27 turnovers also played a large part in the loss. Although she was held and hacked all game long, Claire Eichler ended her career with 9 rebound in the contest. Elise Derrigan came off the bench to lead the panther scoring with 7 points. The lady panthers finish the season with a 7-17 record.
2.7.20 BLUE JAYS KEEP PANTHERS WINLESS IN M.A.C.
It wasn’t the bounce back win that we were looking for in the trip to “the vatican”. The game started out as expected, they traded baskets back and forth through the first period. The lady jays threw up a prayer at the buzzer and that bounced around and then fell in to give the hosts the lead after one quarter was in the books. Looking good so far for the panthers, pretty much what we expected. But then history repeated itself and the bottom fell out for Parkway. As we all know, St. John’s lives or dies by the three ball. Well they were livin’ large in the second period and quickly soared past the panthers. It wasn’t all at once. they were methodically placed throughout the quarter. Delphos made four of their five for the game in the second period. Then they smothered the panthers on the defensive side, so much so that it looked like horseback rides at recess the way St. Johns were on the panthers backs. The ‘Jays lead ballooned to a 24-9 advantage when we went into half-time. I can’t put the second period fiasco all on the zebras though. The lady panthers didn’t come through when they should have. Turnovers were killing the panthers nearly every possession, along with several routine lay ups that were missed by many of the ladies. The hosts came out fired up and ready to continue their panther hunt. But Parkway made adjustments and kept pace with the blue jays in the third period, just giving up a two point advantage. It looked as if the panthers would fight their way back into this game.But throughout the final quarter, Delphos tried to eliminate the deep threat of Parkway with double teams. That worked for the most part, but only because the panthers couldn’t take advantage when they got the ball down low to the open lady. The game got away from Parkway in the second quarter and they never recovered from that. With the loss, the panthers are now the only winless team in the conference. Parkway drops to 6-14 on the season. In a two quarter game, the junior varsity panthers defeated the lady jays.
2.4.20 TWO POINT SECOND QUARTER DOOMS PANTHERS
There is only one way to describe tonights game, that would be sloppy. It wasn’t just the panthers, Elida was just as bad. Even with all the blunders in the first period, it was still just a two point game. But the panthers fortune changed dramatically in the second period. It wasn’t for the better though, the lady bulldogs went on 13-0 run and left the panthers with there heads spinning. It was a smothering defense that held Parkway to just two free throws in the period. Heading into the halftime, the host lady dogs held a commanding 15 point advantage. Parkway made some nice adjustments and with a bit of aggressive play, they won the third period and cut into that Elida advantage. With three quarters in the books, the bulldogs led 29-18. Parkway ramped up the intensity and made a run at the bulldogs. Sophia Miller quickly shaved 4 points off that lead with a bucket and then stole the inbounds for another score. Now they were only down 7 points with a lot of game to go. The lady panthers were finally playing well and were making a run. On the ensuing trip down the court, Miller went up for a rebound and came down had to the floor after getting a massive headshot to the mouth. It was purely accidental, but that was a game changer for the ladies in black & gold. Sophia was leading the charge in the comeback effort. When she went down, that was the end of the Parkway rally. Seven points is as close as the panthers could cut the lead. The dogs added on to that lead as the clock ticked down to get the 44-30 victory. Claire Eichler led the panthers with 14 markers. Miller and Gabby Stober each chipped in 8 points in the loss.
2.1.20 THREE IN DOUBLE FIGURES EQUALS VICTORY
The lady panthers picked up their second victory in the last three games on Saturday afternoon. With a good effort, Parkway improved their record to 6-12 on the season. It was a fast start for the hosts as they jumped out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter of play. The Parkway defense was causing Ansonia all sorts of issues and that continued in the second period also. Holding the tigers to just two points in the period. While they continued to build on the lead. With two quarters in the books, Parkway had a very commanding lead of 29-7. The tigers were a bit more productive in the second half. But that may have been partly due to the panther bench playing a good amount in the second half of the game. They did well and it was pretty even match up as they finished out the contest. The panthers picked up the win by a score of 54-36. Gabby Stober led the way for the panthers with 18 points, Claire Eichler chipped in down low with 13 markers and Sophia Miller finished wit 11 points to round out those in double figures. The panthers also easily won the junior varsity game over Ansonia.
1.30.20 LADY PANTHERS FALL SHORT IN UPSET BID
For three quarters, the Parkway lady panthers were primed to pull off the upset and get their first conference win of the season. League wins don’t come easy in this conference and teams have to play at the highest level possible every night. Parkway was doing just that on a night that the St. Henry seniors were being honored. They slowed the game down to their pace and were playing with an urgency and attitude. Attacking the basket and being aggressive, but sneaky good on the defensive side of the ball. The game plan was falling into place just as Coach Williamson had drawn it out. But with the sound of the horn to start the final quarter, a different panther squad took the court. They lost their fire somewhere in that brief time between periods. The lady redskins on the other hand, became the aggressor and took control of the game. With defensive pressure and a will to win, the hosts easily put the “W” beside their name on the stat sheet. The demise of the panthers wasn’t all due to the play of the redskins. Parkway turned the ball over multiple times due to poor ball handling and poor passing. St. Henry took advantage of every miscue and made it work to their favor. Although it seems I may be a bit harsh on the ladies, that’s just how i saw the game play out. But for three quarters, the lady panthers were playing like one of the best teams in the league. I truly believe they will get there, it just wasn’t going to be in this game. Two ladies were in double figures for Parkway. Claire Eichler had 17 points and Gabby Stober finished the game with 13 for the visiting panthers. The junior varsity got a win against the lady redskins for their second in a row.
1.25.20 LADIES SEVEN GAME SKID COMES TO AN END
1.23.20 LADY PANTHERS FALL TO VERSAILLES
From coach Williamson’s vantage point, the lady panthers were still within striking distance. After three quarters in the books, Parkway headed to the fourth period trailing Versailles 40-27. The panthers had kept pace with the tigers since early in the first quarter. Versailles jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the contest. Parkway fought hard all game against the much taller lady tigers. It was tough sledding for Parkway in the paint, the visiting tigers defense pretty much denied every effort from the hosts panthers. That defensive effort also forced Parkway into committing 11 turnovers that the lady tigers often turned into points. Although Parkway was still in the game, Versailles quickly doubled their lead to start the final period. They went on a 12-0 run and their lead ballooned to 25 points midway through the final stanza. Parkway dropped the Midwest Athletic Conference game by a count of 54-31 and fell to 4-11 on the season. Elise Derrigan came off the bench to lead the panthers with 11 points on the night. She was the only panther in double figures. The junior varsity ladies also fell to the lady tigers.
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.