1.9.17 PANTHERS FALL WITH THIRD QUARTER LETDOWN
We had a close game in the first two quarters, trading buckets and the lead the host panthers played well against the taller flyers. Parkway finished the first quarter with a single point lead, the flyers took the lead at the half and never looked back. it was just a two point advantage for the flyers at the half, with a 29-27 score. But the third period spelled doom for Parkway. Give the flyers defense credit, but the panthers also were their own worst enemy. Parkway was only able to manage a mere 2 points of offense, they held Marion Local to 13. That made for the bulk of the flyers lead. Parkway got back on track in the final stanza, but they just kept pace with the flyers. Marion Local finished the game with a 54-39 victory. Marion shot a good 51 percent from the field and Parkway shot 42 percent. Only one panther was in double figures on the night, Caleb Kinney had 12 points for Parkway. Jack Wehe and Nick Hawk both chipped in with 8 apiece. The junior varsity game was similar to the varsity contest, it also was a loss for the panthers. Parkway moves to 6-6 on the season and will head south on Saturday for a game with Bradford.
1.6.17 PARKWAY BOUNCES LEHMAN CATHOLIC, BACK OVER .500
All it took was a visit from the Sydney Lehman Cavaliers for the panthers to get back over the .500 mark and a "W" in the win column. After a tough night on Friday, the host panthers were glad to be in the warm confines of the "panthers den". It was a back and forth in the first period, but Parkway came out on top at the end of one period. The panthers held a slim 4 point lead, but continued to press on defense and were aggressive on the offensive end. As we went to the halftime break, Parkway held a 38-26 lead. The third period wasn't very productive for Parkway, the cavaliers were able to limit them to just 5 points. Meanwhile Lehman doubled up on the panthers and with just one stanza left we had a six point, 37-43 contest. The panthers quickly made it clear who was in control, they stormed out and put up 21 points in the final quarter. The defensive effort was just as good, limiting the cavs to their lowest output in the game of just 10 points. The panther offense was led by Nick Hawk with 16 points, Mason Baxter chipped in with 11 and Caleb Kinney rounded out those in double figures with 10. Parkway moves to 6-5 with the victory.
1.5.17 STOBER HAS SEASON HIGH 25, PANTHERS FALL SHORT
It was a breakout night for junior Preston Stober with a season high 25 points. The only problem for the panthers was he was the only one that was shooting well. The panthers didn't actually play that badly. Considering that they were at a height disadvantage, Parkway had one bad quarter and it seemed they couldn't buy a bucket. We went into the half only down 34-23 and were within striking distance. Versailles had a different idea and they quickly added to their lead. Meanwhile the panthers could only muster six markers in the third stanza. Heading into the final period, the visiting panthers were in a deep hole as they were down 56-29. The panthers finished the game outscoring the tigers in the fourth period, but fell by a final of 70-46. Preston Stober led the panthers with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Jack Wehe chipped in with 7 points on the night. The panthers fall to 5-5 on the season and will host Lehman Catholic tomorrow evening. The junior varsity also lost to the tigers.
12.28.17 PANTHERS CRUISE TO VICTORY OVER GOPHERS
In the second semi-final game of the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament, the panthers took control early and steamrolled the Ridgemont gophers. Parkway's Mason Baxter took the lead for the panthers on the night with 27 points. Parkway jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They led by 10 after the first stanza and then doubled that at the half. With a 44-26 advantage just halfway through the game, the panthers weren't finished. Parkway out scored the gophers by 12 in the third quarter and 8 points in the final period. Coach Hughes cleared the bench in the final minutes and even took a technical foul for forgetting to put Mr. Luth on the official roster, but it didn't matter. Parkway also dominated in the rebounding category with 43 to just 21 for Ridgemont. The panthers were 8/19 from beyond the arc for a 57 percent clip, that will win a few games. Baxter led all scorers with 27 points, Caleb Kinney had 15 markers as Corey Walls chipped in with 13. Parkway notched their fifth win with an 88-50 victory and will play St. Paris Grahm in the championship game tomorow evening.
12.23.17 ROUGHRIDERS CATCH PANTHERS SLEEPING, PULL THE UPSET
The St. Marys roughriders rode into town and were ready for whatever parkway brought at them. The hosts were caught off guard by a squad that came into the game with only one victory. The roughriders kept within reach of the panthers in the first stanza, just three points back. Neither team put up a great deal of shots in the game, that combined with pretty good defense from both teams had kept it a low scoring contest. Tied at 26 as we went into the half, the visitors seemed to have the momentum heading into the third period. No matter what Parkway tried, it wasn't working and they just couldn't pull away from St. Marys. In fact, the roughriders took a two point, 33-35 lead at the end of three. It was the fourth quarter that did Parkway in, the roughriders out scored Parkway 17-9 and the panthers were forced into playing the "foul game" as time ran down in the last remaining minutes. Mason Baxter scored 10 points, Nick Hawk and Preston Stober each chipped in eight points. Parkway moves to 4-3 on the season with the 50-40 loss. Hopefully the will regroup and play better in the holiday tournament. The junior varsity panthers notched another double digit victory over St. Marys.
12.16.17 PANTHERS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN OVER STARS
It was a trip over the border and the panthers got back on the winning track. Coming off a rough and tumble game on Friday, the panthers faced an inside duo that held a sizable height advantage. That didn't seem to bother the panthers as they attacked the net all night long. Parkway played a patient game and executed pretty well as they held a slight advantage for most of the game. They led by just a point at the first three stops, but the hosts had tied the game and took the lead for a bit. Parkway hit key shots from the field and from the charity stripe late in the game. The panthers free throws made the difference in the game. South Adams didn't have much choice but to foul and the panthers closed the game with a score of 57-52. Dylan Hughes stepped up his game against the starfires and was a factor all night. He challenged the defense all evening and chipped in with seven points. Logan Huff was also a force for the panthers with 14 points and seven rebounds. Nick Hawk was also in double figures with 11 points. Parkway improves to 4-2 on the season and will face St. Marys next on the schedule. The junior varsity panthers also defeated the starfires.
12.15.17 RANGERS WRANGLE PANTHERS AT "THE BARN"
It was a night that the rangers could do no wrong. They shot nearly seventy percent from the field and were given twenty eight chances from the charity stripe. That was due to the absorbent amount of fouls that were called on Parkway, twenty three to be exact. The panthers tried to battle through, but every time they gained a little momentum, the boys in stripes joined the game. But the panthers had their chances and didn't convert them into points. Shooting just 33 percent from the free throw line and only 37 percent from the field. Parkway was just a step behind the rangers for most of the night. The panthers came out strong and led at the first break 12-7, that would turn out to be their last lead in the game. The rangers took the momentum and ran away with it, putting up 17 markers in the second period and holding the panthers to just seven. At the half, New Knoxville had a five point lead at 24-19. The third quarter was better offensively for Parkway, but the rangers added to that advantage. With time running out for Parkway, after three periods the rangers were up 47-36. Parkway whittled it down to within five, but then the rangers forced the visiting panthers into "foul mode" to close out the contest. New Knoxville got the win by a count of 65-47. Parkway falls to 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in the M.A.C.. Logan Huff was the only panther in double figures with 13 points, Preston Stober chipped in with 9.
12.12.17 PANTHERS FLIRT WITH CENTURY MARK IN HOME OPENER
What a difference a few days will make, they panthers quickly moved on from the recent loss with a big home opening victory. Although they started with a 9-0 run, Parkway started off a little shaky. It didn't take them long to get into a rhythm and with one period in the books, the hosts had a commanding 18-8 advantage. The panthers kept attacking the pioneer defense with success in the second period en route to a 36-18 lead at the half. Parkway was in total control throughout the first half and that continued till the final buzzer. It was a much better shooting night as Parkway finished with 63% from the field. From beyond the arc, the panthers were on fire with an amazing 8 of 10 for 80% on the night. The defensive pressure was just to much for the pioneers as they were forced into many turnovers. Parkway also dominated on the "boards", pulling down thirty more rebounds than Temple Christian which gave them may second chance shots. Coach Hughes emptied the bench in the fourth period and Parkway went on to a 91-47 victory. Caleb Kinney seems to be getting his basketball legs back after an injury, just his second game back he poured in 23 points and had 5 rebounds on the night. But he wasn't the top scorer on the evening, those honors go to Mason Baxter with 24 points and he also had five rebounds. Although they were the only panthers in double figures, the entire team had a big night. Only two didn't crack the scoreboard and everyone played all out, all game. It is truly fun to watch this team play the game. The junior varsity also thumped the pioneers. Parkway moves to 3-1 and will visit New Knoxville on Friday.
12.10.17 KNIGHTS BOMB PANTHERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC
It didn't take Crestview long to jump out to a 28-16 lead after one quarter. The knights Javin Etzler had the hot hand early and often to put the visiting panthers at a disadvantage. Although Parkway would play hard and challenge down the stretch, the knights were deadly from beyond the arc. This would turn out to be the biggest factor in win for the knights. Crestview continued to press Parkway in the second period while continuing the hot shooting. As we went into the halftime break, the panthers went into the locker room down 52-28. The knights defense gave Parkway fits in the paint and was smothering on the outside. As I said, Parkway never backed down and took it to the taller knights. The second half was pretty much a wash as both squads kept it close. Looking at the statistics, you would think the score was closer. The shooting percentage was only seven points different and the Panthers only had two more turnovers. The glaring difference was the shooting from beyond the arc, sometimes it was way beyond if it was the elder Etzler. Crestview drained 11 treys on the evening to down Parkway. The final from the "RAY" was 86-54 in favor of the host knights. Senior Logan Huff was the lone panther in double figures, he garnered 20 points and 5 rebounds. With the loss, the panthers move to 2-1 and will host Temple Christian on Tuesday evening. The jv squad also lost to Crestview.
12.2.17 PANTHERS IMPROVE TO 2-0 WITH WIN OVER TROJANS
12.1.17 PANTHERS TOE THE LINE IN SEASON OPENING VICTORY
It was a 64-49 opening victory for the visiting Parkway squad, but the game was much closer than the final score for most of the night. It was back and fourth in the opening period and that ended in a sixteen all tie. The second quarter saw the panthers defense clamp down and held their hosts to just a mere five points. As we went into the halftime break, Parkway held a 29-23 six point advantage. Although Waynesfield did better in the third quarter, they were only able to make up a single point against the stingy panther defense. Early into the final stanza, the tigers whittled the Parkway lead down to five points. That didn't last long though, the tigers found themselves in foul trouble and the panther offense began to heat up. Parkway had been making "line Changes" similar to a hockey game all night. It was effective and eventually was just to much for the hosts to handle. Down the stretch it was the foul shooting of Parkway that played a big part in the victory. The Panthers were 31 of 45 from the charity stripe for 69 percent, which was nearly half of their points for the game. Parkway had three players in double figures and eight of nine put points on the board, that is a big improvement. Mason Baxter led Parkway with 20 points, Nick Hawk was close behind with 14 markers and Cory Walls chipped in with 10 points. The jv panthers also were victorious on the evening.