12.8.18 TOUGH WEEKEND ENDS WITH LOSS
After a hard fought battle on Friday evening, the panthers followed that up taking on the Crestview knights and their twin towers. Not sure just how much Parkway had in the tank after Friday's battle, they proved that they could play with anybody. It was a fast paced first quarter that saw the visitors finish it with a 19-16 lead. At this point, Parkway was hanging tough and playing stride for stride with the knights. But Crestview got a hot hand in the second period and jumped out in front by a score of 34-24 at the half. The knights outscored Parkway 15-8 in the second stanza, but the panthers flipped the script and bested the knights in the third quarter. As we headed to the final period, the panthers were still scratching and clawing. The Parkway defense kept the pressure on Crestview and Pulled to within four points, but that is as close as they got. Late in the period the knights stretched their advantage back to ten points to close out the game. Dylan Hughes was the catalyst for Parkway on the night. He finished with 19 points, 11 of which were from the charity stripe. Preston Stober chipped in with 11 markers as he and Dylan led the home squad in scoring. Crestview typically "lives or dies" with the three point shot. Tonight was no different as they pumped in eight shots from beyond the arc. The height of the knights hurt Parkway in the rebounds column. Holding the panthers to just 18, which is well below their average. With a 62-52 score, Parkway falls to 2-2 on the young season. After a tough weekend against two quality squads, the panthers had a pretty good showing. Looking forward, it looks to be a very promising season ahead.
12.7.18 PANTHERS LOSE HARD FOUGHT GAME
12.1.18 SENIORS LEAD THE WAY TO VICTORY
The panthers move to 2-0 on the season after a clash with the young trojans from Botkins. Parkway came into the contest with a seemingly more seasoned squad, but don't let the age of the trojans fool you, they are a very good team. Parkway jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and the trojans had looked like a young team. But in period number two, the visitors had calmed down and settled in a bit. Botkins even out scored the host panthers by a point in the quarter. They kept pace with Parkway and matched them bucket for bucket en route to a 31-26 advantage for the panthers. Parkway came out in the third quarter and continued to build on their five point halftime lead. They were able to increase that to an eleven point lead after three quarters. With a score of 46-35 we headed to the fourth period and the panthers were wanting to increase that advantage. But once again the trojans just wouldn't go away. They hounded Parkway on defense and came up with timely shots, eventually forcing a tie score late in the contest. Just as in the second period, Botkins out scored the panthers in the fourth quarter. But it was the experience and patience of Parkway that made the difference down the stretch. Much like the games of yesteryear, Parkway handled the ball well and that forced the visitors into a fouling situation. The panthers took advantage of that from the charity stripe and increased the score to 61-53 for the victory. Parkway continues to unselfishly share the rock well and had 10 assists on the night and only committed 7 turnovers. Parkway also shot nearly 50 percent from the field on the night. Three panthers were in double figures, leading the way was Mason Baxter with 18 markers. He was followed by Preston Stober who just missed a double/double with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Caleb Kinney also chipped in with 10 points and 3 rebounds. The jayvees were also winners in an overtime game. Parkway will travel to Van Wert next Friday for a catfight with the cougars.
11.30.18 FIVE PANTHERS IN DOUBLE FIGURES IN WIN
It was a wonderful start to what we hope will be a very good season of Parkway basketball. The host panthers started off strong in the opening minutes and never took their foot off the gas pedal. Before the visiting tigers could say "wow", the panthers held a 20-6 first quarter advantage. Waynesfield-Goshen had no answer for the Parkway offense. The second period was much of the same for Parkway as everyone was getting into the game. On the defensive side of the ball, the hosts were relentless. They blocked shots and pressured the tigers into turnovers at a relentless rate. As we went into the halftime break, the Parkway lead had swelled to 19 points. It was a 41-12 score midway through the contest. In the second half of the game, the panthers were rotating much like a hockey line. Everyone on the bench saw playing time and they took advantage of the opportunity. Parkway continued through the final period on cruise control and came away with a 73-32 victory to start the season. The panthers shot 53% from the field and were 5 of 11 from beyond the arc on the night. There were five panthers in double figures. Caleb Kinney led the way with 16 points, Dylan Hughes had 15, Corey walls added 14 while Mason Baxter and Caden Slusher each chipped in 10 points. The panther jayvees also cruised to a victory against the tigers. Up next is the Botkins trojans for the panthers on Saturday evening.