12.13.19 KINNEY HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE BUT GAME SLIPS AWAY
Parkway did a nice job in the opening period of the contest. They methodically built a lead over the host Indians and led 12-7 after one quarter. They continued with that formula throughout the second quarter. With a solid defense and effective game plan, the panthers increased their lead to 27-19 at the half. The panthers have answered any threat that Ft. Recovery mounted in the first half. In the third quarter we saw a classic battle that went back and forth. With neither squad getting the advantage, both put up 15 points in the period. Heading into the final quarter, the panthers held a 42-34 lead. The fourth quarter was like a nightmare for Parkway. Like a scene from a movie, there were many “ghost” calls form the same official. Nearly half of the Panthers total for the entire game were in the final period. That being said, the Indians went to the charity stripe 17 times in the game. The panthers battled hard all night and never quit, even when the deck was stacked against them. The host’s gradually chipped away and surpassed the panthers on the scoreboard. With time running out, Caleb Kinney grabbed a rebound, posted up and fired a shot that put Parkway back on top. The clock was under ten seconds as the Indians got the ball down court. A pass to an open Grant Knapke, he launched a trey from deep and that was the dagger through the heart for Parkway. The ball went through the cylinder and gave the Indians a two point advantage. Parkway had just a few seconds left on the clock, but not enough to score. Another rough and tumble game that got away from Parkway. Caleb Kinney had a double/double, leading all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Hawk and Dylan Hughes each chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort. Parkway falls to 2-3 and will host Bradford on Saturday evening in the den.
12.7.19 PANTHERS FALL SHORT IN OVERTIME THRILLER
The Crestview knights have been without their star player to start the season and probably would have lost the game without him. But with him in the line up, Parkway knew it was going to be a battle at the “Ray”. That is just how the game played out, it was a tough, physical game all the way to the final buzzer. Parkway jumped out to an early 12-10 lead after the initial period. But Kalen Etzler hit a long jumper to put push the hosts in front at the halftime break. Crestview held a slim 28-25 advantage after the first half. That physical play got the panthers in foul trouble in the first half and they were forced to go to the bench late in the second period. The panthers came out in the third quarter and jumped out in front, but the knights made a run and caught Parkway by the end of the quarter. Heading into the fourth period, it was once again a stalemate. The teams traded buckets and the volume in the gym would get louder as we got closer to that final buzzer. Parkway had a slight advantage late and just needed to defend well for the win. But Crestview went to the “big man” as they had done all evening. He kept Parkway at bay in those final minutes of regulation with a couple really timely blocked shots. This game turned out pretty much the way we thought it would, now to overtime to continue this exciting game. Crestview would make the plays they need to for the win in the overtime period. Parkway faltered down the stretch and were forced to commit fouls to have a chance to win. That didn’t turn out well, but they played one heck of a game. Dylan Hughes had 23 points, followed by Caleb Kinney with 15 and Caden Slusher chipped in 11 for the panthers. The panthers have faced some pretty stiff competition in this early part of the season. The team is responding, working hard and still growing with each outing. They move to 2-2 on the season and will start MAC play next week. The junior varsity picked up another victory against the knights.
12.6.19 COUGARS SCRATCH & CLAW, PANTHERS SEND THEM AWAY DEFEATED
It has been nearly a week since the panthers last played, that’s a long time to have a bitter taste in your mouth. But a solid win over a scrappy Van Wert squad is just what the doctor ordered. The cougars came into the contest with a win over Crestview and a loss to the lancers, so we weren’t sure what we would get. Both teams started out a bit sloppy, but it didn’t take either squad long to start racking up the numbers. It went back and forth until the buzzer to end the first quarter. Parkway held a slim one point lead after the first stanza. That would turn out to be the most productive period for both teams. The pace of the game was relatively fast for the most part. Once again they were trading buckets and nobody had the upper hand as we headed to the half. Tied at thirty-seven all, it would be anybody’s game when the third quarter started. Parkway came out of the break and got as tight as a vice on defense. The cougars were denied shot after shot and were getting very frustrated. Meanwhile the panthers were flying to the hoop and scoring on nearly every possession. The hosts outscored Van Wert by 12 points in the third quarter. That translated to a 54-42 lead heading into the final period. Van Wert and Parkway held nothing back in the fourth quarter, but the panthers prevailed. The cougars only gained 2 points on Parkway in the fourth quarter.They let their frustrations boil over and sent the panthers to the charity stripe late in the contest, and the panthers cashed in the favor. Van Wert shot 48% from the field and that will win most games. But Parkway shot an astounding 67% and were also 14/17 from the charity stripe. That is maximum efficiency shooting the rock. Leading the way for the good guys was Dillion Hughes with 20 pts. and 8 rebounds, Nick Hawk took it to the cougs and finished with 17 points. Caleb Kinney chipped in 15 markers in the victory. The junior varsity lost to the cougars in the first game of the night. Parkway moves to 2-1 and will venture north to the “ray” for a matchup with the knights tomorrow evening. Jv’s will start at 4:30 p.m..
11.30.19 KINNEY LEADS THE WAY WITH DOUBLE/DOUBLE
I will start by saying the officiating reminded me of a scene from the movie “Remember the Titans”. That being said, the poor officiating isn’t what cost the panthers a victory. In all sports, you will have games where the officiating is lopsided and you have to fight through it. What hurt the panthers more than anything was the poor shooting from the charity stripe. If you look at any stat line when the game is close, the foul shooting will be the difference in the contest. The trojans were 9/12 from the stripe and the visiting panthers were just 3/8. But we knew this was going to be a tough, physical and close game. The largest lead at any break was just a 3 point lead for the hosts after one period. But Parkway won the second quarter and we went to the halftime tied at 24. Parkway opened the third period with a short run, but the trojans quickly pulled back with the panthers. Heading into the final quarter, it was a tie game again at 33 all. Back and forth we went throughout the period and the contest was decided in the final seconds of the game. Tied at forty three points the trojans were holding the ball for the last shot in regulation. With the clock running down, they let a trey fly and it was well off the mark. The ball bounced to a trojan and with a toss towards the bucket, his prayers were answered as it rolled around and fell through the net. That gave Botkins a two point lead. After one second was put back on the scoreboard, the panthers would have to sling the ball down the court and say a prayer for a chance to send the game into overtime. That didn’t happen and the panthers will move to 1-1 on the young season with a 45-43 loss. The junior varsity also lost their contest, but the freshman were victorious against the trojans. Senior Caleb Kinney led the way with a double/double, he had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
11.29.19 PARKWAY ROLLS W-G , HUGHES HAS DOUBLE/DOUBLE
The panthers opened the season with a dominating win over the Waynesfield-Goshen tigers. The hosts didn’t have any defense for the well balanced panthers. Although the game started slow and a bit sloppy, Parkway led 20-8 after just one period. The panthers used many lineups throughout the night and the Parkway depth was just to much for the tigers. Parkway smothered their hosts at times, thus causing the tigers to turn the ball over 20 times in the contest. Waynesfield-Goshen didn’t fare much better in the second quarter and went into the locker room down 34-19 at the half. Parkway continued with the pressure and the fast paced offense in the third quarter. It was finally just too much for the tigers and we headed to the final period with Parkway leading by 20 points. Coach Hughes implemented the bench in the fourth period. The panthers continued scoring and the strong defense held the tigers to just a mere 4 points in the last stanza. Although Parkway had a large lead in the second half, they still played with intensity as they secured the victory. Eight panthers filled the scoring column, led by Caleb Kinney with 18 points. Not far behind was Dillion Hughes, he had a monster night in the paint.He finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his first double/double of the season. Senior Nick Hawk is finding his hoops groove and finished the game with 11 points. Parkway shot 50% from the field to get the 64-34 victory. The junior varsity also dominated the tigers, winning by a score of 42-18.