BOTKINS — The Botkins Lady Trojans opened their season Saturday night with a 68-39 victory over the Parkway Panthers.
The Lady Trojans came out on fire to sprint to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes of play. They continued to build their lead on the shoulders of senior guard Casie Bergman who hit four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes of the game to give Botkins a 23-7 lead after the first quarter.
Botkins Head Coach Don Mack was very pleased with his team’s play, but exceptionally pleased with Bergman’s performance.
“Casie was huge for us in the first half with her 3’s, it really opened up things down low for Logan.” Mack said.
Botkins extended its lead to 34-11 early in the second quarter. Parkway countered with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 14. Botkins went into halftime with a 40-21 lead, aided by 20 Parkway turnovers.
Botkins maintained its lead throughout the third quarter trading baskets with Parkway.
But Botkins soon blew open the game after Parkway’s Elizabeth Murray received a technical foul for delay of game, with Hannah Koch draining both free throws.
Senior center for Botkins, Logan Pitts, warmed up in the third quarter scoring the majority of her 21 points in this quarter.
Botkins continued to expand on its lead in the fourth quarter by outscoring Parkway 18-5 to post its first victory of the year.
Parkway had 32 turnovers compared to Botkins’ 29. Botkins was 19 of 35 from the foul line while Parkway was 14 of 28.
Parkway shot 25 percent from the field, compared to Botkins’ 37 percent.
The Lady Trojans out rebounded Parkway 34-30 .
Mack said he was pleased with the performance of the Trojans, but said they need to remember to play the entire game, and not slow up when they have a lead.
“We got a little rattled with their pressure,” Mack said. “And we got lethargic once we got the lead, which you can’t do”.
Mack said in practice, they are going to work on breaking full-court pressure better.
“We need to work on handling people’s pressure, we’re going to see it night in and night out in the Shelby County League,” Mack said.
Botkins moves to 1-0 on the year, and the Trojans return to action Tuesday night against Shelby County foe Russia. Parkway falls to 0-1 on the year.
Botkins was led by Pitts who recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bergman added 18 points. Parkway was led by 3 players who scored 7 points each.