BASKETBALL: Panthers' pressure trips W-G

WAYNESFIELD — Every time the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers made a run, the Parkway Panthers had an answer.

Eventually, the Tigers just ran out of runs.

Parkway used it’s full-court defensive pressure to slow down the up-tempo Tigers and hold on for a 66-59 win in a non-league varsity girls basketball game on Seniors Night on Monday at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.

The Panthers forced 24 W-G turnovers and kept the Tigers from attacking offensively.

“We were able to get the ball down the court,” W-G coach Ted Patton said.  “But it slowed us down some.  ...  That’s our style of game.  We really need to push the ball.”

“That was huge,” Parkway coach Jeff Kallas said.  “I think that’s one of the reasons we won, was by controlling the tempo and trying to neutralize [Kaylee] Patton as much as we could and force somebody else to beat us.”

Patton led the Tigers with 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.  Rebecca Stevens added 10 points and 11 rebounds.  Lidia Turner chipped in with 10 points.  And Ivy Horn scored six points and grabbed nine boards.

Parkway led most of the game, but never by more than eight points.

The Tigers briefly took a 48-34 lead with a 13-2 run in the third quarter.  But Parkway quickly rattled off nine unanswered points of its own to retake the lead 43-38.

W-G would get no closer than two points as the Panthers led the rest of the way.

“We missed some shots at the wrong time,” Ted Patton said.  “There are times you need to hit some shots.  And we didn’t hit them when we really needed to.”

The Tigers made their last run in the final minutes of the game.

With Parkway leading 62-54, Turner connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to cut the gap to 62-57 with 2:25 to play.

Kaylee Patton was fouled following a Panthers turnover but missed the front end of the one-and-one.

Turner put up another three.  But Parkway’s Alicia Samaniego blocked the shot and teammate Haley Roehm grabbed the loose ball.

Roehm was fouled and made one of two free throws to make it a 63-57 Parkway lead with 1:34 to play.

After an exchange of possessions, Stevens scored underneath to cut the lead to four, 63-59, with 40 seconds remaining.

Parkway’s Haley Burtch missed the front end of a one-and-one at the other end.  Patton pulled up for a three in transition, but the shot rimmed out.  Becca Harshman grabbed the rebound for the Panthers and was fouled by Patton, her fifth of the game.

Harshman made both free throws and Burtch would add another to set the final score.

Harshman led all scorers with 26 points.  Burtch added 18 for the Panthers.

Monday night marked the first game all season the injury-plagued Tigers have had every player on the roster healthy and available to play.

“This is another different lineup tonight that we’ve started,” Patton said.  “It’s just really tough to get into a rhythm and get into the flow.  A lot of other teams have been playing all year with their starters.  And it’s been a very difficult time for us to get going on that and know everybody’s role.  That’s tough.”

Parkway improved to 7-12.  The Tigers fell to 10-9.

W-G won the junior varsity game 37-32.

The Tigers conclude their regular season Thursday at Cory-Rawson.