Parkway senior Ashlynn Henderson takes a jump shot as an Elida defender contests during the Lady Bulldogs’ 50-41 non-conference win over Parkway on Tuesday night. Henderson and the Panthers fell to 6-10 with the loss. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ELIDA —The Lady Panthers battled Elida at the Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, but fell by a 50-41 final score. The loss drops Parkway to 6-10 on the campaign.
Parkway got five of its first seven points from Lydia Heindel, but trailed 13-8 after the opening period. Senior post Sierra Fent got involved in the action in the second, scoring 10 points in the stanza and helping the Lady Panthers climb back into the contest.
After two foul shots from Bailee Kuhn gave Elida a 15-8 lead, Parkway got baskets from Fent and Heindel and a foul shot from Cami Hellwarth to cut the score to 15-13.
The Lady Panthers continued to fight back as Fent scored the next eight points for Parkway, the last of those knotting the game at 21-21. Elida got a basket from Torie McAdams and Parkway countered with one from Hellwarth to end the first half with a 23-23 tie.
A Raegen Bransteter free throw put Parkway on top, but the Lady Bulldogs went on a 8-0 run, getting four points from Kylie Downton, to make the score 31-24, Elida.
Parkway got a 3-pointer from Kayle Heckler and later a basket from Hellwarth to bring the score to 33-29, Lady Bulldogs.
Elida ended the third quarter with a 3-pointer from Abby Waddle to make the score 39-31 after three.
The Lady Panthers opened the final period with a 3-pointer from Heckler to pull to within five, but Elida extended the lead to 45-34 before buckets by Fent and Terra Walls made it a seven-point spread once again.
Parkway could only add three more points to their total with a Heckler trey and Elida got a hard fought win on a snowy night by a score of 50-41.
Parkway had one scorer in double digits as Sierra Fent had 15 points on the night. The Lady Panthers also got nine points from Kayle Heckler and seven points from both Cami Hellwarth and Lydia Heindel. Elida had two girls in double figures as Kylie Downton had 16 points, Torie McAdams chipped in with 10 points on the night.
“They hit some shots and we didn’t hit some shoots. We turned over the ball way to much tonight, we definitely didn’t come out aggressive tonight and they did. We were back on our heels, and we were not very aggressive tonight. Elida wanted the game more than we did,” said Parkway coach Lynn Hughes.
“We had six game counting tonight game until tournament, and we wanted to get back to five hundred. And I felt that a lot of the six game were games that we could win. I know that Parkway hasn’t won much (historically), but we have the capability to do so. It’s what I have told the kids. You have to want to win, and, tonight, I don’t think we came out with that want,” finished coach Hughes.