Lady Panthers drop close contest to MAC rival Coldwater
Friday, January 17, 2014 12:10 AM
By Nick Johnson
Parkway guard Sarah Gehron puts up a jump shot during the Lady Panthers’ 40-34 loss at Coldwater on Thursday evening. Gehron was one of seven different players to score in the game for Parkway. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
COLDWATER — The Parkway Lady Panthers traveled to Coldwater High School on Thursday night to take on the Coldwater Lady Cavaliers in Midwest Athletic Conference girls basketball action.
Coldwater was able to come away with the victory by a score of 40-34.
The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead, getting baskets from Cami Hellwarth and Raegen Bransteter. Coldwater was able to answer quickly with a three-pointer from Sarah Kanney to make it 4-3, Parkway. Parkway pushed the lead back up to four getting a basket from Hellwarth and a Sarah Gehron foul shot, 7-3 Lady Panthers.
The Lady Cavaliers then went on a 9-0 run, getting four points from Lauren Leugers and a three-pointer from Erica Sudhoff to make the score 12-7, Coldwater.
The Panthers finished the quarter with baskets from Sierra Fent and Terra Walls to make the score after one period 13-11, Lady Cavs.
Parkway took the lead in the middle of the second quarter with a Hellwarth jumper and a basket from Ashlynn Henderson to make it 17-16, but Coldwater got baskets from Bridget Dues and Kanney to retake the lead at 21-17.
Parkway got two Bransteter foul shots to go into the half down just two.
The Lady Cavs got off to a fast start in the second half opening the third period with an 8-0 run, getting three baskets from Kanney to jump out to a 29-19 lead.
The Lady Panthers got back into the game, however, with a Fent layup and a Bransteter three-pointer to cut the Coldwater lead to one possession at the end of 24 minutes of action.
Fent scored three points to open the fourth period for Parkway, but the Cavs’ Denise Schwieterman was able to connect on three baskets to extend the Coldwater lead to 35-29.
Parkway got a three-pointer from Kayle Heckler, but Coldwater was quick to counter with one from Kanney to make the score 38-32. Both teams manage one more bucket apiece as Heckler scored for Parkway and Leugers scored for Coldwater.
When the final buzzer rang the Lady Cavs had a 40-34 victory over the Lady Panthers.
The Lady Cavs had one scorer in double figures as Kanney led the way with 14 points. Schwieterman added nine points and Leugers chipped in with eight points. The Lady Panthers were led by Hellwarth with eight points and both Bransteter and Fent added seven.
“It was a frustrating loss. I think our kids have made great strides and the big key tonight was, I think, we had to many turnovers. I think it was 26. We made careless turnovers, and we couldn’t handle their pressure, and if we could we would have had a better shot in the game,” said Parkway coach Lynn Hughes
“We were telling the kids at halftime, ‘we can’t regress, we need to come out and catch fire.’ I think they did a great job of coming back from the run, and it took a lot of energy out of us and we fought. We fought, we just couldn’t drive this one home,” finished coach Hughes.
Coldwater improves their record to 8-4 with the win on Thursday night.
The Lady Panthers dropped to 5-7 on the year and 1-3 in the MAC.