Parkway’s Dakota Schaffner tries a jumper during the Panthers’ loss to Minster on Friday night. Parkway was 11-for-17 shooting in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a poor start. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
MINSTER —Parkway turned in an incredible offensive performance in the second half of their Midwest Athletic Conference game at Minster on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers fell 57-49.
Parkway opened the game quickly, getting baskets from Austin Adams and Brant Barna, to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The Wildcats bounced back with six straight points from Matthew Trushaw and a corner three-pointer from Josh Nixon to force a Parkway time out with the score 11-5, Minster.
The Panthers got a Tanner Bates three-pointer to cut the Minster lead to 16-10, but Nixon quickly connected on one of his own to increase the Wildcat lead to 19-12.
The Wildcats continued to be locked in from long range in the second quarter as both Trushaw and Nixon both connected on three-pointers in the stanza. That shooting - Minster was 5-for-10 from three point range before the break - helped the Wildcats move out to a 17-point lead after 16 minutes of play.
The Panthers got baskets from Dakota Schaffner and Matt Heindel in the second period. Going into the second half Minster’s Matthew Trushaw had 16 points to help propel the Wildcats.
“Sometimes you take the floor, and sometimes you take the floor. I know that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but sometimes it’s not who takes the floor, it is how you take the floor. I thought we did well in the first couple of minutes but then we lost it,” said Parkway coach Rick Hickman. “They scored 37 points against our man to man which is a regular defense. The kids are learning what it take because we are new to the kids and they are learning our system.”
Parkway was able to flip the script in the third quarter, as the Panthers outscored the Wildcats by an 18-10 margin.
The Panthers got three-pointers from Adams, Brandon Gibson and Austin Dennison in the third period. The Parkway defense really started to lock down, cutting the Wildcats scoring output in the quarter nearly in half from the 18 they allowed in the second.
Parkway open the fourth quarter down nine, at 47-38, but quickly cut into the Wildcat lead with a three-pointer from Heindel and one from Dennison to make the score 47-44, Minster.
Minster was able to get a three-pointer of their own from Hoying and used a timeout with 3:07 left in the fourth to rally there troops with the score 50-46, Wildcats.
Coming out of the timeout, Minster got a layup from Drew Ripploh to push the Wildcat lead to 52-44.
Minster got another layup from Hoying before Parkway’s Adams drained a three from the top of the key to cut the lead to 54-47.
Parkway got a steal and an easy basket from Barna to cut the Minster lead to five, but some clutch foul shooting by Hoying and Trushaw late in the fourth period gave Minster a 57-49 win.
“It isn’t an individual game it takes five guys moving and working to together to win the game. And we had five guys really working hard out there to cut into that lead. But when you take out two of our best players and put them on the bench that is a really big deal. We have to realizes it about the team and not just two players and we did and fought back into the game in the second half and I’m proud of the way we fought back down the stretch,” said coach Hickman.
Minster had the game leading scorer in Matthew Trushaw with 20 points and no other Wildcat was able to reach double figures. Parkway also had one scorer in double figures, as Matt Heindel had 12 points and both Brant Barna and Austin Dennison had nine points apiece.
The Wildcats improve to 5-10 and pick up their first win in the MAC. Parkway drops to 4-11 and 0-5 in the MAC.
Score by quarters
Parkway 12 8 18 9- 47
Minster 21 16 10 7- 54
A.Adams 8, Bates 5, Gibson 4, Dennison 9, Barna 9, B. Adams 0, Heindel 12, Schaffner 2
Hoying 7, Stechshulte 5, Wolf 6, Trushaw 20, Otting 8, Nixon 9, Huelsmen 0, Goodwin 0, Ripploh 2, Nixon 0