Parkway’s Dakota Schaffner tries a shot in the paint during the Panthers’ 46-33 loss to St. Henry on Friday night. The loss moves Parkway to 0-7 in MAC play this season. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ST. HENRY — The Parkway Panthers looked to be road warriors on Friday night as they headed south to St. Henry High School to take on the Redskins in Midwest Athletic Conference action. The ‘Skins used a strong first-half effort to open a 13-points halftime advantage and held on to win by that same margin, claiming a 46-33 win.
The Panthers got an early dunk from Brant Barna to cut the Redskin lead to 5-4, but St. Henry then got a layup from Mitchel Stammen and a corner trey from Evan Prenger to regain the momentum.
Parkway quickly countered with two foul shots from Matt Heindel and a scoop and score from Tanner Bates to make it, 10-8, but the Redskins ended the first quarter with a layup from Jason Jacobs and another corner 3-pointer from Tyler Schwieterman to bring the first period score to 15-10, ‘Skins.
The second stanza was the Mikesell show as he poured in nine of the Redskins 12 points in the period, and the Panthers could only muster a pair of free throws and a Heindel layup right before the end of the first half.
Mikesell end the first half with 11 points, eight boards and four blocks. Parkway got six points, four rebounds and one block from Heindel in the first half.
The Panthers were unable to connect from long range in the first half. As a team they shot 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.
Parkway opened the second half with a layup from Barna, and the Panthers were finally able to connect from distance as Austin Adams drained a 3-pointer to make the score 27-19, ‘Skins.
Back-to-back layups by the Redskins moved the lead back up to 12 with the score 31-19.
Parkway got a layup from Dakota Schaffner and a 3-pointer from Brody Adams before St. Henry drained a corner 3-pointer from Schwieterman to end the third quarter with the score 35-25.
Mid-way through the fourth period, Parkway got back to back three-point possessions, one from Bates who dialed one up from long distance, and one from Barna, who got the hoop and the harm to cut the Redskins lead to 35-30.
The Redskins turned to Stammen to ice the game away as Stammen drained three consecutive 3-pointer to take the wind out of the Parkway sails.
“They came out with a 2-3 match-up and we had not seen that anywhere except for maybe against Celina. We finally got our kids to realize what they could do from an offensive point and we got back in the game. But we didn’t close out when we need to and number four (Stammen) was able to hit a couple really timely three pointers that really hurt us and stop our momentum,” said Parkway coach Rick Hickman.
The Panthers shot just 4-for-16 from downtown in the game, contributing to their low point total. “We are going to start knocking down shots one of these games, and once we do we will be a different team. We hit a few tonight, but not nearly enough. Thirty-three points isn’t going to win too many ball games. Our defense is keeping teams under 50 most games, we just need to start getting our shots to fall and we will be a different team,” finished Hickman.
The Panthers had one scorer in double figures as Barna finished the night with 10 points and four boards. Heindel had six points and seven rebounds for Parkway and both Brody Adams and Bates added six points for the away side.
The Redskins got a double-double from Mikesell, who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. St. Henry also had Stammen with 12 points and Schwieterman with 11 points on the night for the ‘Skins.
St. Henry improves to 11-7 on the season and goes to 4-3 in the MAC. Parkway drops to 4-13 on the season and 0-7 in conference play.
Score by quarters
Parkway 10 4 10 9- 33
St. Henry 15 12 7 12- 46
Henidel 6, Schaffner 2, A. Adams 3, B. Adams 6, Gibson 0, Dennison 0, Bates 6, Barna 10
St. Henry (46)
Niekamp 0, Schwieterman 10, Prenger 9, Stammen 12, Bender 0, Mikesell 13, Jacobs 2