Parkway’s Logan Huff drives to the hoop against Botkins defender Tristen Burns (24) during a game on Saturday night. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Parkway’s Logan Huff drives to the hoop against Botkins defender Tristen Burns (24) during a game on Saturday night. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
BOTKINS — Parkway hit the road for the second time in as many games this season as the Panthers faced Botkins on Saturday evening. They came out enthusiastic before the opening tip, and their energy throughout the night carried them to a dominant victory, 56-37.

The Panthers (2-0) put on a defensive clinic, forcing 25 Botkins turnovers. On the night, they were led by junior Mason Baxter, scoring 14 points, and senior Logan Huff, adding 10.

“I was impressed with Nick Hawk, Logan Huff and Preston Stober tonight,” Parkway head coach Doug Hughes said after the win. “Those three stood out with their aggressiveness. They did a great job on the boards and getting to loose balls. Overall, I thought we were just the more aggressive team.”

Parkway stormed the gates of The Coliseum, holding a 16-11 lead after the first quarter. Despite shooting 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point line, they were 7-for-8 from within the arc, most of which were set up by their relentless defensive effort. Parkway forced 7 first quarter turnovers leading to easy fastbreak points. In the halfcourt, Logan Huff lassoed several offensive rebounds as he accounted for 6 points in the first quarter, going 2-for-2 from the field and 2 of 3 from the foul line.

The momentum they established in the first quarter carried right on over into the second. The Panthers held the Trojans scoreless for the first four minutes, and went on a 10-0 run as they got easy baskets in transition from Hawk, Stober and Jack Wehe. For the first half, all Parkway points came from Huff, Hawk, Stober and Wehe; through when that group cooled off, the Trojans finished the second quarter with a 9-2 run, cutting the score from 26-11 to 28-20 going into the half.

However, the Panthers weren’t to be outdone on the night. They controlled the boards in the second half, outrebounding Botkins 19 to 7. Meanwhile, the Trojans struggled to find the net. They made 3 of 9 field goal attempts in the third, while Parkways went 7 of 16 and 3 for 4 from the foul line as they outscored the Trojans 20-6 and began running away with the game.

The poor shooting performance from Botkins enabled the Panthers to extend their lead in the third quarter, and things didn’t improve when the fourth quarter got underway. In the fourth they went 1 for 9 from the field, but good free throw shooting, going 9 of 10, was the lone bright spot.

“We talked about last night (Friday) being the opener, and a lot of crazy things were happening,” Coach Hughes said. “There was really no flow to the game last night, but tonight we definitely found our flow. Tonight was definitely a step in the right direction.”

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PARKWAY (56)

Gavin Stober 0-3 0-0 0, Dylan Hughes 0-3 0-3 0, Mason Baxter 6 -13 2-5 14, Corey Walls 2-4 0-0 4, Logan Huff 3-7 4-6 10, Jack Wehe 4-6 0-0 9, Preston Stober 5-7 0-0 10, Justin Rice 1-1 1-2 3, Nick Hawk 3-5 0-0 6

BOTKINS (37)

Elliot Goubeaux 1-3 2-2 4, Zane Paul 0-3 0-0 0, Conner Smock 1-5 3-4 5, Spencer Heuker 5-9 2-4 12, Tyler Free 1-1 0-0 2, Josh Madden 3-5 0-0 6, Ethan Butcher 2-9 4-6 8

Parkway 16 12 20 8 – 56

Botkins 11 9 6 11 – 37

Rebounds: PW 31 BT 19; Assists: PW 8 BT 8; 3-point field goals: PW 1-12 (Wehe) BT 0-8; Fouls: PW 21 BT 18; Turnovers: PW 16 BT 25