Parkway’s Mason Baxter goes for a layup over Ridgemonts Jordan Streets (4). (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Parkway’s Mason Baxter goes for a layup over Ridgemonts Jordan Streets (4). (DHI Media/Pat Agler)

ROCKFORD – It was the kind of game that a Parkway player — but not a statistician — had to love. The Panthers ran and ran some more while crushing Ridgemont 88-50 in Thursday night’s second game of the boys section of the Chatt Insurance Holiday Tournament. Parkway is now 5-3, Ridgemont 0-8.

Parkway will seek its first ever Chatt Insurance title at 8:00 Friday against Graham, a 69-54 winner over Grove City Christian in Thursday night’s first game.

Ridgemont’s fantastic freshman, Jayden Streets, started the game with 15-foot baseliner, but that was the last Golden Gopher lead. Parkway junior Mason Baxter scored the next six points — baseline layup-and-one, fast break layup (assist Nick Hawk), one of two free throw attempts — 6-2, Parkway, with 5:58 on the clock. Ridgemont got within one at 8-7 and 10-9, but the Panthers, led by Baxter, took off from there. It was 20-11 after one, and Baxter already had 13 points.

A Baxter triple capped off a big second quarter for the Panthers, which ended with the home team on top 44-26. Baxter had 21 at that point, and Streets had 13.

If the Gophers had any hope of a comeback, that hope was quickly dashed when Parkway started the third quarter with an 11-0 run in the first two minutes to lead 55-26. Ridgemont got off only one shot during those two minutes, turning the ball over three times.

The stats, except for free-throw shooting, heavily favored Parkway. The Panthers were terrific from the field at 56 percent (35 of 62), including 40 percent (8 of 20) from three; Ridgemont shot 35 percent (19 of 54), 17 percent (2 for 12) from beyond the arc. Parkway totally dominated the boards 42-17 and had fewer turnovers, 14-17. The Panthers continued to struggle from the free throw line — 45 percent (10 of 22); the Golden Gophers hit 63 percent (10 of 16).

Nine Panthers scored, led by Baxter’s 27. Sophomores Caleb Kinney and Corey Walls came off the bench to contribute 15 and 13, while junior starters Preston Stober and Jack Wehe added 9 each, and senior starter Logan Huff had 8.

Jayden Streets had 25 for Ridgemont. Sophomore Connor Martino and senior Jordan Streets added 13 and 8.

Ridgemont (50)

Jayden Streets 25, Connor Martino 13, Jordan Streets 8, Lyndon Roof 0, Carson James 0, Kaden Skaggs 0, Tyrese Patterson 2, Jeremiah Whitaker 0, Austin Elsasser 0, Casey Smith 0, Collin Wallace 0, Jadon Miller 2.

Parkway (88)

Mason Baxter 27, Logan Huff 8, Jack Wehe 9, Preston Stober 9, Nick Hawk 2, Gavin Stober 0, Dylan Hughes 3, Corey Walls 13, Caleb Kinney 15, Nick Riley 0, Eli Rich 2, Jason Luth 0.

Ridgemont 11 15 14 10 - 50

Parkway 20 24 26 18 - 88

3-point shooting: RM 2/12 (Jayden Streets, Martino), PW 8/20 (Baxter 3, Walls 2, Wehe 2, Preston Stober). Rebounds: RM 17, PW 42. Fouls: RM 16, PW 19. Turnovers: RM 17, PW 14.