Haley Hawk puts up a shot against a pair of Perry defenders. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Haley Hawk puts up a shot against a pair of Perry defenders. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)

LIMA – The Parkway Panthers were on the road Thursday night, and they made the long trip to Lima, as they were set to square off against the Perry Commodores. The Lady Panthers controlled the game from the opening tip-off, as they faced a young and inexperienced Commodore squad consisting of 6 freshmen, 4 sophomores, and 1 junior. Ultimately, Parkway handled them easily in every facet of the game en route to a 66-22 blowout victory to move their record to 2-1 on the season.

“It is difficult to get going in games like this, but our girls have to maintain that intensity and tonight, we didn’t,” Parkway head coach Linda Hawk said. “Even though we won by over forty points, we didn’t have the intensity that we need. We have to be ready to go, and that’s what happened to us against Botkins. We weren’t ready to go in that first half, and we weren’t really ready to play tonight.”

If the Lady Panthers weren’t ready to go, it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard Thursday night. They started the game off with a 9-0 run which was spearheaded by their 3 senior leaders: Sydney Crouch, Haley Hawk, and Bailey Bates. Behind their effort, they forced 7 first quarter turnovers, leading to easy transition points. Throughout the night, the Commodores struggled to figure out the best way to beat the Panthers 1-2-2 press. Perry earned their first bucket at the midway point in the first quarter, and by the time the period came to its conclusion, the game was already out of hand as Parkway led 22-6.

Things did not improve for the Commodores in the second quarter either. Despite the Panthers getting minutes for their bench, Perry only managed 3 points, all of which came with under 1-minute remaining. An abysmal shooting performance handcuffed the Commodores effort as they went 1 for 11 from the foul line, and 0 of 7 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers protected the ball well, having only 4 turnovers in the first half, and shot efficiently, going 17 for 35 from the floor.

Leading 40-9 coming out of halftime, the game was all but over. The starters played a majority of the third quarter before the bench was utilized for the entirety of the fourth. In the end, Parkway walked away victors, 66-22, but Coach Hawk noted issues still needing to be dealt with before Midwest Athletic Conference plays begins.

“We worked quite a bit on our defense this week, closing-out and not getting beat, and that was what I wanted our girls to focus on tonight,” Coach Linda Hawk said after the game. “We didn’t do very well with that tonight. We were getting beat off the ball consistently. We’re going to have to clean that up and work harder.”

Parkway (66)

Haley Hawk 10-15 2-3 22, Sydney Crouch 5-10 4-4 16, Bailey Bates 2-7 4-7 9, Claire Eichler 1-6 2-4 4, Sophia Miller 2-5 0-0 4, Claire Langenkamp 2-5 0-0 4, Kris Kirby 1-4 0-0 3, KeAndra Godsey 1-3 0-2 2, Shaelyn Thomas 1-3 0-0 2, Ansley Burtch 0-2 0-1 0, Leah Harshman 0-4 0-0 0, Layne Claudy 0-1 0-0

Perry (22)

Zierre Thompson 0-7 0-0 0, Trinity Gurley 0-2 2-2 2, Brooke Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Asani Browning 0-1 0-2 0, Makiah Denson 1-1 0-2 2, Lily Floyd 1-12 0-0 3, Tia Barfield 7- 20 0-4 14, Maidison Amstutz 0-0 1-4 1, Alizae White 0-3 0-1 0

Parkway 22 18 18 8 – 66

Perry 6 3 4 9 – 22

Rebounds: PW 38 PC 35

Assists: PW 19 PC 1

3-point field goals: PW 3-11 (Crouch 2) PC 1-11 (Floyd)

Fouls: PW 17 PC 15 Turnovers: PW 12 PC 28