Parkway forward Lydia Heindel takes a jumper during the Lady Panthers’ win over Waynesfield-Goshen on Monday night. The Lady Panthers moved to 8-12 on the season, picking up their second straight victory. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
WAYNESFIELD — The Parkway Lady Panthers took the long bus ride to Waynesfield-Goshen High School to take on the Lady Tigers on Monday night in non-conference girl’s high school basketball action. The Lady Panthers got the 51-48 victory over the Northwest Central Conference champions, in what was Waynesfield’s last home game of the season.
Parkway jumped out to a 10-2 lead getting four points from Sierra Fent to start the game, but W-G would battle back, using back-to-back 3-point field goals by Sydney Buffenbarger and Emily Patton to take a brief lead. Fent was able to knot the score at 18-18 with a bucket just before the end of the opening period.
With the scored tied at 19-19, Patton drained a 3-pointer to give Waynesfield the lead, but Parkway used back-to-back scores by Fent and Cami Hellwarth to reclaim a one-point advantage at 24-23.
The clubs would battle back and forth until Waynesfield’s Abbie Van Horn got fouled on a 3-point attempt and was able to connect on two of the three foul shots to give the Lady Tigers a one point lead going into the second half with the score 29-28.
Both teams got strong first-half performances from individual players as Fent put up 16 points and five rebounds for the Panthers, while Waynesfield got 17 points and six boards from Patton.
Patton’s big night continued as she opened the second half with a 3-pointer for the Lady Tigers, but Kayle Heckler drained a three of her own for Parkway to start an 8-0 run for the Lady Panthers.
Hellwarth finished a three-point play for Parkway to give them a 36-32 lead, but the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 of their own as Lidia Turner nailed a 3-pointer and Patton scored three points to give Waynesfield a 38-36 lead after three periods.
Parkway got early baskets from Raegen Bransteter and Terra Walls to take a 42-38 lead early in the fourth stanza.
Waynesfield fought back with five straight points from Chelsea Spencer, including a 3-pointer, to take a 43-42 lead.
Again, the seesaw affair tilted in favor of the Panthers, as a bucket from Fent and one by freshman Sarah Gehron helped Parkway build a lead of five at 48-43.
Though a Buffenbarger three would help bring the Tigers back to within one, Gehron’s clutch free throws late in the contest sealed the win for Parkway.
Parkway got a big night from Fent as Fent had 22 points and 10 boards while Hellwarth contributed 11 points to the cause. The Lady Tigers were led by Patton who had 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Buffenbarger chipped in eight points for Waynesfield.
“I give the kids credit. They stepped up and they believed and did what they needed to do to win the game,” Parkway coach Lynn Hughes said of her squad. “When I asked them to run some time off the clock, they were able to. To start the game we weren’t able to knock down free throws, but at the end of the game we knocked them down. We had kids come off the bench and play a big role. Fent had a big first half, and early on they couldn’t stop her.”
“It feels great to get a road win, especially this week when we have a lot of roads games. I told the kids our goal is to get ten wins this season, and to do that we have to get three road wins this week,” Hughes added. “Tonight, this one was our longest drive, so hopefully we can continue this on Thursday and Saturday.”
The Lady Panthers close the regular season with trips to Marion Local (Thursday) and Lincolnview (Saturday). The Lady Panthers improve to 8-12 on the season, while W-G falls to 10-7 with the loss.