Crestview senior Paige Motycka (34) puts up a shot amid Parkway defenders Sydney Crouch (22), Bailey Bates (23) and Claire Eichler (42) during Tuesday’s girls basketball game in Convoy. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Crestview senior Paige Motycka (34) puts up a shot amid Parkway defenders Sydney Crouch (22), Bailey Bates (23) and Claire Eichler (42) during Tuesday’s girls basketball game in Convoy. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
CONVOY – Crestview was firing on all cylinders at both ends Tuesday night in a 65-26 thrashing of Parkway. The Lady Knights are 1-2, the Lady Panthers 2-2.

Although the Knights missed 51 field goal attempts (26 of 77 for 34 percent), their up-tempo attack — along with 11 Crestview 3-pointers and 25 Parkway turnovers — proved devastating to the visitors.

“That’s kind of our staple, defense, getting stops, then pushing the ball ahead and looking for good early shots in our offense; if not, then we get in our sets,” said Knight coach Mark Gregory. “Tonight we did a great job of pushing ahead and finding our teammates, and also penetrating and kicking and finding our shooters. That’s when we play at our best, when we’re up-tempo and pushing the ball ahead.”

The game was interesting for most of the first quarter. The Knights led 8-0 on two Lyvia Black threes and a 15-foot Paige Motycka pull-up jumper. However, the Panthers then went on a run to tie it at 10-10 and 12-12. Crestview finished the period on a 9-0 run, capped by Black’s buzzer-beating triple — 21-12 at the break.

That first quarter would prove to be the best one by far for Parkway. The Knights quickly took charge in the second period, winning it 20-5 to lead 41-17 at the half. Crestview only hit 16 of 39 field goal tries in the first 16 minutes, but seven of those 16 buckets were 3’s. Also, Parkway already had 14 turnovers, the Knights only three.

Both teams were ice-cold in the third quarter, but Crestview got off twice as many shots — 5 of 22 to Parkway’s 2 of 11 — and three of the Knight buckets were from beyond the arc.

The fourth quarter was similar to the third — a lot of missed shots by both teams — but the home team shooting much more frequently — 5 of 16 to 1 of 6.

Crestview’s 34 percent shooting (26 for 77) was better than Parkway’s 25 percent (9 of 36), as was the Knight’s long-range bombing — 30 percent (11 of 37) to 17 percent (2 of 12). Free throw shooting was not a major factor, although Parkway was a bit better — 75 percent (6 of 8) to 67 percent (2 of 3). The Knights won the boards 43-28 and had fewer turnovers, 8-25.

Crestview had four players in double figures — Motycka, Lexi Gregory, Black, and Bailey Gregory with 15, 14, 13, and 11. Haley Hawk and Bailey Bates had 10 and 9 for Parkway.

“After having two tough opponents (losses to Ottoville and Fort Recovery), I challenged the girls to come back out here and just work together,” said Gregory. “I thought tonight we really shared the basketball well. If you look at our scoring, it was very even, and that’s when we’re gonna be at our best.”

The Crestview junior varsity (1-2) used a 15-1 third quarter run to pull away and win 34-24. Raegan Hammons, Kaylee Wolford, Lexi Dull, and Lauryn Black led the Lady Knight scoring with 8, 7, 6, and 6. Claire Langenkamp had 6 for Parkway.

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PARKWAY (26)

Sophia Miller 3, Sydney Crouch 0, Bailey Bates 9, Leah Harshman 2, Haley Hawk 10, Layne Claudy 0, Ansley Burtch 0, Kris Kirby 0, Shaelyn Thomas 0, Claire Langenkamp 0, KeAndra Godsey 0, Claire Eichler 2.

CRESTVIEW (65)

Lyvia Black 14, Alyssa Gent 0, Lexi Gregory 13, Ally McCoy 4, Paige Motycka 15, Bailey Gregory 11, Haley Speith 0, Aleigh Chesbro 0, Olivia Cunningham 6, Lizzie Bowen 0, Emma Bowen 2, Raegan Hammons 0.

Parkway 12 5 4 5 - 26

Crestview 21 20 13 11 - 65

3-point shooting: PW 2/12 (Bates 2), CV 11/37 (Black 4, Bailey Gregory 3, Cunningham 2, Lexi Gregory, Motycka). Rebounds: PW 28, CV 43. Fouls: PW 8, CV 10. Turnovers: PW 25, CV 8. Jayvee score: CV 34-24.