Crestview’s Emily Bauer takes a shot over the outstretched arm of Parkway’s Kylie Snyder in a game at Parkway High School Tuesday. Bauer led the Lady Knights with 17 points. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Brian Bassett
Times Bulletin Sports Editor
ROCKFORD - The Parkway Lady Panther and Crestview Lady Knight basketball teams renewed their non-conference rivalry Tuesday evening at Parkway High School. After several back-and-forth runs, the Lady Knights used a strong second quarter to take a lead, and pulled away late in the third for a 56-38 win.
"It was a game of spurts. Both teams shot well in the first quarter. We were able to play a little bit better defense and get some rebounds in the second quarter... But then in the second half, between the second part of the second (quarter) and the first part of the third, we wold have a good shot but couldn't throw it in the ocean. They cut it to six there, and we made a few shots in a row to get (the lead) back up," explained Crestview coach Greg Rickard.
The Lady Panthers led 15-14 late in the first, before Crestview put a run together to lead 17-14 after a quarter of play.
The second quarter may have been the difference. Parkway made only one of 10 field goal attempts, and split a pair of free throws for three points. Crestview scored 10 points in the same period of time to lead 27-17 at halftime.
"I've told the kids all season long, and I told them tonight before we started the game, we've got to rebound and we've got to take care of the basketball. They had 17 offensive boards and we had 25 turnovers, we can't have those two things," explained Parkway coach Lynn Hughes.
The Knights had 28 rebounds to Parkway's 22. Crestview committed 14 turnovers, but dished out 14 assists as well. The Lady Panthers only managed five assists.
"We'll make the extra pass and find the open person. If we hit a few more of those shots, we should have had close to 20 assists because we had some good passes and people open - perimeter shots - and just couldn't get the to fall," Rickard said.
Hughes was happy with forcing so many Lady Knight miscues, due in part to a 2-3 zone defense, as well as a full-court press which the team went to in the third quarter. "I think defensively we did a good job. I thought the full-court press hurt them, our defense hurt them. But it comes down to if we do our best on defense and on the full-court press, but don't get the rebounds, it doesn't mean anything," She said.
The Lady Knights missed their first seven shots of the third quarter, and Parkway began to crawl back in the game. A pair of foul shots from junior forward Cami Hellwarth and a layup by junior center Sierra Fent cut the Crestview lead to 27-21 with 4:56 to play in the third.
After four Crestview points, senior forward Kylie Snyder hit a three to bring Parkway within seven late in the third, but baskets from sophomore guard Kennis Mercer and freshman center Emily Bauer returned the Knight lead to 11.
Crestview led 44-31 after three, and didn't look back en route to the 56-38 win.
"They're a nice team," Rickard said of the Lady Panthers. "I knew coming in that they put up 63 points on Wayne Trace. That's a lot of points, and that was on the road. We knew they could score. We just wanted to try to slow them down a little bit."
The Lady Knights succeeded, holding Parkway to 14 of 47 (30 percent) from the field - including 12 of 41 (29 percent) from two-point range. Crestview shot 18 of 50 (36 percent) from the field, but managed 15 of 37 (51 percent) from close range.
Bauer continued to lead Crestview, pacing the team with 17 points and 11 rebounds. "With the zone, they were kind of spread out trying to take away the perimeter. So, that kind of left the middle open for her to do a little bit," explained Rickard.
The Lady Knight coach was happy with the contributions from his team all the way around, as sophomore point guard Mackenzie Riggenbaugh and sophomore forward Lindsey Motycka each had nine points, while senior guard Mariah Henry added eight and sophomore guard Kennis Mercer tallied seven. Riggenbach had five assists to lead the team.
Snyder led Parkway with 15 points, while Fent joined her in double-digits with ten points.
The win improves Crestview to 3-1 on the young season. Parkway falls to 0-3.
Crestview (2pt, 3pt, FT, Tot)
Riggenbach 2-10 1-4 2-2 9, Motycka 2-8 1-2 2-4 9, Hicks 1-4 0-0 2-2 4, Bauer 6-8 0-0 5-7 17, Crowle 0-1 0-3 2-2 2, Henry 2-2 0-2 4-5 8, Mercer 2-3 1-2 0-0 7, Hartman 0-1 0-0 0-0 0.
Hellwarth 1-5 0-0 3-4 5, Heindel 3-4 0-0 0-0 6, Fent 3-12 0-0 2-6 10, Bransteter 0-3 0-0 0-0 0, Samaniego 0-2 0-1 0-0 0, K. Walls 1-3 0-1 0-0 2, Snyder 4-10 2-4 1-2 15, Jutte 0-2 0-0 0-0 0.
Crestview 17 10 17 14 - 58
Parkway 14 3 14 7 - 38