Parkway’s Austin Dennison takes the ball to the hoop against a pair of Fort Recovery defenders in a game at Parkway High School. The Panthers lost the game. (Times Bulletin/ Pat Agler)
BY SEAN LAFONTAINE
Times Bulletin Correspondent
ROCKFORD - The Parkway Panthers hosted the Fort Recovery Indians Friday night in Midwest Athletic Confernce action. The Panthers hung around with Fort Recovery for awhile, but the Indians pulled away for a 55-30 road victory.
The teams played a close opening quarter. Alex Kaiser got a friendly roll on a three-pointer to give the Indians the early 3-0 lead. Parkway answered with a basket by Matt Heindel. After four straight points the Fort Recovery, Parkway responded with consecutive baskets by Brant Barna and Heindel. A basket by Elijah Kahlig extended the lead to three, but the Panthers tired the game at nine on their next possession on a three by Austin Dennison, coming off an assist by Luke Bates. Two free throws late in the quarter by Wade Gelhaus gave the Indians an 11-9 lead after one quarter.
Fort Recover pulled away in the second quarter. The Indians opened up the period on a 7-0 run to take an 18-9 lead, however, Parkway fought back. Austin Adams hit a three and Luke Bates got a put back basket to pull the Panthers within four 18-14, but the Indians closed out the quarter on a 12-4 run to take a commanding 30-16 lead at halftime.
The Indians pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Panthers 25-14 en route to a 55-30 victory over Parkway.
Parkway had balanced scoring on the night. Barna led the way with eight points, while Adams, Austin Dennison, and Heindel all added six. The Panthers shot just 7 of 24 (29 percent) from inside the arc, 5 of 9 (55 percent) from behind the three point line and went 1 for 5 (20 percent) from the free throw line. A big difference in the game was Parkway committed 16 turnovers on the night, while Fort Recovery committed just 7.
"Live ball turnover really hurt us in the second quarter," said Parkway coach Will Snyder. "In the first quarter when we had a turnover, it was a dead ball turnover and wasn't something that led right to points. That allowed them to get a little rhythem going. The scond thing that really hurt us was we had some foul situations where we had some fouls that weren't needed and we gave them six points."
Snyder was adamant that his team needs to stay the course and continue to improve.
"We have keep doing what we do, preaching what we preach, and keep working on what we are working on. We just need the players to gain confidence offensively. I don't think anyone that was here didn't believe that we played a good defensive game, we just need to convert on offense a little more."
Kahlig led all scorers with 18 points while Gelhaus added 17. Fort Recovery shot 16 for 33 (48 percent) from two and went 2 of 4 (50 percent) from three point land. The Indians also connected on 17 of 20 (85 percent) free throws.
The win improves Fort Recovery to 10-2 (1-2 MAC) on the season and the loss drops Parkway to 1-10 (0-3) on the season.
The Panthers return to action Saturday night when the host Botkins in non-conference action.
Score by quarters:
Parkway - 9 7 9 5 - 30
Fort Recovery - 11 19 13 12 - 55
Adams 0-0 2-3 0-0 6, 0-1 0-2 0-0 0, T. Bates 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dennison 0-1 2-3 0-0 6, Heindel 3-11 0-0 0-0 6, L. Bates 2-5 0-0 0-3 4, Barna 2-5 1-1 1-2 8
Fort Recovery (55)
Schoen 0-0 0-1 2-2 2, Schroer 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Sheffer 0-0 0-0 2-2 2, Dilworth 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Gelhaus 5-11 0-1 7-9 17, Kaiser 2-5 1-1 0-0 7, Kahlig 5-9 1-1 5-5 18, Evers 2-4 0-0 1-2 5
Parkway: 5 (Adams 2, Dennison 2, Barna)
Fort Recovery: 2 (Kaiser, Kahlig)