Parkway’s Brant Barna slams home a dunk during a game at Lima Temple Christian Friday night. The Panthers fell in the contest 45-38. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
Parkway’s Brant Barna slams home a dunk during a game at Lima Temple Christian Friday night. The Panthers fell in the contest 45-38. (Times Bulletin/Pat Agler)
By Nick Johnson

Times Bulletin Correspondent

LIMA - The Parkway Panther boys basketball team traveled to Lima on Friday night to take on the Temple Christian Pioneers at Temple Christian High School. Both teams came into the match-up with 0-2 records on the year. The Pioneers beat the Panthers by a score of 45-38.

With the score 2-2, Temple Christian's Andrew Rhoad made a layup that gave them a 4-2 lead, and the Panthers didn't trail from that point on.

After an Austin Dennison three-pointer brought the score to 6-5, Pioneers, Temple Christian ran off 12 unanswered points to end the first quarter, including back-to-back three-pointers by Justin Kroehler and Taylor Zwiebel to give them an 18-5 lead.

Parkway opened the second with a Cody Schmitt steal, taking the ball the length of the court for a layup. After that, however, both teams went cold, and no points were scored during the ensuing four minutes.

Neither team could muster any offense in the second quarter, with the teams combining for five made baskets, and the score at halftime was 24-11.

The Pioneers got solid scoring in the first half with 7 and 8 from Kroehler and Rhoad, respectively. Dennison had nearly half of Parkway's points at half, with five points.

The Panthers cut into the deficit with a 6-2 run to start the third, including an Austin Adams three-pointer to make it 26-17 Pioneers. Temple Christian fought to extend their lead with four points each from Rhoad and Kroehler to give them a 37-24 lead in the third quarter.

With time winding down in the third, the Panthers got a big boost of energy when Brant Barna slammed home a missed shot to bring the third quarter score to 37-26, Pioneers.

Parkway tried most of the fourth quarter to get the score within a basket or two, but good foul shooting by Temple Christian prevented Parkway from coming back. The Pioneers went 8 of 13 from the free throw line to give them the 45-38 win over the Panthers.

The Pioneers finished with three players in double figures with Evan Sutton having 10 points, eight of those coming in the second half. Kroehler added 14 and Rhoad contributed 12 for the Panthers.

Parkway was led by Barna who had 10 points, eight of them also coming in the second half, and Dennison who scored eight points in the contest.

"I thought we didn't come out too well, we played well but we didn't make any shots early, that got us a little frustrated. We were able to move the ball around the perimeter and, in the second quarter, we started using the high post and the low post. The offense really opened up for us," said Parkway coach Will Snyder.

The Pioneers' zone defense was able to hold the Panthers to just a 28 percent shooting from the field, while the Pioneers shot 48 percent from the field. Temple Christian also got to the charity stripe nearly twice as much as Parkway, most of those came in the fourth quarter.

"Temple Christian is really good - that is what they do. They play that zone and they make it hard on you to shot. It's a hard environment to shoot, it's a hard environment to play, and we are a young team. I think we will learn from this game," added Snyder.

With the win, the Pioneers improve their record to 1-2 on the year, and Parkway drops to 0-3 on the season.

Temple Christian (FG, FT, 3pt, Tot)

Evan Sutton 3-6 4-6 0-0 10, Taylor Zwiebel 0-1 2-7 1-3 5, Zeke Bolon 1-2 2-2 0-0 4, Justin Kroehler 3-5 2-2 2-4 14, Braden Long 0-0 0-0 0-2 0, Andrew Rhoad 6-9 0-0 0-1 12, Totals: 13-23, 10-17, 3-10, 45

Parkway (FG, FT, 3pt, Tot)

Cody Schmitt 1-2 0-2 0-4 2, Tanner Bates 0-2 0-0 2-6 6, Austin Adams 0-1 0-0 2-8 6, Austin Dennison 0-2 5-6 1-1 8, Matt Heindel 3-8 0-0 0-3 6, Brant Barna 5-12 0-0 0-0 10 Totals: 9-27, 5-8, 5-22, 38