ROCKFORD — The Parkway Panthers kicked off Winter Homecoming on
Friday night as the Panthers welcomed Midwest Athletic Conference foes
the Versailles Tigers to Parkway High School. The Tigers held the
Panthers to single digit scoring in every quarter and picked up the
The Tigers opened the game with a boom as Justin
Ahrens and Keaton McEldowney nailed 3-pointers to give Versailles a 6-0
lead. The Tigers lead balloon to 14-0 as Ahrens chipped in four more
points before a Jack Wehe foul shot got the Panthers on the board in the
first quarter, 14-1 Versailles. Parkway got their first bucket from the
field as Jeremy Feldes got an easy layup to bring the score to 14-3
Versailles ended the first quarter with a triple from
Austin Knapke and a foul shot from AJ Ahrens to make the score 20-3
“I didn’t think we were aggressive at all in the first
quarter. I thought we came out timid and we just didn’t come out strong.
And we dug ourselves a huge hole because of it, got down double digits
and that’s probably the number one team in the state for Division III.
So tonight we needed to get off to a better start,” said Parkway coach
The Panthers opened the second quarter with a 3-point
play from Caleb Kinney, and, later on in the quarter, Feldes connected
for a basket for Parkway to make it 22-8. Justin Ahrens got three
straight jumpers to increase the Tigers lead to 30-9 in the second
quarter before a Parkway timeout with 3:20 left in the first half.
Ahrens went on a 5-0 run himself to open the second half to increase
the Tigers lead to 40-12. The Panthers went 4-for-8 from the foul line
as Justin Barna was able to knock down three free throws during that
time to cut the Versailles lead to 46-18. Nick Hawk would get a layup
and Andrew Baker made a foul shot to make the score 48-21, Tigers.
Versailles (8-1, 3-0 MAC) went into the final period up 53-21 over the Panthers.
Panthers (3-7, 0-2 MAC) made their first triple of the game as Mason
Baxter connected from beyond the arc and a couple plays later Baxter
again drained from three point land. The second Baxter trey cut the
Versailles lead to 61-27
Justin Ahrens lead all scorers on the
night with 29 points for Versailles and AJ Ahrens chipped in with 10
points. The Panthers were led in the scoring column by Baxter with 6
points and Kinney with 5 points.
“Our youth showed at times
tonight. We have got to learn from nights like this and that is just
what we got done talking about. We need to learn from this so we can get
better. Tomorrow we will watch the film and talk with the kids about it
and we will get better from it,” said Parkway coach Hughes.
McEldowney 5-8 0-0 11, Alex Wendel 2-6 2-2 6, Justin Ahrens 9-17 7-9
29, Connor Custenborder 1-4 0-0 2, AJ Ahrens 4-5 2-4 10, Austin Knapke
1-1 0-0 3, Cole Nikamp 2-3 0-1 4, Sam Barga 0-4 2-2 2, Kyle Jones 1-2
0-0 3, Evan Heistand 0-0 1-2 1, Total 25-50, 14-20 71
Baxter 2-10 0-0 6, Logan Huff 2-7 0-0 4, Nick Hawk 1-5 0-1 2, Caleb
Kinney 1-3 3-5 5, Justin Barna 0-2 4-10 4, Andrew Baker 1-6 1-3 3, Jack
Wehe 0-0 1-2 1, Jeremy Feldes 2-4 0-0 4, Total 9-37, 9-21 29
Versailles 20 13 20 18 - 71
Parkway 3 9 9 8 - 29
Parkway 2-11 (Baxter 2) Versailles 4-7 (J Ahrens 2, McEldowney, Knapke)
Rebounds: Parkway 20 (Baker 8) Versailles 34 (J Ahrens 13) Assists:
Parkway 2 (Barna 2) Versailles 8 (Wendel 4) Turnovers: Parkway 18,
Versailles 12 Fouls: Parkway 17, Versailles 16 JV: 64-37 Versailles