Parkway freshman Leah Harshman provides tight defense of Antwerp’s Hope Smith (30) during a rescheduled game in Paulding County on Tuesday evening. The homesteading Archers survived with a 41-35 win. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
Parkway freshman Leah Harshman provides tight defense of Antwerp’s Hope Smith (30) during a rescheduled game in Paulding County on Tuesday evening. The homesteading Archers survived with a 41-35 win. (DHI Media/Pat Agler)
ANTWERP — A young Parkway girls basketball team found themselves down to the Antwerp Lady Archers by 13 points late in the third quarter. The Lady Panthers could have cashed it in but with 1:12 remaining they had clawed their way back, down by just two points.

However, Antwerp’s Peyton Short delivered four free throws in the closing seconds to keep the Archers in front to post a 41-35 non conference win.

“This team didn’t quit. They don’t quit. But we need to be more consistent in our play so that we don’t get down and then find ourselves working and fighting so hard down the stretch trying to get back in the game,” said Parkway head coach Linda Hawk.

With no seniors on the floor, Parkway was led by a couple of juniors. Haley Hawk finished the night with 11 points and team mate Sydney Crouch adding nine points, coming from three buckets from behind the arc.

The Panthers trailed at the end of the first quarter 14-11 and took their only lead 15-14 on a Hawk basket midway through the second period. Parkway managed just four points in the quarter - all from Hawk but the Archers were not much better with just five points in the second.

After an Allie Ford bucket to open the third quarter the Archers answered with a 13-0 run to lead 32-17. The Archers scoring burst included three 3-pointers by 6’ Rachel Williamson who finished with 17 points to lead all scorers.

Trailing 34-23 heading into the final eight minutes of play, the Panthers added six quick points on buckets from Ford, Hawk, and freshman Leah Harshman. Williamson and Crouch traded 3-pointers followed by another Hawk score and a free throw by Bailey Bates to pull the Panthers to within two 37-35, setting up the parade to the foul line for the Archers.

“Tonight we had too many turnovers. We had 21 and we need to work on protecting the ball. We are a young team and it’s a process. Recently we worked on a new two-guard offense. We ran it tonight and did pretty well. We will continue to work hard, play more consistent and get better,” said Coach Hawk.