Trent Rollins of Parkway takes the ball up against Kohen Cox of Lincolnview on Saturday night. (DHI Media/Hanna Young)
Trent Rollins of Parkway takes the ball up against Kohen Cox of Lincolnview on Saturday night. (DHI Media/Hanna Young)

ROCKFORD — Wins have been hard to come by for Parkway and Lincolnview this season. The result was a close, exciting, hard-fought Saturday night battle won by the Panthers 38-35. Parkway is now 5-10, Lincolnview 1-14.

Parkway led 29-28 after three. The fourth quarter was a slow-paced back-and-forth affair with each team continuing to patiently probe the opponent’s tight zone defense. There were four lead changes during those eight minutes.

Lancer sophomore Kreston Tow bounced in a well-defended 12-foot straightaway jumper to grab the lead back 30-29 with 7:12 left. Panther sophomore Brayden Bruns drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to lead 32-30, and his classmate Trevor Stearns then stole the ball, was fouled, and hit the first of two free throws — 33-30, Parkway, with 6:14 on the clock.

Tow drove the baseline for a layup, and junior Cal Evans drilled a trey from the right wing to grab a 35-33 lead at 4:00. However, Parkway junior Trent Rollins swished a huge three from the right corner at 2:41 to get a 36-35 lead for the home team. A Lincolnview turnover converted to a layup by junior Landon May (assist by sophomore Trevor Stearns), and it was 38-35, Panthers, with 1:05 left.

Lincolnview turned it over twice, sending Parkway to the line two times with a chance to cinch it, but the Panthers missed both of those front ends, which gave the visitors a chance to even it up with 30 seconds left. Parkway, however, had four fouls to spare and used them all to eat up the clock until there were only 2.5 seconds left. Lincolnview got off a well-covered NBA-range fall-away shot at the buzzer, but it bounced off of the rim.

Lincolnview won the first quarter 11-6 as its active 2-3 zone frustrated the Panthers.

Parkway started the second quarter with a 9-2 run to lead 15-13, but Tow answered with a 3-pointer and two free throws to get the lead back at 18-15. Rollins muscled in a layup, but junior Cal Evans swished a straightaway three at 0:27 to lead 21-17, which is where it stood at the half.

The third quarter was a tale of two runs. Parkway started it with 12 straight points and seemed to be taking control with a 29-21 lead and 3:53 on the clock. However, Lincolnview answered with seven straight (triple by junior Austin Bockrath, layup by senior Kohen Cox, eight-foot in-bounds alley-oop by Bockrath) to get the Lancers within 29-28 going into the fourth.

Field goal shooting stats were nearly identical for the two teams. Both were at 42 percent overall — 14 of 33 for Lincolnview, 13 of 31 for Parkway. From long range, each team drained five of them — Lincolnview on 12 tries (42 percent), Parkway on 15 attempts (33 percent).

There were, however, significant differences in free throws, rebounds, and turnovers.

The Lancers shot only three free throws, landing two (67 percent), while the Panthers shot 12, hitting seven (58 percent). Lincolnview had a 23-15 edge on the boards but committed 16 turnovers compared to Parkway’s nine.

Cox’s layup accounted for the only points scored by a senior in the game. Tow, Evans, and Bockrath scored the other 33 Lancer points, 11 apiece.

Rollins had a stellar night for Parkway — 17 points on 6-of-9 field goal shooting and 2-of-2 from the stripe. Stearns was next in line with seven.

Lincolnview was playing without starting junior Reide Jackson, out with an ankle injury.

Box score

LV 11 10 7 7 - 35

PW 6 11 12 9 - 38

Lincolnview (35)

Kreston Tow 4-10 2-2 11, Cal Evans 4-10 0-0 11, Austin Bockrath 5-9 0-0 11, Kohen Cox 1-2 0-1 2, Wyatt Friedrich 0-1 0-0 0, Jared Jessee 0-1 0-0 0, Holden Price 0-0 0-0 0, Chayse Overholt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-33 2-3 35.

Parkway (38)

Trevor Stearns 2-5 3-6 7, Fletcher Smith 1-4 0-1 2, Caiden Berry 2-7 0-1 5, Trent Rollins 6-9 2-2 17, Bryce Stearns 0-0 0-0 0, Brayden Bruns 1-4 0-0 3, Landon May 1-2 2-2 4, Ethan Pond 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-31 7-12 38.

3-point shooting: LV 5/12 (Evans 3, Tow, Bockrath), PW 5/15 (Rollins 3, Berry, Bruns). Rebounding: LV 23, PW 15. Turnovers: LV 16, PW 9. Fouls: LV 15, PW 11.

JV score: PW 47, LV 36