Parkway junior Claire Eichler prepares to go up for a shot Tuesday night. Crestview beat Parkway by 23 points, but Eichler had a double-double effort. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
Parkway junior Claire Eichler prepares to go up for a shot Tuesday night. Crestview beat Parkway by 23 points, but Eichler had a double-double effort. (DHI Media/ Pat Agler)
ROCKFORD — The Crestview Lady Knights took advantage of 16 offensive rebounds to beat host Parkway 50-27 Tuesday night, in non-league girls basketball action.

Although Crestview won the game fairly handily, they shot the ball at worse clip than their opponent. 31 percent from the field and 17 percent from behind the arch is never the numbers you would like to put up, but you’ll take it if they accompany a 23 point victory.

“We knocked down some shots against Fort Recovery, but tonight we didn’t hit those shots,” said the Lady Knights head coach Mark Gregory. “We did a lot of nice things, we shared the basketball well— I just would have liked to see us hit a better percentage from the outside.”

The struggles both teams had offensively Tuesday were very visible. There was two major differences in the two teams though, one was already alluded to in regards to the offensive rebounds. The other was the opportunities that Crestview created with their defense.

“Our defense set us up and got us some buckets in transition,” said Gregory. “That helped us to get the lead early on. We still missed some ‘bunnies’ early, those are things you can’t do if you want to beat really good teams.”

The first possession of the game was perhaps a trailer of what was to come. The Lady Knights missed two different 3-pointers before turning their second offensive rebound into a lay up. Crestview was 3-18 from the perimeter, but had 16 offensive rebounds to ease that. Those 16 rebounds led to 16 of the Lady Knights 50 points.

“We have to be able to keep them off the boards,” said Lady Panther head coach Linda Hawk. “I thought we made strides defensively tonight. We got a little tired there at the end, but we have to be able to keep them off the boards and protect the ball.”

Parkway, who didn’t get 10 points in a quarter until the fourth, struggled mightily offensively. They shot 32 percent from the field, which was better than their counterparts but not by a lot. The Lady Panthers lost the shot battle to Crestview, as the Lady Panthers put up 30 less shots than the visitors.

“We got to find some 0ffense,” continued Hawk. “We had 18 turnovers, which was better than what we had in the last game, but we can’t have that many turnovers and give up offensive rebounds.”

Claire Eichler had a double-double for the Lady Panthers as she put up 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Parkway takes their first loss of the season after beating Lima Perry and Mississinawa Valley, they will be back in action on Thursday in their first MAC match up of the year against Minster.

Crestview has now won back-to-back games against MAC schools after falling to Ottoville to open the season. The Lady Knights will dip their toe with their first NWC matchup Thursday against Columbus Grove.

Summary:

Crestview (2-1)|13|12|14|11

Parkway (2-1) |4| 7|6|10

Crestview:

Olivia Cunningham 11 pts, 4 reb

Lexi Gregory 11 pts, 2 reb, 6 ast

Haley Speith 7 pts, 4 reb

Lauryn Black 7 pts, 3 reb

Bailey Gregory 6 pts, 5 reb

Raegan Hammons 6 pts, 2 reb

Parkway:

Claire Eichler 10 pts, 11 reb

Elise Darrigan 6 pts

Leah Harshman 4 pts