|Blue Jays top Parkway 48-39 in MAC opener|
|Friday, December 07, 2012 2:15 PM|
St. John’s is 3-2 overall, Parkway 0-4.
This was no mismatch, the outcome in doubt until the last two minutes of the game. The Jays had things seemingly in hand at 41-26 with the clock ticking down to end the third quarter, at which point things got really interesting.
Parkway’s Kylie Snyder heaved one in from just beyond half court at the buzzer to make it 41-29 after three.
The Jays’ first three baskets of the second quarter were all treys by Recker, then Rebekah Fischer capped it off with one of her own at 0:30 to give the home team a 27-18 halftime lead. Snyder muscled in a layup with 4:53 left in the third period to cut the margin to 32-26 but Delphos scored the next nine in a row, the last three on a Recker bomb from out front, to lead 41-26.
Then the Panthers extended that to a 9-0 run with buckets from Sierra Fent (18-footer from straight away), Cami Hellwarth (defensive rebound and coast-to-coast layup) and Snyder (breakaway layup, assist to Fent).
Although some fans may have been surprised at Parkway’s competitiveness, Blue Jay coach Dan J. Grothouse was not.
“Defensively, I thought we did a nice job,” said Parkway coach Lynn Hughes. “We’ve been struggling with rebounding and I thought we rebounded a lot better tonight. That Recker kid -- she hit five threes. A couple of times I thought we had a hand in her face and she still hit it. There’s not much you can do about that -- that’s just the way it is. I thought the kids really got after it defensively, got some big steals -- we just need to convert more of them.”
Parkway outshot St. John’s from the field 40 percent (18-of-45) to 34 percent (16-of-47) but seven of the Blue Jay buckets were from long range. Delphos was stellar from the line -- 90 percent (9-of-10) -- while the Panthers were only there four times, hitting two. Parkway won the board battle 25-23 but had one more turnover, 18-17.
“Their defense is tough to get through if you’re not patient against it,” added Grothouse. “And I thought we executed pretty well. We had good stretches where we moved the ball without a dribble and got some good shots inside. It was a hard-fought game in the MAC. Whenever you play on Thursday night, it’s gonna be a tough ballgame.”
“At times I thought the offense looked good,” added Hughes. “I thought we got the ball inside and scored inside. At times our running game looked good but there was a stretch there in the third quarter where we turned it over five straight times. You can’t do that and win ball games. I thought we did everything well tonight, except for taking care of the basketball. I feel like we’ve taken a step forward every game and I think we’re going to be competitive.
The visitors had balanced scoring from Snyder (13), Fent (12) and Hellwarth (8). The St. John’s scoring was even more balanced -- Recker (17), Fischer (10), Katie Vorst (10) and Sydney Fischbach (8). In somewhat of an oddity, however, only two of the five Jay starters (Recker and Vorst) scored at all.
The Jays (3-2), led by Colleen Schulte’s 10 points, won the junior varsity game 29-27. Whitney Rollins scored 10 for Parkway (0-4).