Shane Merrill | Writer
Parker 8-14-8-17 47
I-W 6-11-8-7 32
Coming off an extended break, the Parker boys basketball team head to Wakonda last Tuesday night to face off against the Irene-Wakonda Eagles. The Pheasants found away to shoot through some rusty percentages, coming out victorious 47-32.
Both teams struggled to gain any composure in the first quarter, but Kaden Pesicka helped give Parker an early lead knocking down a three pointer. Cole Jurgens added two free throws while another Pesicka three had Parker out front 8-6 to end the low scoring first quarter.
Pesicka hit the first shot of the second quarter helping push the lead to four, but once again the pesky Eagles held tough, knotting things at twelve midway through the first half. Parker finally created some breathing room with eight straight points. As Pesicka and Carter Robertson buried deep three pointers while Jurgens added a lay-up inside. The Pheasants held the lead from there, up 22-17 to end the second.
Things stayed tight entering the third quarter, as the Eagles continued to match Parker point for point. Limited scoring still had Parker out front 30-25 entering the final frame.
The Pheasants finally found their spark in the fourth quarter, with Jurgens knocking down the first shot and the team continuing to roll, the inside game coupled with free throws allowed the visitors to explode for 17 points while holding I-W to just seven, going on to take the win 47-32 and improving to 9-3 on the year.
Leading Parker was Pesicka with 18 points while Jurgens had 15 points and seven rebounds. The Pheasants shot just 37 percent from the field, but held the Eagles to 30 percent. The Pheasants also won the all-important rebounding battle 30-24.
“(It) took us a little while to get going offensively” commented coach Lance Friesen. “We need to take care of the ball better. We did a good job rebounding and contesting shots, and a great defensive effort. Good win to build on down the stretch.”
Up next Parker travels to Chester on Tuesday and hosts Canistota on Thursday.