Parker girls’ back in action

Cierra Mohr eyes a layup with a Chester defender close behind (Photo/Shane Merrill)

Shane Merrill | Writer

Parker           11-5-8-5    29

IW            15-15-17-12    59

WAKONDA – The Parker girls basketballs squad faced off against the Irene-Wakonda Eagles recently. The Pheasants put up a valiant fight, but in the end the Eagles were too much for Parker to overcome, taking the win 59-29.

Both teams battled for control in the first quarter, and the Pheasants had momentum for most of it. Shelby Lang scored first for Parker, and helped the Pheasants to a 3-0 lead,  back came the Eagles and both teams traded buckets up to 8-8. A Rayna Mohr three once again had the Pheasants within striking distance, but the Eagles answered just before the buzzer, leading 15-11 after one.

The host team cranked up the defense from there, allowing just five points in the second quarter, coming from Lexi Even and Anna Reiffenberger early in the quarter. I-W led at the half 30-16.

The third quarter saw the Pheasants score eight, as shots from Even and Terryn Fuller rained down, but once again the Eagles went on a scoring frenzy leading 47-24 after three.

Parker never recovered in the fourth quarter with I-W going on to take the win 59-29.

Leading Parker was Rayna Mohr with eight and Fuller with five. 

Next up Parker headed for the BEC tournament.

#1 MCM wins opener

Parker       7-10-5-20      42

MCM     12-20-19-18     69

BERESFORD-The Parker girls basketball team headed to Beresford last weekend for the first two games of the BEC tournament. The Pheasants, seeded eighth matched up against McCook Central/Montrose in their first game of the tournament, and although their scoring improved, the Cougars were able to run past Parker and send the Pheasants into the consolation round.

All things considered the Pheasants played a solid game, hanging with the number one seed and even winning one quarter.

The Pheasants held tough in the first quarter, even trading buckets with MCM early on. Shots from Cierra Mohr and Lexi Even helped the Pheasants stay within striking distance, trailing 12-7 after one.

The second saw the Fighting Cougars outscore Parker 20-10, but even so the Pheasants hung tough, and trailed 32-17 entering the half.

Into the third quarter MCM went on a scoring run, as the Pheasants could only muster five points. The final quarter was one of the best of the season, as the Pheasants not only matched the Cougars point for point, but late buckets actually gave Parker a 20-18 fourth quarter advantage, and although a loss, saw several small improvements.

“We played hard tonight. We have been focusing on little goals where we see improvement, such as playing together as a team and I think we accomplished that small step tonight,” commented coach Kennedy Wagner.  “Cierra Mohr did a great job of getting us to the line being aggressive offensively. Alexis Even did a great job of pushing the basketball for us tonight. Defensively, we did a great job of playing straight up on their girls inside. MCM does a great job of moving the basketball and their inside outside game is hard to guard. I’m proud of the way our team played tonight.”

Leading Parker was Even with 13 points while Mohr had 11. Even also led the rebounding effort with nine.

Up next Parker saw Sioux Valley in the consolation semifinals. 

Sioux Valley nips Parker

Parker                         13-10-11-14      48

Sioux Valley                16-14-8-12      50

BERESFORD-In what was arguably their best game so far this season, the Parker girls team faced off against conference foe Sioux Valley in the consolation semifinals last Friday in Beresford. The Pheasants had not met the Cossacks yet this season, but in stunning fashion saw a late run nearly wipe out the favorites, losing 50-48 in a thriller. 

The first two minutes may have been the difference down the stretch for the Pheasants, who started out in a 10-2 hole. Parker worked to claw back to life as Rayna Mohr buried a three and Lexi Even dropped in two free throws, pulling Parker within three, 10-7. The Pheasants kept clawing and eventually worked to a 13-13 tie with under 50 seconds to go, but the Cossacks played the clock perfectly, taking 16-13 lead after one.

The Pheasants finally took their first lead in the second half after working to an 18-18 tie.  Shots from freshman Terryn Fuller and Janae Olson fell pushing the Parker lead to 22-18. The rally was short lived as back to back trips resulted in threes for Sioux Valley, as the Cossacks took a 30-23 lead into the half.

Entering the third the Cossacks were able to expand their lead to eight, but the Pheasants went to work, with Cierra and Rayna Mohr pouring in five points late in the quarter and pulling Parker back within striking distance 38-34 after three.

Shelby Lang opened the final quarter with a bucket for Parker, with the Pheasants down just two points, but once again Sioux Valley made a run, with back to back three’s pushing the lead to eight. The Pheasants could never fully recover as the lead stretched to nine with three minutes to go. A  late Rayna Mohr three pulled Parker back within four points with 30 seconds to go. Late shots for the Pheasants were off the mark, but free throws from Mohr just before the buzzer fell, pulling Parker within two 50-48 as time expired. 

Leading Parker were the duo of Cierra and Rayna Mohr totaling 11 points each. Even also had six points and Janae Olson five. 

The Pheasants shot 29 percent and held the Cossacks to 34 percent, connecting on just 10 of 18 free throws.

“Sioux Valley is a young team just like we are. I was really proud of the way our girls played defense tonight,” said coach Kennedy Wagner after the hard fought game. “They took pride with finding their best shooters/players and communicated well on where they were at all times, we limited their touches. Our bench did a great job of that too, they were communicating and pointing where their best players were at all times. Offensively, we did a great job of staying patient and getting open looks. Our effort was great and we are learning a lot with every game.”

Up next Parker faced Chester in the seventh place game eyeing their first win of the season.

Drought ended-Parker
girls topple Chester

Parker          12-11-12-14          49

Chester               12-9-2-7         30

SALEM-The season’s long drought is finally over. The Parker girls, who hadn’t won a game since last season pulled off a win last week, toppling long time foe Chester in a fun game that found the Pheasants in control for the bulk of the contest. 

The Pheasants, who had been playing better as of late, used their inside-outside game to perfection, while their guards caused problems for Chester’s offense all night.

It was in fact Chester who got the day rolling in the BEC tournament, knocking down their first shot to go up 2-0.  That didn’t seem to phase the Pheasants, who quickly rattled off back-to-back buckets from Rayna and Cierra Mohr, going up 4-2 early. Both teams traded leads from there but it was late shots from Brooke Berens and Lexi Even that had the Pheasants and Flyers tied 12-12 after one.

Sydney Berens helped give the lead right back to Parker in the second quarter and the Pheasants never trailed again. Both teams worked to a 17-17 tie, but Janae Olson, Brooke Berens and Cierra Mohr pushed the lead to 23-17, with the Pheasants holding on to a 23-21 lead at the half.

Rayna Mohr kicked off the scoring in the third quarter drilling a three pointer to push the lead to five. It was off to the races from there as Brooke Berens continued to dominate the paint inside helping push the Parker lead to 35-23 after three. 

Parker continued to push ahead in the fourth quarter as shot after shot continued to fall, while Lexi Even and Cierra Mohr kept the Chester offense at bay with several steals resulting in lay ups. Seven straight points helped Parker to a 44-25 lead with five minutes to play, and with two minutes to go and the Pheasants up 22, the benches were cleared for both squads resulting in a celebration for the Parker players and faithful as the Pheasants picked up their first win 49-30.

Leading Parker was Brooke Berens with 13 points while Cierra Mohr had 10,  Even nine and Rayna Mohr seven. The Pheasants shot their best percentage of the season, connecting on 40 percent of their shots however only hitting 11 of 26 from the free throw line. Rebounding was nearly identical with Parker taking a 22-21 edge. 

“Chester has a really good post inside game. We knew going in to this game we would have to put up a good physical fight inside,” remarked coach Kennedy Wagner.  “Our team played smart and continued to make passing difficult on the defensive end. Offensively we were patient and Brooke Berens ran the floor well for us tonight. She created scoring opportunity inside, which gave our guards opportunities to get some good looks. With this being the first win on the year for us, it was really good to the smiles on the girls’ faces.”

Up next the Pheasants get another shot at the Flyers on Tuesday night and will look to get something rolling as they cross the midway point in the season.

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