Shane Merrill | Writer
Parker 13-9-15-22 59
Garretson 16-15-12-13 26
GARRETSON-The Parker girls headed to Garretson last Tuesday, looking to face off against the Blue Dragons in another regular season conference match up. The Blue Dragons were the favorite, but with some grit and key shots, Parker was able to knock off Garretson and pick up a signature win just before the regional tournament begins.
Parker grabbed the first lead of the night as Cierra Mohr drained a long three pointer on the first possession putting the Pheasants up 3-0. Garretson then went to work, scoring eight straight, before five more from Mohr had both teams knotted at eight with four minutes to go in the quarter. It was back and forth from there with each team trading blows, but the host Blue Dragons held the advantage 16-13 after one.
Lexi Even hit the first shot of the second quarter pulling Parker back within one, but once again Garretson held an advantage, and even extended the lead with a Parker offensive drought, going up 31-22 at the half.
The Lead extended 11 in the third quarter before Parker finally came to life. Even and Mohr hit back to back shots to pull the Pheasants back within striking distance with each team trading buckets through the quarter, with Parker trailing 43-37 going into the final frame.
Rayna Mohr drained the first basket of the final quarter, but it was freshman Terryn Fuller who buried a three pointer in the opening minute that pulled Parker within one, 43-42 and seemed to help light a spark, as just seconds later Brooke Berens hit a lay up to give Parker their first lead of the half, 46-45.
Five straight Cierra Mohr points gave the Pheasants some breathing room, pushing the lead to 53-47 with four minutes left, and somehow Parker found a way, with senior Rayna Mohr hitting two big free throws with five seconds left to keep the lead at three for the Pheasants. Even was also credited with several late steals that helped seal the win, handing Parker their third win of the season 59-56.
Leading Parker was Cierra Mohr with a monster 23 points, while Even had 13. Even also totaled six steals and seven rebounds.
The Pheasants out shot the Blue Dragons, hitting 38 percent of their shots, while holding Garretson to 35 percent. Parker also edged the rebounding battle 59-56.
“Garretson has some really great players. We knew going into the game we needed to shut down Olson. Alexis Even came out strong for us during the game defensively and caused turnovers on their guards, which limited post touches for Olson. She also did a great job of handling their press,” remarked head coach Kennedy Wagner. “The girls did a great job of communicating where Olson was at all times. Paityn DeBoer and Shelby Lang did a great job of communicating and rebounding down low. Cierra Mohr came out and hit some big shots for us in the beginning of the game, as well as her sister, Rayna Mohr knocking in two free throws at the end of the game for us. Overall as a team, I am proud of our effort, attitude, and energy, we came ready to play. We never gave up the entire game and that shows a lot about our character and hardworking mentality. Garretson is a great team and well coached.”
Titans topple Pheasants
Parker 3-11-11-10 35
Tea 25-16-15-8 64
TEA-Hot off a big win against Garretson, the Parker girls were back in action last week facing off against the one of the largest ‘A’ schools in the state, the Tea Titans. Parkers struggled in the first quarter, but were able to keep pace in the next three, albeit on their way to defeat.
The first quarter was a tough one for the Pheasants, who struggled both offensively and defensively. The Titans grabbed a quick lead and were off to the races, outscoring the Pheasants 25-3 after one.
Parker finally found some offense in the second quarter, scoring 11, but Tea continued to lead 41-14 at the half.
Shelby Lang and Cierra Mohr opened the third quarter with back-to-back buckets. The scoring continued as the Pheasants made it to the line for several free throws, still trailing 56-25 after three.
Small victories are especially crucial when David battles Goliath, and the fourth quarter was no different. The Pheasants manage to outscore the Titans in the fourth quarter as shots from Mohr, Lang and Lexi Even continued to fall, giving Parker a quarter edge of 10-8. Small victories aside, the Pheasants fell in the contest 64-35.
Leading Parker was Cierra Mohr with 11 while Lang had 10 points and eight rebounds.
“Tea has some really good shooters on their team, we knew going into the game we had to stop Ritter and Conrad. Even though we had a rough start in the first quarter, I thought our team played with hustle and hard work the rest of the quarters,” said coach Kennedy Wagner. “We hung with them evenly for three quarters. I was really proud of the girls.”