Shane Merrill | Writer
Parker 9-6-6-11 32
Freeman 14-11-12-10 47
FREEMAN — The Parker girls basketball team traveled to Freeman last Tuesday night to tango with the Flyers.
Over the past several years the teams have went back and forth, but this night it was the Flyers who found themselves on the winning end, although it wasn’t without a stout fight from the Pheasants
Both teams battled for control in the first quarter with Parker striking first off a Lexi Even lay-up, adding two more just minutes later keeping the Pheasants out front 4-2. Sydney Berens and Shelby Lang also got in on the scoring, pushing the lead to 9-6, but Freeman rallied back scoring the final eight points and going up 14-9 after one.
The Flyers managed to push the lead to 18-9 early in the second quarter before Rayna Mohr dropped a three-pointer to give the Pheasants some life. Freeman once again went on a run to take a 22-12 lead in the final minutes, but shots from Berens and Mohr continued to fall, pulling Parker within seven, but a late shot from the home team pushed the lead to 25-15 at the half.
Breana Jensen dropped in the first shot of the third quarter, draining a three to make it a single digit lead for Freeman, but the Flyers controlled things the rest of the quarter going up 37-21 to end the third.
Parker never did recover in the fourth quarter, managing to pull within 14, but it was too little too late as Freeman went on to take the win 47-32.
Leading Parker was Mohr with 12 points while Berens and Even had six. Berens also grabbed six rebounds. The Pheasants shot 26 percent from the field while holding Freeman to 39 percent. The rebounding battle was nearly even with the Flyers grabbing 40 while Parker had 38.
Hanson escapes Lady Pheasants
Parker 9-12-5-10 36
Hanson 15-13-16-19 63
PARKER — Perennial powerhouse Hanson traveled to Parker last Thursday night to face off against the Parker girls. The Pheasants were still searching for their first win, and although a valiant first half effort had Parker close, the Beavers managed to rally past the host team in the second half, holding Parker to 15 points.
The first three minutes were not kind to the Lady Pheasants, as the Beavers rallied ahead 8-0. After regrouping Parker finally started to get something going, as Cierra Mohr and Lexi Even pulled Parker within six.
Back came Hanson expanding their lead to 11 late in the quarter before Paityn DeBoer and Rayna Mohr closed out the quarter on a five point run, keeping Parker within striking distance down 15-9 after one.
The Pheasants had an even better second quarter scoring 12, and holding Hanson to 13.
Cierra Mohr continued to light things up from long range helping keep the Pheasants close, trailing just 28-21 at the half.
Hanson made a big run in the third quarter, allowing just five Pheasant points, and essentially shutting the door. That run continued in the fourth, rattling off another 19 and holding Parker to 10, going on to take the win 63-36.
Cierra Mohr led Parker with 13 points while Rayna Mohr had six.
The Pheasants shot an improved 31 percent from the field, but the Beavers went off hitting at a 54 percent clip.
“As a team, defensively I see us making progress every game,” said coach Kennedy Wagner. “Offensively we need to limit our turnovers. We continue to make progress every game. Overall, I was impressed with our energy and effort as a team. We are learning more and more with every game.”
Parker will now have a long break, and will be back in action Tuesday, Jan. 28 against Irene-Wakonda.