Pheasants topple Baltic for early season win

 Shane Merrill | Sports

The Parker girls basketball team put together a solid first quarter and was able to hold on for an early season 46-44 win over conference rival Baltic last Tuesday night in Parker. The Pheasants ruled the first quarter, quickly grabbing a 14-2 lead and going up 17-9 lead after one. Both teams scored nine in the second quarter, as Ellie Travnicek and Lexi Even helped the Pheasants to a 26-18 half time lead.

The Bulldogs roared to life in the third quarter, knotting the game at 32-32, but a late gasp of offensive life proved just enough, as made free throws sealed the win for Parker, 46-44 and evening their record at 1-1.

Even posted 17 points for Parker while Travnicek had 12. Janae Olson also had seven rebounds. 

“I am really proud of our efforts tonight,” said coach Kennedy Wagner. “These girls moved the basketball well on offense and defensively we did a great job of battling for rebounds. Individually I saw some amazing things tonight. Ellie Travnicek did a great job coming off the bench for us, being that spark offensively and defensively. Parker Lessman came off the bench hitting some clutch free throws down the stretch for us. Hope Larson, Alexis Even, and Anna Reiffenberger did an excellent job of playing smart and keeping our composure on offense. Attacking the rim and understanding a good shot from a great shot. Janae Olson worked her tail off in the post grabbing rebounds and sealing inside to make their posts exhausted. I could go down the line, but I am so proud of the way these girls played together and understand their role, I am excited for the big things ahead this season.”

Parker next traveled to Elk Point.

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