Twice as nice

Sydney Berens eyes the bucket against Chester. (Photo/Shane Merrill)

Shane Merrill | Writer

Parker 21-15-14-3

Chester 4-7-5-12

CHESTER-Coming off their first win of the season Saturday afternoon against Chester, the Parker girls were set to face the Flyers just three days later in the regular season match up. Parker, which looked much crisper, cruised to their second straight win of the season, upending Chester 53-28. 

The first quarter told the story of the night for the Pheasants, who managed their best quarter of the season rattling off 21 points, thanks to a stingy press and on-point shooting from several playmakers including Cierra Mohr and Lexi Even, who tallied several lay-ups off steals. Parker wound up with a big 21-4 lead after one.

The second continued the Pheasant scoring frenzy, as Brooke and Syndey Berens also got in on the scoring fun, pushing the Parker lead to 36-11 at the half.

Parker was in cruise control from there on out, continuing to use their inside-outside game to perfection, rattling off another 14 points while holding the host team to just five. 

The subs were then brought in for the fourth quarter, and although the Flyers put together a run it was too little too late as Parker took the victory 53-28, winning their second in a row.

Leading Parker was Even and Mohr who totaled 15 points each.  The Pheasants out shot the Flyers 44 percent to 35 percent and connected on 4-10 free throws while the Flyers went 0 of 2. 

“Having played Chester on Saturday, I was really proud of the way our girls followed the game plan strategies we had as a team,” remarked coach Kennedy Wagner. “We knew that we needed to stop their inside game and pressure the basketball. The first quarter that was our main focus. Even though Chester is down a few players, we prepared like every person they had would be playing and that helped up with our drive from the beginning of the game. Our energy was great tonight, and that’s what makes the game so much fun.”

Up next the Pheasants looked to make it three in a row against Canistota.

Canistota escapes Lady Pheasants

Parker 10-17-15-11-8

Canistota 13-13-9-18-14

PARKER-Fresh off two victories, the Parker girls were set to face Canistota, eyeing their third straight in as many games. The Pheasants nearly did just that, although late shots from the Hawks were just enough to edge the Pheasants 67-61 in overtime.

Early on everyone knew they would get treated to an exciting back and forth match up, as both teams battled for control. Canistota raced out to a 4-0 lead before Rayna Mohr buried a three and pulled the Pheasants within 4-3. The Hawks went on another run going up 9-3, but shots from Cierra Mohr had Parker within 9-7 late in the quarter. Canistota held on and led 13-10 after one.

The Pheasants took their first lead early in the second quarter as Lexi Even and Brooke Berens had Parker up 14-13 in the opening minutes. Canistota grabbed the lead right back, and led up until the final seconds when a Sydney Berens free throw and Janae Olson lay up had Parker up 27-26 at the half.

The Hawks continued the back and forth in the third quarter, going up one on the first shot of the quarter, but back came Parker who took a four point lead off shots from Even and Mohr. The Pheasants expanded the advantage to 39-34 off a Rayna Mohr three late in the quarter and Parker held from there up 42-35 after three.

Canistota managed the first three buckets of the fourth quarter, pulling back within one, but the Pheasants didn’t fold, as Even hit a shot late to push Parker to a 53-50 advantage. It then appeared the Pheasants may be safe for victory, but a late three points for the visitors was enough to send the game to overtime 53-53.

The Hawks grabbed the first lead of overtime, but Rayna Mohr dumped in another three on the opposite end, giving Parker a 56-55 lead. That was the final time the Pheasants would lead in the extra quarters, as Canistota went on to win 67-61.

Parker had three players in double figures on the night, led by Rayna Mohr with 16, Even with 12 and Cierra Mohr with 11. Parker shot 35 percent from the field, but were hurt on free throws, going only 9 of 26 from the stripe. 

Up next Parker was set to face Viborg-Hurley, before returning home Saturday, Feb. 15 for Sioux Valley.

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