Parkway girls repeat as tournament champs
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
In a repeat of the matchup for the 2012 girls middle school tournament basketball championship game, Parkway proved to be up to defending its tournament title.
Parkway’s girls’ basketball team went undefeated in 2012. The Patriots did not go unbeaten in 2013, but they had enough to defend their championship with a 30-26 victory over Hardin Park at Lentz-Eggers Gym Thursday.
Parkway finished the season with an overall record of 16-1, which gives them a 33-1 record over the past two years. The Patriots went into their game with Hardin Park as the co-regular season champs with the Eagles. Both teams finished with 13-1 regular-season records.
“Back-to-back, it feels good,” Parkway coach Steve Schmal said. “I have to give credit to the other seven schools. This is a tough league. There are some very good coaches and all the teams improved this year.”
The victory did not come so easily for Parkway. Hardin Park (15-2) fell behind 28-19, but scored the next seven points to pull to 28-26. The rally was sparked by a 3-pointer by Allison Quinn and fueled by a basket by Quinn and two foul shots from Alli Brown, those coming with 16.8 seconds left.
Parkway guard Brielle McKinney answered by making one out of two free throws on separate possessions to ice the victory.
“I said to the girls just play defense,” Schmal said. “We said all year long — play team ball, play good defense and let the chips fall. They played good defense. They shut their guards down and our post players boxed out and rebounded.”
McKinney led all scorers with 11 points. Cassidy Hubbard added seven while Jasmine McKinney, Alden McClure and Brooke Chiarolanzio each scored four.
Hardin Park got seven points from Katherine Stapleton and six points from Brynne Gould and Maddie Darner. Quinn scored five for the Eagles.
Parkway did not get on the scoreboard until a Jasmine McKinney basket with 3:51 left in the first quarter. Hardin Park led 6-2 at the time, and took a 9-7 lead into the second quarter.
Hardin Park went cold from the field in the second quarter. The Eagles made just one out of 13 shots in the quarter. Stapleton’s basket with seven seconds left off an offensive rebound ended the Eagles’ drought.
By then, Parkway scored six points in the quarter and took a 13-11 lead into halftime.
Parkway girls 30, Hardin Park 26
Quinn 2 0-0 5, Darner 2 2-2 6, Stapleton 3 1-4 7, Gould 3 0-0 6, Brown 0 2-2 2, Maddie Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-8 26.
J. McKinney 2 0-2 4, B. McKinney 3 4-8 11, McClure 1 2-2 4, Hubbard 3 1-2 7, Chiarolanzio 1 2-6 4. Totals 10 9-20 30.
Hardin Park 9 2 4 11 — 26
Parkway 7 6 8 9 — 30
3-point goals—Hardin Park 1 (Quinn), Parkway (B. McKinney). Total fouls—Hardin Park 18, Parkway 9.