Parkway sweeps Mabel in tournament
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Parkway’s girls’ basketball team, the No. 1 seed in the middle school basketball tournament, cruised to a 32-19 victory over visiting Mabel, the eighth seed, in the first round Thursday.
Parkway got 16 points from Cassidy Hubbard and eight from Brielle McKinney. Aiden McClure added four.
Mabel got 15 points from Emma Saltman. Amanda Hicks and Lilly Morsette each scored two for the Mustangs.
Mabel led 5-4 at the end of the first quarter, but Parkway outscored the Mustangs 12-2 in the second quarter to take a 16-7 halftime lead. The Patriots enjoyed an 8-7 advantage in the third quarter and an 8-6 advantage in the fourth.
In other first-round games, No. 2 Hardin Park beat No. 7 Cove Creek 28-23, while No. 3 Bethel beat No. 6 Green Valley 34-30 and No. 4 Valle Crucis slipped past No. 5 Blowing Rock 19-17.
The semifinal games are Monday at Lentz-Eggers Gym at Watauga High School. Hardin Park plays Bethel at 4:30 p.m., which is followed by Parkway playing Valle Crucis at 5:30 p.m. The championship game is 5:30 p.m., also at Lentz-Eggers Gym.
Parkway boys 55, Mabel 27
Parkway’s boys’ basketball team pulled away from visiting Mabel to take a 55-27 victory Thursday in the first round of the middle school basketball tournament.
Parkway buried the Mustangs in the first quarter by taking an 18-6 lead. The Patriots led 35-21 by halftime after opening the second quarter with a 7-0 run.
The Patriots continued to pull away from Mabel with a 13-4 advantage in the third quarter to take a 48-25 led into the fourth quarter.
All of the Patriots scored at least one point. Michael Whitt led Parkway with 12 points, followed by Joseph Watson and Alex Marinakis, which each scored eight points.
Alex McConnell led the Mustangs with 11 points. Jonathan Koonce added 10 points.
As with the girls’ games, the boys’ games are also on Monday at Lentz-Eggers Gym at Watauga High School. No. 3 Hardin Park beat No. 6 Cove Creek 42-27, and plays Parkway at 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 seeded Valle Crucis beat No. 8 Bethel and plays No. 4 Green Valley, who beat No. 5 Blowing Rock 46-17. They’ll play at 7:30 p.m. The championship game is Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at Lentz-Eggers Gym.