HAUGHTON – The Parkway Panthers ended Byrd’s four-year stranglehold on the Jack Clayton Invitational boys’ title by pulling away late for a 55-46 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Haughton gym.
The Yellow Jackets led 37-35 heading into the final quarter, but the Panthers scored the first 13 points of the frame, including 3-pointers by Rob McKnight and Jason Owens, to take charge.
It was Parkway’s first tournament title in two seasons, although coach Mike Guess’s club finished second in two events last season.
“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Guess said. “But our main concern right now is continuing to make progress as a complete team. We played well, but there are still things we need to tighten up.”
Junior Terrace Marshall lit things up from the outside for the Panthers, scoring a game-high 25 points on the left wing. Owens added 12, as Parkway out-scored Byrd 20-9 in the fourth quarter.
“It was Parkway’s experience at the end against our inexperience – but they have good team,” Byrd coach Rusty Johnson said. “I lost 10 players off last year’s team, while they have everyone back except (Keondre) Wudtee.”
The Jackets were led by Phillip Stewart with 21 points.
Byrd got out to a quick 4-0 lead and led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter after a 3-pointer from Jacobe Thomas at the buzzer. Parkway finally got its first lead at 23-22 on a Marshall 3-pointer with about 3 minutes to play before half. The Panthers led 30-29 at halftime, but scored just 5 points in the third, letting the Jackets in it.
“We’ve had several players leading us so far. Terrace, Justin, Rob and Kameron (Davis) have scoring in double figures,” Guess said.
Captain Shreve girls explode past Haughton
HAUGHTON – The Captain Shreve Lady Gators exploded offensively with one of the highest scoring games of the past couple of years in winning the 2016 Jack Clayton Invitational at the Haughton gym on Saturday afternoon.
Maybe it was what they ate for lunch shortly before the 1 p.m. tilt, but the Lady Gators had their way in winning 98-33.
“I’m speechless,” Captain Shreve coach Keith Greene said. “The girls really played well together today. That’s pretty much the way they’ve been playing this season so far. We won the Logansport tournament last year, but this is our first this year.”
The offensive onslaught was led by five double-digit scorers, led by Aaliyah Stevenson and Kennedi Heard with 19 points apiece. Desyre Black added 14, while Kay Armstrong and Jalia Redd chipped in 10 apiece.
The Lady Bucs, were topped by Takaiyah Sweeney with 12 points and Champagne Davis with 10, never could find a groove against the frenetic pace set by the Captain Shreve defense.
“They are very athletic and talented,” Haughton coach Jennifer Pesnell said of the Lady Gators. “All five of them can handle the ball and all five of them can score. That puts a lot of pressure on your team.”
Shreve led from the outset leading 5-0 and 7-3 early before putting together a 14-5 run to end the first quarter and led 22-9. The Lady Gators’ win was never in doubt after that point.
“We’re just trying to play consistent game in and game out,” Greene said. “There are definitely some things we need to work on.”