By HARRIET PROTHRO PENROD, Journal Sports
Applying a stifling third-quarter defense, the Parkway Lady Panthers cruised to a 61-15 home victory over the Acadiana Lady Rams in the first round of the LHSAA Class 5A Girls’ Basketball Playoffs Thursday night at home.
After taking a 31-8 lead into the half, Parkway (30-2) came out of the locker room and put intense pressure on Acadiana. The Lady Rams (13-13) were able to put up just one point in the third quarter.
As dominating as the Lady Panthers were, however, they hope to improve defensively before they face Zachary in the second round on Monday.
Zachary, the No. 18 seed, walloped 15th-seeded Southside 69-40 on the road in Youngsville.
Despite the lopsided outcome, second-seeded Parkway has to be better, according to the Lady Panthers’ coach.
“It seemed like we were a half-second off at the beginning of the game,” said coach Gloria Williams. “We were efficient, but, as a whole, we want to execute better defensively for the entire game. Then our offense will get going.”
Parkway’s defense after halftime was overwhelming. After three straight baskets off steals to open the fourth quarter, junior guard Mikaylah Williams put Parkway up 57-9 before heading to the bench with three minutes remaining.
The Lady Panthers had three players in double figures.
Williams, who was recently named one of five finalists for the Jersey Mike’s Naismith High School Girls Trophy for the national player of the year, finished with a game-high 22 points. She got offensive help from Savannah Wilson (13 points) and Chloe Larry (10 points).
“I think Savannah really stepped up for us,” said the Parkway coach. “Chloe did what she usually does, and ‘Lucy’ (Ty’lissa Henderson) was all over the floor.”
The Lafayette-based visitors were topped by Zoe Spain with 8 points.
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