There was little solace in the voice of interim Parkview Baptist girls basketball coach Christina Anderson after her team dropped a heart-breaking 84-82 overtime game to District 6-3A opponent University High.
“We played well, but we let that game go,” Anderson said. “They’re anxious to get out there and show the consistency in which they can play.”
Nearly a month after their last matchup University (20-7, 10-0) visits Parkview (18-10, 10-1) at 6:15 p.m. Friday, when the picture for the district championship could gain clarity, or become murky.
The two-time defending Class 3A state champion Cubs are riding a nine-game win streak and have won 18 of their past 19 games.
“I expect it to be a really good game,” U-High coach Bonita Johnson said. “We’re a little banged up, but we’ll be there for the challenge.”
In other key games involving Baton Rouge area teams Christian Life (20-4, 2-2) visits Episcopal (23-5, 3-1) in a key District 8-2A boys game, while Brusly (16-7, 6-3) travels to arch-rival Port Allen (15-9, 6-2) in a District 6-3A boys matchup.
With the elevation of its program — Parkview won its first state playoff game a year ago — the PBS-U-High series has equaled that of two playoff teams squaring off amid a boisterous backdrop at either of their home gyms.
U-High has won the past three meetings by a combined 16 points, needing a late turnover and two free throws from Chelsea Verrett with 7.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime Jan. 12.
It was in overtime when forward Destiny Ephrom scored six of her team’s 10 points en route to a career-high 38 points, while Verrett added 28.
“It’s kind of been a healthy competition because the girls have had experience playing through school or on opposite AAU teams,” Anderson said. “They see each other a lot, and there’s that sense of pride in wanting to put their best foot forward.”
While Johnson enjoyed the victory, the 82 points her team allowed was a cause for concern.
“Up tempo is our style of play, but if we play that way we can’t give up baskets defensively,” she said. “We have to make sure we’re getting back on defense as well as running the floor offensively. That’s an area we’ve been working on.”
Guard Skylar Goodwin, who averages 25 points, led a well-rounded Parkview attack in the first clash with 36 points. Stephanie Marshall added 13 points, Leah Collins 11 and Morgan Douglas 10.
The Eagles have won 11 of their last 12 games, including six straight district games by an average margin of victory of 38.5 points.
“I tried not to overemphasize this game to the girls,” Anderson said. “It’s the things we do every day that will determine what happens to us. It’s not about one game. We treat it just like another game, and we expect the outcome of a win.”