The University High and Parkview Baptist girls put on a show the boys matchup of the same two schools couldn’t top in a District 6-3A basketball doubleheader Tuesday.
The girls game needed an overtime period before U-High held on for an 84-82 victory.
Parkview’s slowdown strategy kept the boys game close for a quarter, but U-High pulled away from the outmanned Eagles 76-34 in the nightcap.
U-HIGH GIRLS 84, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 82 (0T): The girls weren’t shy about shooting the ball in the opener, and run and shoot they did for a wild four quarters and one overtime before the Cubs escaped with an 84-82 win. Neither team led by more than six points.
“Fans love to see offense, but coaches like to see more defense,” U-High coach Bonita Johnson said. “I’d call this game a lot of running and a little bit of defense. You have to transition from offense to defense, and to do that you have to get stops. We didn’t get many stops (Tuesday night).”
Destiny Ephrom led the offensive show for U-High (14-7, 4-0 in district) with 38 points, including six of her team’s 10 points in overtime. Chelsea Verrett followed with 28, dropping in two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime and adding two more points in overtime.
“Destiny had an amazing game,” Johnson said. “She’s been playing like that since Thanksgiving,ever since she’s figured out that nobody can stop her but herself.”
Parkview (12-10, 4-1)had four players in double figures, led by Skyler Goodwin with 36. Stephanie Marshall failed to score in the first half, but came back with 13 in the second half, including a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the third quarter and three straight two-point shots that put the Eagles ahead 67-62 in the fourth quarter.
Leah Collins had nine first-half points and 11 for the game, and Morgan Douglas finished with 10.
“Leah Collins did a good job down low (Tuesday night),” Parkview coach Jessica Shelton said. “But we needed to pick up the defensive intensity.
We came here for a win, and we didn’t lose the game — we gave it away. We know what we did wrong, and we’ll fix it.”
Parkview capitalized on seven turnovers by the Cubs to go up 14-10, but an 11-1 U-High put them up by six before a last-second shot by Douglas made the score 21-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Skylar Goodwin went on a scoring spree for the Eagles in the second quarter, scoring 10 points, mostly on layups. Chelsea Verrett kept U-High close with eight points, but the momentum swung back to Parkview, which led 38-35 at halftime.
U-High led by as many as five in the second half, but Goodwin had a 3-point play and two free throws to put the Eagles up 72-70 before Verrett’s free throws sent the game into overtime.
U-HIGH BOYS 76, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 34. Parkview slowed the game down, looking for nothing but layups or wide open jumpers to open the game, and it trailed 12-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Then the U-High defense kicked in, creating turnovers and forcing the Eagles to play catch up, and the Cubs were on their way to a comfortable win.
Behind the inside play of Wayde Sims and the outside shooting of Jaylen Johnson, U-High (14-3, 2-0) stretched the lead to 39-14 at halftime and 65-18 after three quarters before the reserves finished up.
“I thought Parkview did a good job of slowing us down and play a different style of game,” U-High coach Joe Spencer said. “I was pleased that we didn’t panic and adjusted well. Our man defense was pretty good, and we went to a little trap that helped us out.”
Sims finished with 23 points, Johnson with 19 and Spencer Mays with 12. Oddyst Walker tallied 10 for Parkview (10-6, 1-2).
followed by Tyler Williamson with eight.