A 16-0 second-quarter run helped Parkview sink Smith-Cotton 47-34 in the first round of the Smith-Cotton McDonald’s Classic on Thursday at the S-C gym.
“I thought we could weather the storm,” said Smith-Cotton coach Zach Vandevender.
Pacing the run was Parkview forward Aubrey Buckley, who scored 14 of her 23 points in the second quarter. Buckley entered the game averaging 21 points but was held to three first quarter points — all from the free-throw line. Even with Parkview trying to work the ball into the low post for her, Smith-Cotton held her in check with Elena Sharp posting up with her and Megan Lollis often coming down to help on the double team.
“In that first quarter we came out with a game plan for her and she came out with three points the first quarter,” Vandevender said. “That second quarter we got in some foul trouble and she could run the floor and we kind of got tired there at the end of the second quarter. She’s a good player. She came out and played well.”
Buckley opened the game going 4 of 8 from the free-throw line with no buckets from the field. But early in the second quarter she got a putback off of a missed 3-pointer. Later she converted a 3-point play to tie the game at 14, then hit a 3-pointer to put Parkview in the lead for the first time. She finished off the half with another 3-point play and a jumper to make it 27-14 Parkview at the break.
Smith-Cotton was hurt by six turnovers during Parkview’s run. The Lady Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the game.
“We were prepared for their press,” Vandevender said. “There were some turnovers that were costly there. You’ve got to set solid screens and wait on the screens and come off and catch.”
Other than the second quarter, Smith-Cotton played Parkview to a draw. The teams were tied 8-8 after one quarter, Smith-Cotton outscored the Lady Vikings 12-10 in the third and were outscored 10-8 in the fourth.
Smith-Cotton was also hurt by shooting 12 for 42 from the field (29 percent) and going 0 for 7 from 3-point range. The Lady Tigers did go 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
It was free throws that helped the Lady Tigers get out to an early lead with half of Smith-Cotton’s first quarter points coming from the charity stripe. With the score tied at 2 midway through the first, a Parkview player was called for a technical foul. Sharp knocked down both free throws and Jack Greer hit a jumper on the ensuing possession to make it 6-2. After a Parkview miss, the Lady Tigers pushed the ball up the court and Abby Knight hit a layup to make it 8-2.
Parkview scored the next six points to tie the game at the end of one frame, but Smith-Cotton retook the lead early in the second quarter on baskets inside by Sharp and Greer. Sharp scored another basket a few minutes later to make it 14-11, but Parkview went on the big run after that and Smith-Cotton never led again.
In the third quarter, the teams traded baskets with Knight getting the lead down to 10 with a 3-point play to make it 33-23.
Smith-Cotton got the Parkview lead back to single digits when Sharp hit a jumper to make it 41-32 with 5:07 left, but Parkview’s Tyra Moore answered with a 3-pointer on the Lady Vikings’ next possession to get the lead back to 12.
Sharp led Smith-Cotton with 17 points. Moore added 13 points for Parkview.
The Lady Tigers (8-8) will face Kansas City Southwest Early College Campus in the consolation semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Southwest fell to Nixa 75-18 on Thursday. Sophomore guard Kyessence Collins scored 16 points for Southwest. The teams met on Dec. 13 with S-C winning 62-4.
S-C CLASSIC: Southwest (KC) at Smith-Cotton
4:30 p.m. Friday in consolation semifinal