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12-03-03: Panthers get first win of season


ROCKFORD — If last night is any indication, then this year’s Parkway girls’ basketball squad might be able to turn a few heads this season.
Parkway knocked off Wayne Trace 59-47, thanks in large part to a strong defensive effort.
The Panthers still have a few kinks to work out on the offensive side, but it’s already evident that this year’s squad is playing with more defensive intensity compared to a year ago.
Amanda Jutte helped jump-start the Panthers early with a pair of steals for easy layups in the first quarter, the second of which put the Panthers up 13-6.
Parkway forced seven Raiders turnovers in the first quarter to help build the lead.
Emily Snyder also had a strong start inside for Parkway, as she scored six points while pulling down nine rebounds in a solid first 16 minutes.
“Offensively we played better as far as trying to move the ball, we still forced some passes but we’re starting to understand a little bit better on that side of the floor,” said Parkway coach Jeff Marbaugh.
In the second quarter the Panthers were able to extend their lead to 27-15 when Cassie Steinbrunner scored two of her six points, but Wayne Trace ended the second quarter with a flurry to only trail by six at the half.
Wayne Trace got as close as two in the third quarter on a Nicole Sisson bucket, but Parkway was able to answer every Raiders run.
After the Sisson bucket, Parkway rattled off nine straight points which ended with a Jayme Marbaugh jumper.
Marbaugh and Amy Harner both did a nice job handling the point, as Marbaugh scored nine points with six rebounds, while the duo combined for eight assists.
“There were a few points in the game where they made good runs at us, and when we’d get in a little bit of a hurry,” coach Marbaugh said. “Those are the times we sort of forced (passes) and they came back (Continued from page 1B)
and scored. We collected ourselves at least and we made a few plays to put us back up. I told the kids that’s the difference between winning and losing.”
The Raiders drew within four midway through the fourth quarter, but a Jutte steal that led to a basket and a foul extended the lead right back to seven.
“If there’s a run you need to come back down and answer that run a little bit and keep your lead,” coach Marbaugh said. “Keep your composure and keep playing through it, we did that and stretched our defense. I thought they picked up themselves defensively after those short runs and that helped us play offense.”
Parkway’s defense was solid all night as it forced 25 turnovers and held Wayne Trace to 17-of-61 (27 percent) shooting from the field.
“The size of Parkway wasn’t allowing us to go to certain places on the floor and get our offense started, all in all the physical size just wore us down,” said Wayne Trace coach Gus Davis.
The Panthers also won the rebound battle 37 to 30.
“So far we’ve played our 1-2-2 and we’re starting to understand how I’d like them to play it, and they played it well,” Marbaugh said.
In Parkway’s three games they’ve allowed an average of 44.3 points per game.
Jutte finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while grabbing four rebounds and four steals.
Snyder finished with 13 points and 10 boards while Tiffany Steinbrunner contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
Sisson led Wayne Trace with 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting.
Both squads now stand at 1-2.


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