KVA Standings as of February 23, 2004
Team Wins Losses K. Christian 9 1 Paw Paw 9 2 Pennfield 6 5 Parchment 5 5 Delton 5 5 Hackett 2 8 G-A 0 10
Gazette Area Prep Basketball Ratings
Prep Basketball Scoring Leaders
POINTS PER GAME
3-POINT FIELD GOALS
2003-2004 Parchment Varsity Basketball Game #18
NOTE: The stats below were taken from the Kalamazoo Gazette
Player Pts #11 2 #13 9 #15 0 #21 6 #23 7 #25 0 #31 4 #33 16 #35 1 #41 - #43 0
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Saturday, February 28, 2004
Steve Herder is Kalamazoo Christian's latest secret weapon. And if he keeps raining in 3-pointers like he did Friday night in Parchment's gym and last Saturday against Hackett Catholic Central, he won't be a secret much longer. Herder, a slender 6-foot junior with a rainbow southpaw shot from deep in the corner, connected on four triples in the first half, added another in the third quarter and totaled a career-high 19 points in the Comets' convincing 78-45 basketball win over Parchment. Thanks to Herder's outside sharpshooting, the inside work of Jon Cooper, Nate Veenstra and the inside-outside play of Matt Triemstra, Christian clinched at least a share of the Kalamazoo Valley Association championship.
The Comets are 10-1 in the KVA and need a win over Delton next Friday to clinch an outright championship. Christian is 14-4 overall, while Parchment is 8-10 and 5-6. "That's my favorite spot," Herder said. "I was on tonight. Coach always gives me the green light if I've got a good shot and I'm set. "One of the keys for me hitting shots lately was practicing shooting 45 minutes before the jayvee game at homecoming (last Saturday). I got my rhythm and got my shot down." Herder's on-target shooting put Parchment down and all but out early.
Christian broke away from a 7-7 deadlock and outscored Parchment, 14-1. Herder bombed in two triples and the lead grew to 27-10 early in the second quarter. Four first-half putback baskets and a 3-pointer by Herder at the buzzer gave the Comets a 40-17 halftime advantage. Herder was 6-of-8 shooting 3s and netted both free-throw chances for his 19 points. Cooper finished with 15 points on 4-of-4 floor shooting and 7-of-7 success at the line. And Triemstra added 13 points. All 12 Christian players cracked the scoring column and the Comets, after shooting a sizzling 54 percent in the first half, connected on 50 percent of their floor shots and went 19-of-22 from the line.
"I don't know what it was, but they shot 86 percent from the free-throw line and in my eyes they shot 86 percent from the field," Parchment coach Larry Bailey said. "They obviously had a lot to play for (KVA title). We just bring it out in them. I don't think we were doing anything that bad, but they were just raining 3s on us."
"I'm very, very pleased," Christian coach Jerry Mastenbrook said. "Nobody gave us much of a chance last summer because of all the kids we lost. "This was a big game. Parchment's a good team and they've got a good point guard (sophomore Alex Wolf) who can make things happen. Now the worst we can do is finish tied for first in the KVA." Austin Patton, Parchment's hard-working 6-4 sophomore forward, tossed in 16 points and Wolf added nine.
But the Panthers, playing without 6-5 senior center Kyle Pfost, who broke a finger in practice this week, couldn't keep Christian off the boards nor could they contain the perimeter shooters with a variety of zones. "It all starts inside," said Mastenbrook, whose Comets committed only five turnovers. "You've got to go inside to go outside. And that's what we did tonight."
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