Parchment High School

2005-2006 Parchment Varsity Basketball

Game #3 versus Hackett

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Quick start propels Parchment past Irish

Saturday, December 17, 2005 - By Graham Couch

In a battle of contrasting styles, small-ball was too much for tall-ball Friday night at Parchment High School. At least, thus was the case for the first four minutes, and that's all that Parchment needed to pull away for a 63-41 basketball victory over visiting Hackett Catholic Central. The win moves the Panthers to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Kalamazoo Valley Association. The Irish fall to 2-2 and 0-2, respectively.

Parchment's hot shooting and electric crowd negated Hackett's noticeable height advantage long enough to take a 16-1 lead. By late in the first quarter, the Panthers' edge had grown to 23-5. Hackett never seriously threatened thereafter. ``You can't ask for anything better than that,'' said Parchment senior guard Alex Wolf, who had 14 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter. ``At home, with this huge crowd, to start off with that much of a lead is tough to come back on.''

The Panthers didn't miss -- a field goal or free throw -- until they had 18 points. During the same span, the Irish missed six field goals and turned the ball over three times. The early deficit, however, was not the fault of Hackett's defense, according to its coach, Mike Low. ``Our kids played very good defense the first quarter,'' Low said. ``We were right up on their shooters, they were just popping them in.''

Once Parchment cooled, Hackett dominated the glass, using its front line that stands 6-foot-5, 6-3 and 6-3 to outrebound the Panthers, 41-25, including a 26-10 difference on the offensive glass. That, of course, was helped by the number of opportunities the Irish had, given their 16 of 75 effort from the floor. ``We are not 22 points better than Hackett,'' said Parchment coach Larry Bailey, who credited the school's energetic band as much as the school's guard play for the victory. ``They're bigger and stronger than us and I thought for a while that was going to get them back in the game.

``It's unusual that we were that hot, but can we do that? Absolutely. We're a good shooting team.'' Corey Verdon joined Wolf in double figures for Parchment with 10 points and Matthew Chappell chipped in nine, including seven in the first half with the game in doubt. Matthew Scudder's 13 points were tops for Hackett. Ben Thayer added nine. ``I'm proud of our kids,'' Low said. ``They battled back and didn't give up after a horrendous start.''

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Individual Statistics

Player Pts
#13     10
#15      9*
#21      6*
#25     25***
#35      4
#43      4
#45      5*
* = 3-pointer

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Coach T comments: I have a quick question for everyone. Can you tell me the 3 main reasons why we won this game? Nope, it's not because Alex chipped in 14 in the first quarter. Nope, it's not because the Hackett team was overconfident due to their significant height advantage. Nope, the lunar eclipse had no bearing on the outcome of the game. Give up? OK, then let me tell you the 3 MAIN REASONS why we won this game.

Reason #1: One letter. D. We played some kick ars D-fense. Our D rocks. Everybody on P-town takes pride in their D and it shows. I have to believe we had more steals than rebounds. Seriously, I bet we did. As long as you can play D you can compete with anyone. Keep it up boyz!

Reason #2: Every home team has a 6th man and ours is THE BAND. Our band rocks. Band, PLEASE stay for the entire game every night!!! You guys made a HUGE difference. You are the 6th man and you played a major factor in helping Parchment come away with a W and a 3-0 start to the season.

Reason #3: And if having a 6th man wasn't enough P-town has a secret weapon that only the elite programs have. Reason number 3 for the victory was definitely THE STUDENT SECTION!!! Our student section rocks. With the cheerleaders in front getting things started and a sea of black practically standing on the court screaming wildly behind them, well, how could our P-towners loose. No way. From the newspapers during the starting lineups to the key rattling at the end, OUR STUDENT SECTION was the "7th man" and played a HUGE role in the victory. Way to go STUDENT SECTION! Way to go BAND! Way to go D! Merry Christmas to all and to all, well, all of you better plan on getting yourselves up to the poser P-town (Plainwell) on the 29th to cheer your 3-0 Panthers as the battle the mighty Trojans. One more question. Hey student section, what are you going to call yourself? MSU has the Izzone. Duke has the Cameron Crazies. So what are you all going to call yourselves? The Black Swarm? The P-town Rage? The Panthaholics? The G-Units (you know for G avenue)? The Black Panthers? Bailey's Berserkers? Larry's Lunatics? So what's it going to be? C'mon know ya gotta have a nickname!

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