Halfway through the season and the Parsons Vikings still have a zero showing in the loss column.
Ignited by a 14-0 run to start the game, Parsons ran away from Fort Scott on Friday night en route to a 65-22 win in SEK League play.
The game went to a running clock in the fourth quarter as the win was in hand for the Vikings.
“Our guys were just locked in defensively,” Parsons head coach Anthony Houk said. “It was a group effort on defense. We were in the right spots, forcing tough shots and getting steals. That helped us really extend that lead. It’s not always easy to play hard when you’re up 34-11. But we went for the throats.”
Zeke Lyons led the Vikings with 18 points, while Dariq Williams and DaQuan Johnson also reached double figures with 10 points apiece.
However, Houk pointed out Pierce Thomas, the senior center, as the night’s star despite going scoreless.
“We were able to do different things on the perimeter defensively because of Pierce’s impact on the game,” Houk said. “He was a rim protector for us tonight. He’s chasing the all-time shots blocked record here.”
The Vikings also went deep into the bench for much of the second half — Miles Hogan, Cedric Webb, Paxton Swanson, Croix Hogan, Jessie Jones and Hunter Brownewell all scored despite playing limited minutes thus far.
“It’s nice when you can get into your bench for some extra minutes,” Houk said. “We want to give our starters some rest, but the approach was that we need our bench some minutes with the starters. I want the seniors to rub off on the younger guys…that benefits our program in the future.”
Drew Rhoades and Jacob DeLaTorre led Fort Scott with five points each. The Tigers dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-3 in SEK League play with the loss.
The Vikings are now 10-0 overall and 5-0 in league action. They are off until Thursday, when they travel to the Saint Thomas Aquinas Saints Classic and face Lee’s Summit West (Missouri) at 4 p.m.
“My seniors spoke up after the game and said we need to go 10-0 again,” Houk said, “and finish the second half of the season. We’re not going to Kansas City next week for the trip. We’re going to get wins.”
Parsons 65, Fort Scott 22
Parsons: 23 18 14 10 — 65
Fort Scott: 9 3 7 3 — 22
Parsons: Ethan Houk 8, Dariq Williams 10, DaQuan Johnson 10, Zeke Lyons 18, Miles Hogan 2, Cedric Webb 2, Paxton Swanson 3, Croix Hogan 3, Julius Smith-Reece 6, Jessie Jones 1, Hunter Brownewell 2
Fort Scott: Drew Rhoades 5, Gavin Pytlowany 3, CJ Horton 4, Jacob DeLaTorre 5, Nick King 3, Noah Martin 2