CHEROKEE — A 28-game losing streak morphed into a two-game winning streak for the Parsons Vikings girls at the Lancer Classic.
Parsons defeated Columbus 62-52 on Wednesday then followed that up with a 51-40 win over Riverton on Friday to take fifth place in the midseason tournament at Southeast High School.
Wednesday’s win ended a losing streak that stretched back to a sub-state championship loss in 2019, the last game of Nena Taylor’s illustrious Parsons career.
“I was super proud of the girls that they finally saw all the hard work they’ve put in pay off,” Parsons head coach Pat Schibi said. “It’s big for the program. The girls are excited. We’ve been playing better and we could see it coming.”
Three freshmen shined in the win over Columbus. Sydney Schibi led with 21 points, Aashka Patel added 17 and Iniya Hinman delivered 11 points in a double-double performance.
“We made big strides against Erie earlier in the week,” Schibi said. “Then against Columbus, we had three freshmen lead the way. They stepped up for us and we had seven girls score. So it was a total team effort.”
In Friday night’s win over Riverton, Sydney Schibi again led the Vikings with 17 points while Hinman added 13.
Pat Schibi credited his daughter’s growth on the floor.
“She’s starting to play under control,” Schibi said. “She’s not as nervous and letting the game come to her. She’s taking her shots when she has them.”
As for Hinman, she’s established herself as a true post presence for Parsons.
“She’s been huge for us,” Schibi said. “She’s been averaging double-double the last four games and stepping up as a freshman. She’s a big impact player for us.”
Schibi also highlighted the Vikings’ defensive efforts.
“Our defense the last several games has been phenomenal,” Schibi said. “We’ve played majority man and full court in your face. Our girls are starting to learn the help side and adapt. We love it.”
With the two wins, Parsons is now 2-7 on the season. The Vikings will face Caney Valley on Saturday before returning to SEK League play on Tuesday against Coffeyville.
“It’s been great,” Schibi said. “But these girls aren’t finished. When they step on the floor, they know they can win. Their confidence is through the roof. Now we go to Caney Valley and play Coffeyville on Tuesday. We’re looking to get some more wins.”
Parsons 62, Columbus 52 (Wed.)
Parsons: 10 21 15 14 — 62
Columbus: 9 6 18 16 — 52
Parsons: Briona Patterson 3, Kinsey Baldwin 2, Sydney Schibi 21, Iniya Hinman 11, Aubrey Lassen 1, Jadyn Heck 7, Aashka Patel 17
Columbus: Lindsay Davis 4, Kerri Jones 2, Lily Mooney 14, Aubree Saporito 2, Ava Harman 6, Kaitlyn Simpson 10, Bailey Monroe 5, Jade Fouts 2, Jade Ohmart 4
Parsons 51, Riverton 40 (Fri.)
Parsons: 7 12 11 21 — 51
Riverton: 5 11 12 12 — 40
Parsons: Briona Patterson 7, Sydney Schibi 16, Iniya Hinman 13, Jadyn Heck 6, Aashka Patel 7
Riverton: Chloe Parker 11, Laibrey Higinbotham 5, Lexie Nowlin 1, Rachel Wison 3, EJ Wells 9, Jacy Thomasson 11