The separation between Labette County, an established power, and Parsons, a program in the midst of a rebuild, was on full display Friday night.
Despite winning four of their last five games, the Vikings were handled by the Grizzlies in a 65-29 loss.
“They’re a well-oiled machine,” Parsons head coach Pat Schibi said. “They’ve got a lot of juniors and seniors. Our program is heading in that direction. But we’re definitely not there yet. In a year or two, maybe we can match them.”
Labette County, playing its third game of the week, was paced in scoring by Elsie Sorrell’s 17 points.
“She’s gotten a little more confident,” Labette County head coach Kristi Snider said. “She needs that. That happened last night too. Coming into this point in the season, that’s big.”
The Grizzlies have entrenched themselves atop the SEK League standings after three wins this week against Independence, Chanute and Parsons.
“We’ve been resilient all week,” Snider said. “All three wins were pretty emotional for us. I was pleased with our effort. Yeah, there’s things we have to work on. But we got a lot of kids opportunities.”
Going deep into the bench was another luxury Labette County took advantage of Friday night. Ten players in total scored for the Grizzlies.
“It was big for us,” Snider said. “Those kids have been going and going. Just the emotional aspect is tiring. Even tonight we were a little bit sluggish. But we still want to have some fun.”
Sydney Schibi led Parsons with 15 points.
“It was a hard 15,” Schibi said. “They played great defense. She’s got the green light to shoot it and she knocked a few down.”
Parsons, now 4-9 overall and 1-6 in league action, plays again on Monday against Chanute Christian Academy before hosting Pittsburg on Tuesday.
Labette County will face Chanute for the second time in less than a week on the road on Tuesday. The Grizzlies are now 11-2 overall and undefeated, 6-0, in the league.
“We just need to work on some things offensively and some different schemes,” Snider said. “They understand the moment and level they’re at. Now it’s mind over matter.”
Labette County 65, Parsons 29
Labette Co.: 19 17 18 11 — 65
Parsons: 5 9 7 8 — 29
Labette County: Karsyn Stewart 7, Abby Pegues 2, Claire Carnahan 4, Jasmine Perez 4, Ashantae Smith 2, Anna Dean 11, Madison Brannin 10, Madison Hayward 5, Elsie Sorrell 17, Audrey Dewey 3
Parsons: Briona Patterson 2, Sydney Schibi 15, Iniya Hinman 6, Jadyn Heck 5, Aashka Patel 1