A three-game winning streak came to an end for the upstart Parsons Vikings on Tuesday as they fell to the Coffeyville Golden Tornado 63-60.
Playing without the services of Jadyn Heck, a reliable post defender, Parsons was stretched thin defensively.
“You could see that we missed Jadyn down low,” Parsons head coach Pat Schibi said. “We had a lot of youth on the court tonight. There were times where we had five freshmen out there. That’s a big difference in a game like this.”
Adyson Peck led Coffeyville with 18 points, Kyliegh Flores added 13, Kylie Speer 12 and Teagan Titus 10.
But it was Parsons freshman Aashka Patel that led the floor in scoring, pouring in 23 points including 17 in the fourth quarter. Patel connected on three 3-pointers in the final period.
“Patel had a huge game tonight,” Schibi said. “It showed a lot of growth out of here. We have confidence as coaches That she can knock them down. We tell her to shoot it when she’s open. She’s going to be tough to deal with down the road. That’s one more threat that we have.”
The Vikings struggled with ball security throughout the night.
“Turnovers were the difference in the game,” Schibi said. “We had 14 at half and 27 for the game. We’ve only been averaging 15-to-18 turnovers a game the last few games, and we’ve been winning those games. So when it jumps up to 27, you can tell the difference. That’s the youth on the court.”
Late in the game with Parsons trying to rally, a controversial moment unfolded when Coffeyville scored a basket with six players on the floor. The referees convened and issued a bench technical to Coffeyville. But they also explained to the scorer’s table that because the officials didn’t realize six players were on the floor prior to the basket, Coffeyville’s basket still counted.
“They should’ve realized there were six players earlier and the basket should have never counted,” Schibi said. “I felt like that official should have counted six and realized it was a technical. They didn’t see it quick enough. I don’t understand it.”
The win improved Coffeyville’s record to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in SEK League play.
Parsons which travels to Fort Scott on Friday, fell to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in league action.
“We know what they have,” Schibi said of Fort Scott. “We’re prepared for it. I think we’ve got a good chance. If the girls play hard like they did tonight, we’ve got a chance.”
Coffeyville 63, Parsons 60
Parsons: 15 8 12 25 — 60
Coffeyville: 9 18 15 19 — 63
Parsons: Briona Patterson 9, Kinsey Baldwin 3, Sydney Schibi 13, Iniya Hinman 10, Aubrey Lassen 2, Aashka Patel 23
Coffeyville: Kylie Speer 12, Kyliegh Flores 13, Teagan Titus 10, Navaeh Mason 6, Chanute Porter 3, Adyson Peck 18