COFFEYVILLE — A revenge tour was on the menu for the Parsons Vikings on Friday night as they routed the Coffeyville Golden Tornado 56-37, evening up the season series against their league foe.
“I told the girls if we can come over here and play defense like we’re capable of,” Parsons head coach Pat Schibi said, “we could beat this team. We went man most of the way, and I was super proud of the girls.”
Parsons played perhaps its most complete game of the season with seven girls finding the box score while winning by a 19-point margin.
“We did a nice job of moving the ball on offense,” Schibi said. “Multiple times we had all five girls touch the ball on a possession and then score. That looks like a high school basketball team.”
Freshman Sydney Schibi led the Vikings with 18 points, which included a 14-of-16 performance from the free-throw line.
“That was our game plan, to attack,” Schibi said. “We wanted to turn it into a track meet, and we did a good job of that.”
Briona Patterson, who saw more time at point guard for Parsons, added 10 points.
“We were in our triangle offense, which puts Briona up top more,” Schibi said. “It’s a different offense. All the girls are playing with more confidence.”
Kylie Speer led Coffeyville with 18 points while Makayla Strickland added 12.
The Vikings were charged with 14 turnovers in the win, halving their tally from the last time they faced Coffeyville.
“If we keep our turnovers down, I don’t care who we’re playing,” Schibi said, “we can win. Last time we played Coffeyville, we had 28 turnovers and lost by three.”
Coffeyville dropped to 3-11 overall and 1-6 in SEK League play with the loss. Parsons jumped to 5-9 and 2-6 respectively.
The Vikings hit the road again on Tuesday, heading back to Montgomery County to face the Independence Bulldogs.
“We knew tonight was a big game as far as seedings,” Schibi said. “We want to play at home and control our own destiny. We can control that if we take it one game at a time. We’re seeing how the cards fall, and I feel like we’re playing some of our best basketball right now.”
Parsons 56, Coffeyville 37
Parsons: 12 18 11 15 — 56
Coffeyville: 10 6 11 10 — 37
Parsons: Kieara Sawyer 4, Briona Patterson 10, Kinsey Baldwin 2, Sydney Schibi 18, Iniya Hinman 7, Jadyn Heck 9, Aashka Patel 6
Coffeyville: Kylie Speer 18, Makayla Strickland 12, Sidney-Lynn Burnett 4, Adyson Peck 3