PARKERS CHAPEL - Parkers Chapel’s post combination of Kallie Martin and Krista Rivers combined for 35 points Tuesday and led the Lady Trojans to a 58-45 win over Hamburg. PC improved to 3-2 going into the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Lady Trojans led 25-23 at the half and held a 31-29 advantage midway in the third.
But Rivers hit two free throws to trigger a 10-2 run, capped by a pair of technical free throws by Bella Frisby with 1:39 left in the third, pushing the lead to 41-31.
“At halftime we talked about making some adjustments to at least look for those vulnerable spots on the defense,” said PC coach Justin Welch.
“The girls did a better job of executing the game plan in the second half. When they did that, it opened up a lot more for us. I thought it was just some halftime adjustments the girls listened to and they went out and executed. That’s what you want to see in a situation like that because we didn’t play the best first half.”
Parkers Chapel put the game away with a 9-0 run down the stretch in the fourth. Martin scored twice under the basket. Makenzie Morgan hit two free throws and Grace Rainwater’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 56-39 with 1:43 remaining.
Martin led all scorers with 21 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Rivers scored 14 with five boards and Frisby finished with nine points.
The Lady Trojans scored the first eight points of the game. The Lady Lions followed with a 7-0 run of their own. PC led 12-10 after one quarter but Hamburg took a 23-21 lead on a 3-pointer with 1:47 left in the half.
But, Martin scored two buckets in the final minute of the second quarter and opened the third with a lefty lay-up for a 27-23 advantage. The Lady Trojans never trailed again.
PC pounded the ball inside for 38 points, including Zellie McNabb’s three-point play in the opening period.
“We get it to them as much as we can. We definitely want to look in there. That’s how we’ve played all year long,” said Welch, who talked about his team’s defensive rebounding, which improved drastically after halftime.
“We never want to lose the rebounding battle. That’s one of our game goals. We want to out-rebound the other team. I feel like the first half they were physical and we let them kind of push us under there. Second half we did a better job of forming that halo around the rim.”
Hamburg hit five of its six 3-pointers in the first half.
Lainey Tippen led the Lady Lions with 16 points while Zaniya Mooney scored 11.
The Lady Trojans won the junior girls game 37-17. Carlee Cater and Lorali Barnes each scored nine. Lilah Welch and Bella Goodwin scored eight and seven, respectively.
Parkers Chapel added a game to the schedule and will travel to Nevada on Monday for junior boys, senior girls and senior boys, beginning at 5 p.m.