For the first time since joining the BCS-Red Conference, the Parchment Panthers swept Berrien Springs in a varsity basketball doubleheader. The Panther boys defeated the Shamrocks 72-54 Friday and the girls won 48-34; both Parchment squads had dropped both meetings last season with the Shamrocks. The evening also saw a solid crowd and turnout for the fifth annual “Compete For a Cure,” raising money for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Berrien Springs began the boys game with a 5-0 lead, but Parchment roared ahead with a 12-0 response. The Panthers had a 15-7 lead after the first quarter and a 38-26 advantage by halftime. The Shamrocks made it back within single-digits early in the fourth quarter, but Parchment quickly put the game out of reach.
Contez Williams matched his season-high with 22 points for Parchment. Three other Panthers hit double-digits with 19 by Ontayveon Fry, 13 from Darrion Turner, and 10 from Jeremiah Donald (including eight in the first quarter). Sam Spaulding topped Berrien Srpings with 21, going 14-16 at the free throw line. He was followed by 12 from Peyton Dustin. After winning only four games last season, Parchment is off to a 3-1 start. Berrien Springs falls to 0-4.
Like the boys game, the Shamrock ladies began with the lead, but lost it due to a 12-0 Parchment run. However, Berrien Springs got back ahead midway through the second quarter on a 7-0 rush of their own. By halftime, Parchment led 25-21. The Panthers narrowly won the third quarter 9-6, then pulled away in the fourth.
Parchment sophomore Megan McDaid led the way with 19 points, going 9-13 at the free throw line. Kyrah Sanders was the top scorer for Berrien Springs with nine. The victory puts Parchment at 2-5 and drops Berrien Springs to 2-2.
Both Shamrock squads return to action Tuesday against Three Rivers with the girls hosting and the boys traveling. Both Parchment teams host Comstock next with the girls Thursday and the boys Friday.
Listen back to both of Friday’s games below:
PARCHMENT GIRLS SCORING: Megan McDaid 19, Trinity Stone 9, Alivya Wilson 8, Macy King 3, Alysa Buytendrop 3, Kyra Gerlofs 2, Alexis Lindstrom 2, Chloe Thomas 2
BERRIEN SPRINGS GIRLS SCORING: Kyrah Sanders 9, Hillary Dortch 8, Miracle Henry 6, Jeniah Palmer-Kirtdoll 4, Narpreet Singh 4, Diamond Tyson 3
PARCHMENT BOYS SCORING: Contez Williams 22, Ontayveon Fry 19, Darrion Turner 13, Jeremiah Donald 10, Garrett Stutz 3, Connor Stutz 2, Henry Knapp 2, Aram Winchester 1
BERRIEN SPRINGS BOYS SCORING: Sam Spaulding 21, Peyton Dustin 12, Garrett Jones 7, Marshall McFarland 4, Austin Johnson 3, Gavin Hubble 3, Thomas Adams 2
Listen live online Friday on the Slocum Sports Network to a varsity basketball doubleheader with the Parchment Panthers hosting the Berrien Springs Shamrocks. The girls varsity is up first around 6 p.m. with the boys to follow around 7:30 p.m. This is the third season that these schools are rivals within the BCS-Red Conference.
The Parchment boys return most of their lineup from last year and already look improved with a 2-1 start. The Panthers topped Allegan and Bridgman, then lost 62-52 at Olivet Tuesday. The Shamrocks dropped their first two games against Trinity School and Comstock. They will enter the Parchment game at either 1-2 or 0-3, depending on Thursday’s makeup game with New Buffalo.
Berrien Springs won both of last season’s meetings, 49-38 and 60-52. The Shamrocks also took both matchups two seasons ago, both by 50-29 finals. They weren’t regular opponents prior to that.
In the girls contest, Parchment enters at 1-4, although their last three losses were by 10 points or fewer. Berrien Springs will be either 2-1 or 1-2 by Friday, pending the result Thursday with New Buffalo. The Shamrocks won both meetings last season, 53-33 and 45-36. Two seasons ago, the Panthers earned two wins, 42-30 and 44-40.
The games will also be Parchment’s 5th “Compete for a Cure” series, with money raised for the American Heart Association, the National Brain Tumor Society, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.
Listen live to both games online on the Slocum Sports Network with the girls around 6 p.m. and the boys around 7:30 p.m. from Parchment High School.