photo by STEPHANIE PARSON
Cedarville’s Corey Fincher (24) is hit by a Westville (Okla.) player during Saturday’s nonconference contest.
Garrett Parsons didn’t have any trouble celebrating Senior Night one day early.
The Pirates’ senior scored 15 points and had seven rebounds. In the first quarter.
He finished with 36 points and 17 rebounds as Cedarville pulled away from scrappy Green Forest, 63-50, to remain unbeaten in the 3A-1.
“Some of his teammates were struggling, so he probably took a few more shots than he normally would,” Cedarville coach Andrew Tencleve said. “When he plays four quarters, he’s usually right around 30 most nights.”
Parsons has scored 66 points in his last two games. He now has 1,258 points for his career — with 1,106 of that coming in the last two-plus seasons.
Parsons had 25 points in the first half as the Pirates (17-6, 7-0) led by just six.
Green Forest (4-15, 2-6) shot lights out in the first quarter. The Tigers made 6-of-7 attempts to open the game.
“Green Forest played really hard,” Tencleve said. “It was a little strange for us, too. This game was supposed to be played Tuesday, but we moved it up because of the (potential) weather.”
The Pirates had their lead cut to 34-31 midway through the third quarter but then Parsons and Josh Simkins completed back-to-back three-point plays. Simkins’ effort made it 37-31 and a minute later Parsons cut his way through traffic for another old-fashioned three-point play.
Cedarville led by 14 after three quarters and eventually padded the lead to 19 early in the fourth.
“We’ve been in a little bit of a lull lately,” Tencleve said. “We were playing pretty good basketball at the beginning of the year. We’re trying to get to where we’re playing good when we need to.”
Neither team shot well from the field and both had a tough night at the free throw line. The Tigers were 10-of-22 from the line and Cedarville was 24-of-44.
Cedarville 69, Green Forest 31 (Women’s)
Bailey Murphy scored 22 points and Cedarville — which led by as many as 32 in the first half — coasted to a 3A-1 blowout of Green Forest.
The Lady Pirates led 42-12 at the break and enjoyed a 41-point second half lead.
“I thought we came out and played really good tonight,” Cedarville coach Jody Fincher said. “We’re playing great team basketball — we’re working hard on both ends of the floor.
“We’re working for each other instead of ourselves.”