Nine first-quarter turnovers, including five straight, allowed the Vikings to build an early 13-point lead
Early turnovers and lights-out three-point shooting by the Parkview Vikings (16-7) dug a hole too deep for the Waynesville Tigers (7-16) to climb out of in a 70-57 loss in Tuesday's basketball contest on senior night.
After a completed and-one opportunity by junior David Adams to open scoring, Waynesville never again held the lead in Tuesday's game.
The Tigers turned the ball over in their next five offensive possessions while Parkview senior Njenga Chatman and Dontae Taylor combined for 10 unanswered Vikings' points.
Chatman was 3-4 from three-point range in the first quarter and had 11 points in the frame.
Parkview coach Landon Cornish said his 6-foot guard has improved as the season's end has drawn near.
“He's come on really strong here lately,” Cornish said. “He had the same kind of game against Rolla a couple weeks ago. Coach Pilz and I were talking about that before the game. If he catches it in a rhythm and he's got into a good spot he can knock it down. He's a really good shooter.”
Waynesville coach Chris Pilz did not make himself readily available for an interview following his team's loss at home.
In total, the Tigers had nine turnovers in the first quarter as they fell behind 23-10.
Freshman Eric Morriss and senior Tavon Dipalma took Waynesville on a 9-2 run in the middle of the second to trim Parkview's lead to 30-21 with 3:42 remaining. Later, the Tigers cut their deficit to eight.
However, the Vikings went on their own 9-2 run, featuring three triples, to end the half and push their advantage to 41-26.
All told, Parkview had 12 three-pointers Tuesday. They had three more old-fashioned three-point plays.
“We are shooting 46 percent from three for the year,” Cornish said. “We're shooting a little over 50 percent from two, so we're right about 47 percent for field goal. So, we shoot the ball well generally. Especially if I feel like we get it in the right spots where we are able to drive it, kick it and move it to the right guys, which I think we did tonight for the most part.”
Waynesville never again trailed by less than 13 (twice in the third quarter and twice in the fourth, including the final score).
While that's a fairly comfortable lead, Cornish wasn't pleased that his team didn't put more distance between themselves and the Tigers.
“I think once we got a lead we got complacent and just kind of coasted,” Cornish said. “That's why [the lead] stayed right at 15 or 16 the entire game instead of us pulling away. Our energy and effort to trap the ball and get some steals and back-tips just wasn't there late.”
Dipalma tied with Parkview's Dontae Taylor for the game's leading scorer with 18 points.
Nine other Tigers landed in the scorebook. They are Ethan Gatzemeyer (8), Adams (7), Morriss (7), Caleb Barnes (6), Shaq Fregiste (3), Gunner Rees (3), Ajahni Richards (2), Zeke Rogers (2) and Tahja Stewart (1).
Other than Taylor, Parkview had scoring contributions from Chatman (14), J.T. Brown (12), Lencorya Grady (11), Josh Cunningham (7), Gage Clark (5) and Daru Elliot (3).
Up next for Waynesville is Kickapoo (18-4) in Springfield on Friday.