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High school girls basketball: Parkway aims for spot in 5A semifinals Thursday

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The Parkway Lady Panthers will be looking for a spot in the state tournament when they host the Northshore Lady Panthers Thursday night in the Class 5A quarterfinals.

Tip-off is 6 p.m.

District 1-5A champion Parkway (31-2), the No. 2 seed, is trying to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2008 when the school was in Class 4A.

Northshore (23-9), the No. 10 seed, finished second to Ponchatoula in District 6-5A with a 9-3 record. The Lady Panthers defeated No. 23 Thibodaux 87-49 in the first round and No. 26 Captain Shreve, the defending state champion, 49-43 in the second.

Parkway, which has won 26 in a row on the court, defeated No. 31 Acadiana 61-15 in the first round and No. 18 Zachary 72-35 in the second.

The teams have three common opponents — Ponchatoula, Acadiana and Zachary.

Parkway defeated Ponchatoula 60-35 on Dec. 27. Northshore lost twice to Ponchatoula in district play, 87-45 and 73-49.

Northshore also defeated Acadiana 41-27.

Parkway defeated Captain Shreve 56-17 and 89-39. 

Based on those scores, Parkway would have to be considered a big favorite.

But in the win-or-go-home pressure of the playoffs, anything can happen.

For an example, all the Parkway players have to do is look back at last season. The Lady Panthers were seeded No. 4. But they lost at home to No. 12 Benton, a team they had beaten twice by double digits in the regular season, 49-46 in the quarterfinals.

Most of the same players are back this season. You can bet Head Coach Gloria Williams hasn’t had to remind them of the disappointment they felt after that loss.

Junior guard Mikaylah Williams, one of five finalists for national Player of the Year, has led Parkway all season.

But she is far from the only reason for the team’s success. Sophomore guard Chloe Larry has also been outstanding.

Freshman forward Savannah Wilson has contributed on both ends of the court. Junior guards Ty’lissa Henderson and Makenna Miles have played their roles well.

Junior forward Aniyah Russell and sophomore Jayla James have also contributed.

Seniors Tiara Tillison and Tierra Sylvas lead Northshore, which lost in the second round last year. Tillison hit six 3-pointers and scored 33 points in the first-round victory over Thibodaux. Sylvas had 27.

The Parkway-Northshore winner faces the winner between No. 3 Lafayette (28-4) and No. 11 Southwood (24-10) in the semifinals at the LHSAA Girls’ Marsh Madness state tournament next week at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

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