BASKETBALL: Trojans rout Parkway

BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans ripped down a 49-27 victory over the Parkway Panthers in non-league varsity boys basketball action Saturday night at Botkins High School.

The Trojans dominated every aspect of the floor, from the initial tip-off down to the final minute in the first quarter as they pulled ahead of the Panthers 15-3.

But as the second quarter started, Parkway picked up its offensive mentality, matching Botkins with eight points each going into the half.

“We knew Parkway’s capabilities weren’t limited to their 1-10 record,” Botkins coach Brett Meyer said. “We’d watched quite a few games where they had staged a comeback. So we told our boys they needed to continue to play hard and get at them.”

Even though the Trojans were up 23-11 coming out of halftime, they didn’t let down on their intensity.

Draining shots all over the court, senior Ethan Zimpfer added eight points to the boards while juniors Seth Hoying and Heath Geyer each sank a 3-pointer of their own.

The Trojans offense wasn’t the only thing there Saturday night as they outrebounded the Panthers by eight and grabbed 13 steals.

“Going into the fourth quarter Parkway had 18 points, so we challenged our boys to keep them under 30,” Meyer said.

And they did just that, outscoring Parkway 10-9 in the final quarter.

Botkins’ victory increased its record to 6-4 overall.

The Trojans are back in action again Tuesday night when they travel to Anna to take on the undefeated Rockets.