Watkins gets win in debut with Parkview

LILBURN -- If Tony Watkins' opening act as Parkview's girls basketball head coach is an indication of things to come in the 2011-12 season, there will be some happy times when March rolls around.

Parkview played 18 players and put 10 in the scoring column en route to a 56-14 rout of Lassiter in the opening round of the 15th annual Parkview Tipoff Classic.

Parkview (1-0) never trailed and scored the game's first 13 points, eventually building a 19-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Using a pressing full-court zone defense, Parkview didn't allow a Lassiter point until the 4:10 mark of the opening period.

Parkview continued the assault in the second quarter as the Panthers outscored the Trojans 16-4 to take a 35-6 lead at the half.

In the second half, Parkview added on to the lead with a 21-8 second half and coasted home to give Watkins his first victory as the Panthers' head coach.

"It's real exciting and I'm glad to be (at Parkview)," said Watkins after spending a year at Lanier.

"I thought we played hard even though we took some shots we normally don't take. We've got some depth that we need to use running players in and out. We've got 11 players that can play and I know we can play better.

"We did like I thought we would in that we were balanced. It was our first game and you're always glad to get that first one."

Erika Joseph led the way for Parkview with 12 points and nine rebounds while Genesis Perrymond had 11 points.

Vicky Harris chipped in seven points and seven rebounds and Marissa Mandeldove also had seven points for the Panthers.

Gabby Garza led Lassiter (0-1) with five points.

In the boys' game, Parkview got its 2011-12 season off to a solid start as the Panthers overwhelmed Lassiter 64-47 behind Andre Chatfield's 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Parkview took advantage of a Lassiter squad that was depleted of several players due to the football team's second-round state playoff game tonight against McEachern.

Eddie Harris and T.J. Thomas each added 11 points as Parkview put three players in double-figures. Thomas also chippied in seven blocks and Jalen Abraham had 12 assists.

Parkview (1-0) led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter, but the Panthers exploded in the second eight minutes by outscoring the Trojans 25-14 to take a 33-20 lead at the half.

The Panthers built on that lead and took a 52-36 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Lassiter (0-1) was led by Khrishna Khartri's 23 points, including four three-pointers, while Justin Hahn had 10 for the Trojans.

Action continues in the Parkview Tipoff Classic on Saturday and picks up again on Monday and Tuesday.