Parkview girls roll past Broncos with defense

Parkview's Tatiana Wayne (10) brings down an offensive rebound while covered by Brookwood's Courtney Gardner (24) during the first half of Saturday's game.

Parkview's Tatiana Wayne (10) brings down an offensive rebound while covered by Brookwood's Courtney Gardner (24) during the first half of Saturday's game.


Brookwood's Nicole Plaisted (15) grabs a defensive rebound between Parkview players Genesis Perryond (30) and Tolu Yerokum (43) during the first half of Saturday's game.

SNELLVILLE -- Defense has always been the Parkview girls' specialty. Ever since the early 2000s, Parkview's girls have prided themselves on defense.

Saturday's game with rival Brookwood was no different as the Panthers caused 27 turnovers, including 12 steals, en route to a 52-25 win.

"We're getting better," said Parkview head coach Tony Watkins.

After Brookwood (7-9, 5-2 region) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, Parkview scored 14 of the next 16 points to take a 16-7 lead.

The second quarter saw the Panthers (16-0, 8-0) continue to keep up the pressure. Marissa Mandeldove got a steal and lay-up with 5:49 to go before halftime to put the Panthers up 25-9.

Parkview continued its run through the beginning of the second quarter, scoring the first 13 points before Brookwood was able to get its score into double-digits.

By the end of the first half, the Panthers had a 32-14 lead, thanks in large part to 18 turnovers from Brookwood.

Mandeldove continued to create on the offensive end in the third quarter, getting another steal and lay-up a minute into the second half to give the Panthers a 36-14 lead.

As the third quarter closed and the fourth quarter opened, Parkview continued to move the ball around, penetrating and kicking it back out if the shot wasn't there.

"We're playing smarter with the ball," Watkins said. "We're short-handed with our leading scorer and rebounder (Erika Joseph) out, so other girls have stepped up."

The Panthers were able to get up by 30 points midway through the final quarter, allowing them to move out of their press and get their starters out of the game.

Mandeldove finished the game with 16 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Genesis Perrymond had 12 points, all on 3-pointers.

Victoria Harris was the leading rebounder with six, while Ashlea Logan had 10 points and five rebounds.

For Brookwood, Rebecca Walker had nine points, seven rebounds and four steals, while Courtney Garner grabbed 11 rebounds.

Brookwood dominated Parkview on the boards (46-28) in the boys' game as the Broncos won easily 55-43.

The Broncos (4-12, 1-6) were able to box out better, limiting the Panthers on second chances.

"Our big goals are to get over 30 rebounds and hold teams under 50 points," said Brookwood head coach David Bowles. "We're 2-0 this year when we've done that."

Brookwood only led 7-6 after the first quarter, but started to take over midway through the second.

The game took a turn for the worst for Parkview with 1.7 seconds left in the first half as Brookwood's Malcolm Hannah hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to put the Broncos up 28-17.

"You're always taught to let it bounce until they guard you," Bowles said. "They didn't play defense and he had got a good shot off."

After that, Parkivew (2-14, 1-7) wasn't able to recover as Brookwood never let up on the boards.

Kendall Joseph led Brookwood with 14 points and five rebounds, while Alex Drag had nine points and 10 rebounds.

In total, the Broncos had six players with five or more rebounds.

For Parkview, Andre Chatfield led the team with 13 points and six rebounds, while TJ Thomas had 12 points and 13 rebounds.