Parrott leads Flashes by Blue Devils 66-62

PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS Carey’s Griffin Summit flashes through Willard defenders as he elevates toward the basket for a layup Thursday in Carey.

CAREY — Cooper Parrott shined on offense and Willard had just enough to hold back Carey in Thursday’s 66-62 win.

Parrott led everyone with 32 points for the Crimson Flashes (2-1), and Micah Dawson added eight points.

Willard led 43-34 at halftime.

Carey cut the deficit to 56-52 by the end of the third quarter but couldn’t overtake the Crimson Flashes from there.

Hayden Stone’s 14 points and 15 rebounds keyed the Blue Devils (1-1). Isaiah Hoepf and Casey Crawford both scored 13 points.

Dragons can’t catch

Kentucky Wesleyan

Kentucky Wesleyan held Tiffin to its lowest scoring output of the season Thursday, defeating the Dragons 71-67 behind clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes.

Tiffin (2-6, 0-3 Great Midwest Athletic Conference) entered Thursday averaging 89.7 points per game, but was held below 70 for the first time on the year.

The Panthers (3-3, 2-0) out-rebounded Tiffin 45-33, but TU countered by outscoring Kentucky Wesleyan 23-9 on turnovers.

But free throws proved crucial, with Kentucky Wesleyan going 22 for 26 at the line while Tiffin ended just 8 for 12.

The Panthers powered out to a 39-28 halftime lead, but Tiffin fought back in the second half and took a 57-55 lead on a Josh Williams jumper with 7:10 to play.

The teams traded points from there until Kentucky Wesleyan’s Adam Goetz hit two free throws with 1:24 to play to put his team up 65-63.

The Panthers hit their next six foul shot attempts — four by Goetz and two from Zach Hopewell — to keep the Dragons at bay long enough to earn the win.

Williams paced TU with 19 points and Austin Adams tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Shane Waldon chipped in 10 points.

Goetz finished with 25 points and eight boards for the Panthers. Deng Mayot added 15 points and nine rebounds and Hopewell had 13 points.

Panthers storm past TU

Kentucky Wesleyan rallied in the second quarter for a halftime lead, then kept right on going Thursday to claim an 82-65 Great Midwest Athletic Conference win against Tiffin.

Tiffin (2-6, 0-3 G-MAC) led 17-11 at the end of the first period and 24-11 with 7:42 to go in the half, but then the Panthers rallied.

Kentucky Wesleyan closed the half on a 23-7 run for a 34-31 lead at the break before outscoring TU 52-24 in the second half.

Emma Johnson’s 21 points keyed the Panthers. Jenna Martin and Caylee Clifford each netted 14 points.

Allie Miller and Annie Santucci each had 18 points to lead the Dragons. Miller added eight rebounds and a career-high six steals.