Weiser girls open league play with 56-20 loss to Parma

Weiser’s Alex Bittinger takes an open shot as a Parma defender is late for the block. Bittinger had three points in the game. Maddy Erickson, who can usually tally double-digits on the scoring, had six points, along with Marissa Moyle. The Lady Wolverines hosted the Lady Panthers on Dec. 18 to start the league portion of the schedule. They went on the road Friday to Fruitland to take on another league rival, the Grizzlies. Against Parma, the Lady Wolverines were held to 20 points by the conference-leading Lady Panthers. Weiser was able to get a couple of wins recently by beating Ontario and Vale.
Steve Lyon
 The Lady Wolverines opened conference play last week against a top-ranked Parma varsity girls team at home.
 The outcome didn’t favor Weiser, which couldn’t get much going against the Lady Panthers and lost the game 56-20.
 Parma sits in the top spot in the SRV Conference right now with a 10-1 overall record and 2-0 in conference play. 
 The Parma girls returned starters this year from the defending 2017 3A District III champion team.
 With the loss, the Lady Wolverines hold an overall record of 4-8. They went into the game against Parma coming off a 51-48 nonconference win against Vale on Dec. 15 at home.
 Parma was able to shut down Weiser’s top scorers with a zone defense and held the Lady Wolverines to their lowest point total of the season. Maddy Erickson, who usually scores double-digit points, was held to six points in the contest. Marissa Moyle also contributed six points.
 Weiser struggled against Parma’s height inside and had a hard time containing Madison Jackson, who scored 21 points for the Lady Panthers. The Lady Wolverines also gave up too many turnovers to the Lady Panthers’ defense.
 “We were just outmanned against them,” Weiser coach Nick Reed said. “A lot of our success comes in pressing teams. When we can’t press we struggle to score.”
 Weiser was down by six points at the end of the first quarter but still in the game with Parma leading 13-7. The Lady Panthers widened their lead to 16 points by halftime and were up 29-13.
 Parma outscored Weiser 16-6 in the third quarter to go up 45-19 at the end of the period. The Lady Wolverines could only score one point in the final period, while Parma added another 11 points to end the game 56-20.
 Other scoring for Weiser included Alex Bittinger with three points. Macy Moore also contributed three points and Andrea Bouvia hit a bucket for two points.
 Going forward, Reed said the team will continue to work on fundamentals in practice. The players are athletic and willing to work hard, he said.
 Weiser took on another conference rival on Friday night with a game against the Fruitland Grizzlies on the road.
 After the Christmas break, the Lady Wolverines will resume SRV Conference play with a game against the Lady Pirates at Payette’s gym on Jan. 3. 
 It has been a rough season for the Lady Pirates. Payette is at the bottom of the conference standings with an overall record of 1-10. 


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