Williams’ 31 points leads Parkway over Fairview

Published 10:49 am Monday, January 17, 2022

Parkway guard Mikaylah Williams backed up her ranking as the top junior girls basketball player in the country in leading the Panthers to a 76-41 win over Fairview in the second day of play at the Hamilton Christian MLK Classic at Burton Coliseum.

Williams scored 31 points, including the first seven of the game as the Panthers (20-1) led wire-to-wire against the two-time defending Class B champion Fairview (27-5).

Williams opened the game with a jumper, post basket and three-pointer and added several assists.

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Fairview opened the event with a win over Class 5A Lafayette Friday but struggled to find a rhythm against the bigger, deeper Parkway team.

“Their athleticism kind of took over, they are long and didn’t give us any driving lanes, and we couldn’t make a shot,” Fairview head coach Kyle Jinks said.

Jinks said playing top competition from the larger classes will help his team down the road. The Panthers have played four of the current top-five teams in the Class 5A power rankings, going 2-2.

“We have been getting better since the season started and it’s because we play teams like this,” he said. “We don’t run from them, we run at them.

“That’s why we’re going to have a chance to make a run in the playoffs. We’ve played two good 5A teams and were lucky enough to win one. Yesterday we shot the ball better and rebounded better.”

Jayla James added 18 points for Parkway. Tylissa Henderson scored 13, and Chloe Larry added 10.

Rylee Cloud led Fairview with 13 points. Reesie Jinks and Ella Reeves scored 11 each.

The event concludes today with 10 games beginning at 8:15 a.m. Fairview plays at 5:45 p.m., taking on Division III champion Lafayette Christian, which features the state’s top-ranked sophomore, guard Jada Richard. Richard scored 39 points in a loss to Parkway Saturday.

Fairview’s loss to Parkway ended an 18-game winning streak.