PARMA — It would be hard to imagine Elyria High putting together a much better overall team effort than it did Friday night.
The Pioneers took complete control of the game at the start of the second quarter to blow away Parma 74-4, in Northeast Ohio Conference River Division play.
Elyria, with five straight wins since the departure of two key seniors, improved to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the league. Parma is 4-10, 2-4.
So dominant were the Pioneers, they held Parma to only 14 second-half points and just 26 over the course of the final three quarters while scoring 57. They outrebounded the Redmen 49-21 for the game including a staggering 31-7 in the second half.
Isaiah Walton had another big outing, scoring 26 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing off a handful of assists. Walton, with 977 career points, passed Adam Larrick and Jeff Thomas in climbing to eighth on the all-time Pioneer scoring charts.
Walton wasn’t alone. Lightning quick Trenell Oliver outhustled his opponent to finish with 14 rebounds and 11 points. Hunter Parsh (10 points, eight boards) and AJ Johnson (10 points, six rebounds) played well as did Anthony Duckett and Marquise Dalton on the defensive end.
Coach Brett Larrick managed to get 13 players in the game with nine scoring.
“This is really a great group of guys,” Walton said. “We all get along. We’ve always had good chemistry. We can talk things out. I’ve been trying to step up as a leader. We want to keep the roll going.”
It looked like anything but a blowout in the initial stages. Parma shot out to a 17-12 lead behind four 3-pointers before the Pioneers defense took over.
Oliver closed out the quarter by scoring the final five points and after another 3-pointer by Nicasio Agosto to start the second, Parsh hit a pair of threes and added a steal and layup around a steal and score by Anthony Duckett to put Elyria up 27-20.
“That first quarter is 17-17 and we had to come back a little bit,” Larrick said. “The best thing our guys did was make a few adjustments. Everybody worked their butts off in practice (Thursday). It showed. They got out to a little lead and we made a couple adjustments. We ran a couple back doors, we got to the free throw line. We got Isaiah to the paint. Unbelievable job by our guys. They’re really playing well together and trusting each other.”
“We’ve become a lot closer since that happened,” Parsh said since the roster shakeup. “We’re playing a lot harder. The (seniors) have been important. Isaiah is doing a great job of being a leader.”
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Elyria 74, Parma 43
ELYRIA (74): Hunter Parsh 4-0-10, Isaiah Walton 10-3-26, Anthony Duckett 3-0-6, Trenell Oliver 5-1-11, AJ Johnson 5-0-10, Marquise Dalton 1-0-2, Chris Jamison 1-1-3, Chris Yates 0-0-0, Howie Smith 0-0-0, Chris Atkinson 0-0-0, Bobby Russell 1-2-4, Kyle Ringer 0-0-0, Nate Marks 0-2-2. Totals 30-9-74.
PARMA (43): Zack Toth 0-0-0, Tyler Deutsh 2-0-4, Nicasio Agosto 5-0-13, Skylar Pastva 6-1-16, John Todd 0-0-0, Nick Banker 1-1-4, Sean Ivancic 1-0-3, J’Von Caldwell 0-0-0, Tyler Reed 0-00, Kyle Lyon 1-0-3. Totals 16-2-43.
Elyria 17 23 14 20 — 74
Parma 17 12 6 8 — 43
Three-point goals: Elyria 5-12 (Walton 3, Parsh 2), Parma 9-22 (Agosto 3, Pastva 3, Banker, Ivancic, Lyon). Field goals: Elyria 30-62 (48 percent), Parma 16-49 (33 percent). Free throws: Elyria 9-12 (75 percent), Parma 2-4 (50 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 49 (Oliver 14), Parma 21 (Pastva 5), Turnovers: Elyria 13, Parma 16. Fouls: Elyria 9, Parma 11.