Talk about long shot: See how Parkway upset top-seeded Walker in LHSAA semifinals

Talk about long shot: See how Parkway upset top-seeded Walker in LHSAA semifinals
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When Parkway held a pregame shootaround, Chloe Larry took some shots from beyond half court just for fun. Hours later, the Tennessee Tech signee made one for the win.

Larry’s contested 65-foot heave at the buzzer gave reigning champion Parkway a stunning 64-63 overtime win over top-seeded Walker in a Division I nonselect semifinal played at the LHSAA state basketball tournament Thursday night at the University Center in Hammond.

“We were going to run a play called four-cross. I knew there wasn’t enough time for that and I said, ‘Get the ball,’ ” Larry said. “I just threw it up and made it.”

Larry scored a game-high 29 points, including three 3-pointers to put fifth-seeded Parkway (25-7) in the title game for the third straight year. Her game winner also gave Parkway its only lead of the night.

Dakota Howard added 14 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out in overtime. The Panthers play the Denham Springs-Mandeville winner at 6 p.m. Saturday for the title.

RayOnna Sterling led Walker with 25 points and nine rebounds. Arionna Patterson added 13 points for the Lady Cats, who led by as much as 16 points in the third quarter. It is first loss to a Louisiana team this season for Walker (35-1) and the school’s third consecutive semifinal loss.

“What a game … good athletes, good players, good coaching on both sides,” Walker coach Korey Arnold said. “It sucks in a game like that somebody has to lose. Everybody is going to ask these girls how did you lose to Parkway?

“I think real question you’ve got to ask is how did they win 33 games in a row? How do we have four seniors out of five who will play college basketball. The fifth has an academic scholarship to LSU. Ask them how they won 132 games in their career.”

Walker scored the game’s first five points. Despite seven first-quarter turnovers, Parkway kept Walker from building a big lead. Howard had eight of the Panthers’ 10 first-quarter points, tying the game at 8-8 and then cutting Walker’s lead to 11-10 with 5.2 seconds remaining.

Sterling had seven early points, including two free throws with less than a second remaining to send WHS into the second quarter with a 13-10 lead.

Walker led 31-24 at halftime and gained some momentum when Howard went to the bench with four fouls. A jumper by Patterson gave Walker its 43-27 lead with 3:17 to go in the third quarter. But Parkway went on a 13-0 run, easing the 15-point lead WHS brought into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Cats did not score in the first 4:23 of the final quarter. A Larry jumper tied the game at 57-57 at the 2:22 mark. Neither team scored again in regulation. Walker led by as much as four points in overtime.

“What a game. … I’m glad we’re on this side of it,” Parkway coach Gloria Williams said. “Hats off to Walker, they played a heck of a game.

“I’m sure she has worked on that shot all her life. For it to go in at the right time and right moment, hats off to Chloe.”

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