Every time Little Rock Parkview threatened, there was Lundon Williams with a 3-pointer from the corner or a left-handed runner or a knifing layup.
Anything Williams wanted, she got Friday.
The Greenwood senior scored 19 points and handed out four assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs past Parkview, 63-48.
Greenwood and Park-view each entered in the top five in 6A. It was Greenwood (10-2, 1-0 7A/6A Central), though, in its first home game of the season, that looked more like a title contender.
Parkview (7-3, 0-1) came within single digits midway through the third before a Sydnie Henson 3-pointer built the lead back to 12 with 2:34 left in the quarter. A minute later, Williams canned another 3 out of a timeout and Parkview didn’t have another run left.
"We were prepared for this game to come down to the wire, just like it did last year," Williams said. "But we’re really excited to get this at home."
It was Greenwood’s first home game of the regular season. They played a split scrimmage on Nov. 14 at H.B. Stewart Bulldog Arena and hadn’t returned through the first 11 games.
The Lady Bulldogs were the better team most of the night. A pair of 10-0 runs opened a double-digit lead in the first half. Each were answered with mini Parkview runs that kept the Lady Patriots within striking distance.
But Parkview’s curious shot selection didn’t help. About 50 percent of the Lady Patriots’ shots through the first three quarters were 3-pointers or layup attempts from 6 feet, like they were looking for fouls that never came. On several occasions, they were the ones actually called for the fouls.
"When we slowed down and played our style, we got the shots we wanted," Parkview coach Lahoma Howard said. "Early on, we just threw up some things and rushed. It’s first-game conference jitters, I guess."
A lot of that was due to the Greenwood defense. Sarah Elkins, who finished with 14 points, and Brittany Branum made life difficult on the inside for Parkview’s Sasha Davey. Davey was the biggest reason for the Lady Patriots’ 18-point win at Greenwood last year, scoring 16 points. She had just eight Friday.
"We were forcing them to shoot shots we thought were not as high percentage," Greenwood coach Clay Reeves said.
"They were making some of them, but we kept it out of Davey’s hands. They were hitting hard shots and making them. Fortunately we had a good lead when they were hitting those."
Morgan Brady’s turnover with 2:41 left was the clincher. She was on a fast break, got held up by Williams and Henson stole the ball from behind to maintain an 11-point lead. In the time that was left, it was Williams, ball in hand, on whom Greenwood relied to drain the last 120 seconds.
Williams’ scoring load was balanced. Her best frame was the fourth when she scored seven. Brady, a freshman, led Parkview with 19 points.
Reeves is thankful to have a four-year starter to give the ball when time becomes a factor.
"She knows she has to make a lot of decision with the ball. She has had more experience, so we expect her to help take care of the ball."
Parkview 69, Greenwood 52
BOYS — The Patriots used a 14-3 run to end the first quarter in building a double-digit lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the boys game.
Greenwood, which returns just one player with varsity experience, gave a good account of itself by staying within five or six possessions until another Parkview run built the lead to as many as 17 points.
Evan Lensing did as much as he could for the Bulldogs, scoring a game-high 21 points. Parkview had four players in double figures, led by Daryl Macon’s and Jaylen Franklin’s 15 apiece.
Greenwood led 7-2 in the opening 2:30, but Parkview needed just 48 seconds to take its first lead of the game in starting the run that ended the quarter.