Almond, the Wildcats' point guard, averaged 10 points a game and did plenty to set up Parker.
Plus, Parker could hardly imagine playing basketball without Almond on the court with her.
The two had played together since fifth grade and gave Piedmont a dynamic inside-outside punch.
But when Almond went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the first week of January, Parker had to bear more of the load.
“It's been hard without her out there because she's had such an impact for us,” Parker said. “We've tried to focus on what's ahead, though, and not what we'd be like with her out there.
“She's helping with that. She's acting like a coach now that she's hurt.”
Parker and the Wildcats play in the Buckle of the Wheatbelt Tournament beginning Thursday in Kingfisher. Piedmont plays McLoud in the opening round.
The field also includes Class A No. 1-ranked Okarche and Class 4A No. 7 Heritage Hall.
“We have a pretty good chance of winning it,” Parker said. “We're playing well right now and we really want this.”