Girls cruise past Mounties for victory
Last month, head coach Wes Spence noted that the key to a successful season for his Trojans basketball team was shooting the ball well.
His statement was heard loud and clear last Saturday night as the Parkland girls basketball team scored 56 points to cruise to a 56-17 win over Stroudsburg out of the Mountain Valley Conference.
"It's a nice win," Spence said. "Our goal is to keep getting better. And I think we did some things tonight that we may have left on the floor last night (Whitehall game). I liked how they performed after such a quick turnaround."
Spence was able to clear his bench and use a full roster. Eight players saw action in the first quarter, and 12 in the first half.
Sierra Derti led the way with 11 points, and Callie Krajcir added 10 as part of an all-around dominant performance by the Trojans, offensively and defensively.
"We really just try to execute the plays," said Krajcir. "If we can execute the plays, we get good shots off. We shared the ball really well, and just scored points however we could."
The Trojans did not need to execute too many plays on offense because their pressure on defense led to fast break points the other way. Allison Cressman and Hannah Gombos each forced two turnovers, which led to easy layups.
"We run a [full-court] press a lot," said Krajcir. "We've been working on our defense a lot at practice. It's been improving a lot, and I think we haven't let that many baskets in so far."
Parkland's defense allowed just 17 points. The Mountaineers did not score a single point in the fourth quarter.
This one was over from the tip, as the Trojans jumped out to an 18-4 first quarter lead, and led 32-9 at halftime. It was a very successful weekend for the girls basketball team. They took care of Whitehall, who ended their season last year, the night before.
"We're playing fantastic defense," Spence added on the first third of the season. "The girls play really hard and dig in. We just need to take advantage of easy looks on the offensive end and keep improving offensively."
Along with Derti and Krajcir, Gombos (four points), Cressman (four points), and fifth starter Missy Oertner (four points) found the score sheet. Erica Bross (four points) and Olivia Brown (six points) had solid performances off the bench.