Girls hit stride at Spring-Ford tourney
The Parkland girls basketball team continued its strong play over the winter break, winning all three games it played in the Spring-Ford Holiday Classic.
The Trojan girls topped Downingtown West (60-51) to open the tournament and followed that with a pair of relatively easy wins against Daniel Boone (63-16) and Great Valley (60-31).
After averaging just over 41 points in their first five of the season, the girls began to find an offensive flow, going for 60 or more in all three wins.
Sierra Derti and Hannah Gombos led the offensive surge, scoring 40 and 38 points, respectively, in the three games.
Gombos had an eye-popping 21 in the win over Downingtown West, which entered the matchup at 5-2 and on a four-game winning streak. The Whippets saw a 15-6 lead after the first quarter nearly evaporate by the half and the two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 43. The Trojan defense was stifling in the final frame, as Downingtown managed just eight points en route to a nine-point Parkland win. Derti added 15 in the victory and Olivia Brown scored 11.
The offense kept rolling against District 3's Daniel Boone, but it was the Parkland defense that was most impressive. The Trojans didn't allow the Blazers into double figures until the four quarter, holding them to three points in the first quarter, four in the second and third and five in the fourth. The game was in little doubt after the first quarter when the Trojans held a 29-3 lead. Gombos again led the team in scoring with 14, while Derti added 13.
The winning streak stretched to six and the team improved to 7-1 with a tournament-ending victory over Great Valley. The girls played strong first half defense again, leading Great Valley 35-7 at the half en rout to a 29-point win. Derti scored a team-high 12 points with Miss Oertner and Callie Krajcir each added 11.
Parkland returns to Lehigh Valley Conference action this week, travelling to Easton on Thursday and hosting Liberty on Tuesday.