Girls come back to beat Northampton
Before Northampton hosted Parkland on Monday night, there was a hint of uncertainty on both sides. Could the Konkrete Kids play with the best of them, and would the Trojans come through when the chips were down?
The answer for both teams was yes after Parkland’s 53-49 victory over Northampton.
From the beginning, it appeared as though the Kids had the game in the bag, but with a little over three minutes left, everything changed.
“They have a veteran team and we have a young team,” said Northampton head coach Jeff Jacksits. “It came down to execution toward the end, but we’ll adjust. Our defense was moving well, but we didn’t communicate together.”
The Kids extended their lead from six to nine points throughout most of the game that included five three-pointers by Victoria Keenan and 17 points by Aja Blount. Sophia Eckroth, Jade Rindock and Devon Saul also scored for Northampton.
Down 27-21 at the half, the Trojans talked about calming down.
“One of the biggest things is that you can’t get rattled, and you have to let your teammates help,” said Parkland guard Rachel Medlar, who scored eight points in the game.
Still, the Kids extended their lead even further with more three-pointer from Keenan in the third quarter and two more points when an inbounded ball was thrown to a wide open Blount.
With little time left on the clock, Trojan center Nadine Ewald converted for two points, Kristin Krause hit a three, and suddenly, Northampton’s lead was cut to four.
“We actually won the third quarter by two points,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence. “So we just wanted to continue one possession at a time.”
Keenan opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer, and it appeared as though the Kids would continue as they had been throughout the game. That was until Ewald scored and was fouled, then scored again on an inside pass from Emily Piston.
With two minutes remaining in the game, Sarah Stagaard rebounded a missed foul shot and hit a three. Soon after, Stagaard had a steal and scored again.
“Rachel [Medlar] and I were in a trap on the side,” said Stagaard. “My shots haven’t been on the last couple of games. I wasn’t really thinking, but I knew I had nothing to lose, and it definitely gave me confidence. We were really excited.”
Days before, the Trojans came back to beat Scranton Prep by 10 points.
“We started off the year where we didn’t face adversity until Scranton Prep,” Spence said. “I hope they’re excited and play with energy and fire, and I’ll be the voice to refocus, and in the end, tell them what’s going right. I’m pleased with how we reacted.”
Looking ahead, Jacksits was hoping his team would come back hungry the next day against East Stroudsburg South.
“I thought tonight would be a good gauge to see if we can play in our division,” Jacksits said. “We can play with anybody.”