Girls fall to Northampton in semi
The Parkland girls basketball team dropped the District 11 third-place game to Northampton last week, 53-47.
The momentum shuffled back and forth much of the game, with Parkland taking the lead after the first and third quarters, but Northampton holding the lead at halftime and when it mattered most.
The Kids’ Victoria Keenan (24 points) and Aja Blount (19 points) led all scorers. Parkland (18-8) was led by Devyn Anderson’s 12 points, and Kassidy Stout had 10 for the Lady Trojans.
“I liked a lot of the things that we did tonight,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence. “Neither team could really keep the momentum going their way for too long and it turned out that they had the last run and then we had to foul and they hit their foul shots, so you have to credit what they did tonight to win the game.”
Parkland was up 33-31 after three quarters, but Northampton (17-9) scored to tie the game before Anderson hit back-to-back baskets. Emily Piston added a jumper to make it 39-33.
Keenan answered with back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game, before hitting one-of-two foul shots to give Northampton a 40-39 edge.
Blount, in her usual spot underneath the basket, made an old-fashion three-point play to push her team’s lead to 43-39.
Keenan then started to lock things up when she drove the lane for a basket and a minute later, hit two free-throws, stretching the lead to 47-39 for Northampton.
When Parkland started fouling to preserve time, Northampton made free throws to put away the win. Devon Saul hit on all four of her free-throws in the game and Blount went 5-for-5 from the line.
“Obviously, you’re hoping that they help you out and miss a few of those shots, but they did what you have to do in that situation and took advantage of the free-throws and it made all the difference,” Spence said.
Parkland will have to travel to Warminster to play Central Bucks South (19-7) at William Tennent High School Friday in the first round of the state playoffs. CB South is in perennially tough District One and was the fourth-place team from that district.
Before knowing who they would have to play, or where the game would be, Spence wasn’t concerned about getting a tougher matchup because of the loss.
“The reality is that at this time of the year, you’re going to play good teams,” said Spence. “Some years, one district is better than others. Some years, some districts aren’t as good as they usually are. The one constant is that you’re going to have to play a good team. You always want to be closer to home, but we’ve played good teams on their court and beat them this season, so you just wait and see who you play and find out what you can about them and get ready.”
Easton won its first district title in 18 years with a 38-34 win over defending champion Nazareth. Easton will also play their first round PIAA game at Freedom High School, while Nazareth will play at Easton Middle School.