Staib leads girls in win over EHS
The Parkland girls basketball team was looking forward to a trip to Florida to play top competition from around the United States in the 2017 KSA Pre-Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Florida.
The competition at least mirrors, and is possibly better than the competition that the Lady Trojans faced in their two opening games against Central Dauphin and Bethlehem Catholic (1-0 EPC, 2-0 overall).
While their first two games this season went down as losses, Parkland (1-1, 1-2) took out some frustrations against Emmaus ahead of their trip to the Sunshine State, downing the Hornets 63-28 last week.
Shelby Staib finished with a game-high 20 points and sat out a lot of the minutes late in the game as younger players took their turn on the court.
“We came out really strong with games against Central Dauphin and Beca,” said Staib. “They’re both really good teams and we weren’t making a lot of shots in those games. Today [against Emmaus], it was our first game at home and we shot much better, so it was a really good way to start off.”
Staib has contributed on both ends of the floor in the early going after starting to see more consistent minutes last season as a sophomore.
“She’s a very versatile kid and she can play in a lot of different places, which is very beneficial for us,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence of Staib. “She can play in the post. She has the ability to play on the perimeter and handle the basketball and she has such great length and athleticism that she can really be a factor at both ends of the floor. She gets her hands on a lot of stuff and she can defend a lot of positions because of her athleticism.”
Nine different Parkland players scored against Emmaus as Spence took the opportunity to get some young players who hadn’t had much of an opportunity to play in the first two games of the season.
Freshman Lindsay Berger scored six, while role playing juniors Josi Negron scored seven and Kendra Yeboah contributed six points in the win over Emmaus (1-2, 1-3).
“They did a really nice job,” said Spence. “We played an early schedule that’s been very challenging and the opportunities for our bench players have been very limited to this point, so it was great to have an opportunity to have them on the floor and compete and see what they can do and with that opportunity. They did a lot of great things.”
As for the trip to Florida, Staib was looking forward to playing strong competition and having the chance for her and her teammates to spend some fun time away from the court and relax after a run of games against top competition both at home and in Florida.
“A lot of our teammates are really close and we’re a group of friends,” said Staib. “We’re really, really excited to go to Florida and have a really good time there and playing some good teams from around the east coast and west coast. Overall, we’re excited about the trip.”
Unfortunately, Parkland ran into a buzz-saw team in Thomas Edison High School from Virginia in their first game and dropped a 70-31 decision. In their second game, Parkland went up against Ruben S. Ayala High School from Chino Hills, California and fell 68-56.
When the team returns home after its third game, it will jump right back into EPC play against Whitehall (0-1, 1-2) Friday night at home. The holiday break then has the Trojans off until January 3 when they play at Northampton (2-0, 4-0).