Buchman scores 17 in win over Emmaus
The good news for Nazareth is that it beat Parkland 42-40 late last week in a key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup. The bad news for Nazareth is that Parkland now has the Blue Eagles marked on their schedule for when the two teams meet in a rematch.
Last week’s game bounced back and forth. Parkland led by as much as seven, but the pesky Blue Eagles kept coming back and were able to pick up the win. Talya Brugler led Nazareth with 15 points, but it was Claire Courter who lit up the board with 19 points, including three three-pointers for the Lady Trojans. Julia Buchman also had 10 for Parkland as she converted on two three-pointers.
“It would be really cool to say ‘we’re going to come back from Florida and not going to lose a game again,’ but the reality is that for most teams, that’s not the case,” said coach Wes Spence. “We certainly didn’t want to lose Friday night, but you’re going to have ups and you’re going to have downs. Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough things well and I didn’t put us in a position often enough for us to be successful Friday.”
One player who knows exactly when Parkland gets another crack at Nazareth is Buchman, who came up with 17 points in a win against Emmaus Monday night. After a slow start to the season, Buchman has found her shot and is going to be much more of a scoring weapon than she has been in the first half, which isn’t good news for opponents.
“We’re a really competitive team, so that hurt a little, but it will motivate us the next time we play them,” said Buchman, who as a senior is one of the team leaders. “We’re looking forward to that.”
Spence likes how Buchman leads by example in all areas of the game and how she does all of the little things that the team needs to be successful. Spence believes the best way to describe Buchman is “steady.”
“That’s the perfect word for her,” said Spence. “She does all the little things, too. I know she had some games earlier in the year where she wasn’t scoring as much, but she’s a team leader as far as getting other kids involved and she’s playing great defense. She takes charges. She puts her body on the line and every night she leads by example. So it’s great to see now that the shot’s coming around.”
Buchman, who is going to continue her academic and athletic careers at Mercyhurst University majoring in finance, didn’t let her early scoring slump derail the fact that she is able to help her team in different ways. She admits that it was frustrating, but she simply remained patient, put in her work in practice and looked for other ways to contribute.
“I tried to focus on the other aspects of the game, working on assists, boxing out, rebounding,” she said. “My coach just kept telling me my shot’s going to come and it has. I’m really happy about that.”
Buchman is 20-of-25 from the free-throw line this season for Parkland, including hitting eight straight against Nazareth and Emmaus. Another of the big weapons in Buchman’s offensive arsenal is the ability to hit three-pointers. She nailed three in the win over Emmaus and is a constant outside threat.
“When I don’t think about it, it just flows naturally,” said Buchman of shooting three-pointers. “My teammates got me the ball and set a lot of good screens, so the shots were there.”