Girls need one win to reach EPC playoff
The Nazareth girls basketball team is hot team right now, having won four of its last five games. Unfortunately for Parkland, the first and the latest of those wins have come against the Trojans (9-4 EPC, 11-7 overall). After falling to Nazareth 42-40 in their first meeting, Nazareth (9-4, 13-6) downed Parkland 46-35 on Tuesday night.
“They’re a good team and they kept us from doing some of the things that we wanted to do against them,” said Parkland head coach Wes Spence. “They changed up their defense at times and I wasn’t able to get us into a position to win the game.”
In the first meeting between the two teams, Nazareth combined for three 3-pointers, but junior Madison Amy opened up her three-point shot in the latest game, hitting four shots from beyond the arc as Nazareth nailed six three-pointers in all. Amy finished with 13 points in the game. Talya Brugler scored 10 for the Blue Eagles, with all 10 coming on a perfect night for her from the foul line.
For Parkland, Lindsay Berger scored 10 points and Julia Buchman had nine, all of which came from three-pointers.
It’s possible that the two teams will meet again either in the conference playoffs or in districts, but Spence isn’t concerned about having lost the two regular season meetings between the two teams.
“Playoffs are really a different thing,” stressed Spence. “You’re on a neutral court and there’s a different atmosphere to the games. It’s a cliché, but you really can throw out what happened during the regular season. Every team you’re going to see is going to be good and you never know who’s going to win any particular game.”
The Lady Trojans need one more conference win to clinch a spot in the EPC playoffs, but they’ve already wrapped up a spot in districts. Three of their remaining four games are against conference opponents Whitehall (4-8, 7-11), Allen (7-5, 13-5) and Northampton (9-3, 13-5). The season finale with the Konkrete Kids, which is at home, could determine the winner of the Skyline Division.
Spence believes that coming down to the last part of the season, his team is in pretty good shape. He points out that all season long his players have been coachable and have worked hard to get to the point that they’re at right now. As with every team, there are things that Spence would like to see improve.
“I think the one thing that we could do better is to be more consistent,” said Spence. “Even in games that we win, we have some spurts where we get away from doing what we want to do and don’t play our best. If you do that against the better teams that you’ll see in the playoffs, you won’t be able to go too far.”