Girls go 4-2 at Cedar Beach
Ed Ohlson only took over as the Parkland girls basketball head coach a little over a month ago. The former PHS boys assistant coach got a good look at his team in one of the summer’s top tournaments last weekend.
Parkland advanced to the final day of the Bash at the Beach Tournament at Cedar Beach Park. The Lady Trojans went 4-2 in the 17-team double-elimination tournament.
“Right now we have very few plays,” Ohlson said. “Even if this was my second year, we would have a ton of plays, and people could throw stuff at us and we would know how to handle it.”
Parkland was without a number of players at times during the tournament, including incoming-senior starters Kassidy Stout and Shelby Staib.
The Lady Trojans got off to a fast start in the tournament. They defeated league foe Allen on Friday night, then followed that with a victory against Dieruff on Saturday morning to advance to the semifinals of the winner’s bracket.
“I thought we played pretty well against both [Dieruff and Allen],” Ohlson said. “Defensively we were very good, which is going to be way ahead of our offense. I think we’ve been together two or three hours in open gyms, so it’s not been a ton of time.”
Sunday morning Parkland saw its biggest test of the tournament. The Trojans’ offense struggled against a Notre Dame (Green Pond) team that went on to the championship game before falling short against Nazareth. The Lady Trojans were without Stout and Staib in that contest.
“We didn’t hit any shots today,” Ohlson said of the Notre Dame game. “We’ve been hitting our shots all summer, but today they just didn’t fall. I didn’t think our defense was quite where we want it.”
After the loss to Notre Dame, Parkland responded with wins against Jim Thorpe and Allen on Sunday afternoon.
The run came to an end against Nazareth in the consolation bracket semifinals.
More importantly that wins and losses, Ohlson is making sure his group can come together and form the chemistry needed to succeed in the winter.
“What we are looking for from our girls right now is intensity, how hard you play, and how well you play together,” Ohlson said. “That has been excellent all summer. It doesn’t matter if we are missing one person or two people. I think by the time February comes around we’ll be pretty good.”
Parkland also had a JV team in the varsity tournament at Cedar Beach. The junior varsity squad dropped a games against Jim Thorpe and University City.
Ohlson most recently was an assistant coach on the Salisbury boys’ basketball team under Jason Weaver. He had also been helping at Liberty and Becahi in recent years. After being an assistant for the Parkland boys for eight years, he became the head coach of the Northampton boys for eight years. His final season was in 2012.