Ohlson, girls start season 3-0
Ed Ohlson has a perfect record so far as a girls basketball coach. The longtime boys coach who took over the Parkland girls program this year has the Lady Trojans off to a 2-0 start with wins over Harrisburg and Emmaus. Now is when things get a little tougher with games against Central Catholic, Central Dauphin East and Northampton in the next week.
One of the most noticeable signs through the first two games is that Claire Courter can hit three-pointers. She nailed five of them against Harrisburg in Parkland’s 55-50 win and then made four-of-six attempts from behind the arc against Emmaus. She tallied 25 points against Harrisburg and added 17 more against the Hornets, while taking part of the second half off as the Trojans (1-0 EPC, 2-0 overall) extended their lead to as much as 26 points.
Parkland was six-for-12 on three-point shots against Emmaus, with Mia Coval also burying a three in the first half.
Ohlson was able to empty his bench in the 54-29 win over Emmaus. The play of younger players off the bench has been a key factor for the Lady Trojans through two games. Senior Kassidy Stout pointed to the younger players stepping up as one of the most impressive signs through the first two games.
“It’s how much the underclassmen have stepped up,” said Stout about the most pleasant surprise so far this season. “They’re filling some big roles for us and they’re pushing up the older girls in practice every day and I’m so proud and happy for them that they can come into a varsity game and play as well as they have. They really did a good job.”
Sophomore Lindsay Berger has stepped into a starting role with the team and has 13 points in two games. Freshman Kaz Kennedy came off the bench to score four points against Emmaus. While not an underclassman, senior Kendra Yeboah also made the most of her minutes off the bench Tuesday night, scoring five points and giving the team some quality defensive play down low, including taking a hard charge late in the game.
In addition to Courter’s 17 points, Parkland got eight from Stout, seven from Kaitlynn Rothwell and five each from Yeboah and Mia Coval. Emmaus (0-1, 0-2) was led by senior Anne Glowacki, who scored 18 points, and at one point scored 15 straight points for the Hornets, including hitting three, three-pointers in the game.
“It’s a great way to start the season,” said Stout, who is looking forward to the tougher games on the schedule. “We’ve got to keep the energy up because we’ve got some hard games coming up, so we have to work hard in practice to get ready for those games. We take it one game at a time and we can’t look too far ahead. We’ve got to get through one game before we start looking ahead to the next.”
With upcoming games against Northampton (1-0, 2-1) and Central Catholic (0-1, 1-2), Parkland will get its first East Penn Conference tests of the season. Those three teams, in addition to Nazareth (1-0, 2-1), all battled each other for supremacy in the Skyline Division last season and figure to do so again. Of the toughest teams in the division, the Lady Trojans lost the most talent to graduation, so the younger players will have to continue to step up.
Parkland is at Central Catholic Friday night and then hosts Central Dauphin East Saturday. Northampton comes in next Tuesday.