PHS girls fall to Southern Lehigh
It’s tough to win a game when not one, but two opposing players score 20 or more points. That’s what happened to the Lady Trojans Monday night in a game that was postponed from earlier this month against Southern Lehigh.
The Lady Spartans (15-3 overall, 12-1 Colonial) are the team to beat in the Colonial League and have shown all season that they can battle with the best teams from any league or any classification.
Ellie Cassel and Olivia Snyder each scored 22 points for Southern Lehigh. Cassel used a three-pointer and went seven-for-eight from the line to reach her total while Snyder simply took what the defense gave her and hit 11 two-pointers, six of which came in a back-and-forth third quarter.
Southern Lehigh held a 25-17 edge at halftime and the two teams battled to a near draw in the third quarter, but the Spartans were able to up their lead to a 10-point advantage through the first 24-minutes of play. The Spartans held Parkland (11-6, 8-4 EPC) to a mere two points on a shot by Ashlyn Fritzinger in the game’s final eight-minutes to make it a 54-34 final.
Parkland uncharacteristically went 0-for-4 from the foul line in the final quarter of the game.
The game was the second straight loss for Parkland, which fell to Central Catholic 36-31 last Friday. In the loss to the Vikettes (12-6, 8-4), Lindsay Berger came out with the hot hand and scored six first quarter points and Parkland led 13-9 after the first eight-minutes. Central Catholic then came back to tie the game in the second quarter and the two teams continued to battle the rest of the way.
The Central Catholic defense was able to shut down most of the Lady Trojans’ offense in the fourth quarter, with Kaz Kennedy being the only Parkland player to score, picking up four of her eight points. Meanwhile, Vikettes shooters hit 5-of-10 shots from the free-throw line to put the game away. Jess Davis scored 13 for Central Catholic and Julia Roth finished with 10.
Claire Courter led Parkland with 13 points against Southern Lehigh and Kennedy and Berger led Parkland, both scoring eight points against the Vikettes.
Parkland has three EPC games and one non-conference game left on its schedule. The Trojans have Emmaus (2-16, 0-13), Whitehall (6-12, 4-8) and Northampton (16-2, 11-1) on their league schedule and they face Cumberland Valley (14-1) on Saturday on the road.
The Lady Trojans still have a shot at a division title, but will need Northampton and Nazareth to both stumble down the stretch. Parkland is still in good shape for a spot in the eight-team EPC playoffs and has already clinched a spot in the District 11 Class 6A tournament.