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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKParkland’s Claire Courter scored a game-high 18 points in the Trojans’ win over Pleasant Valley last week. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKParkland’s Claire Courter scored a game-high 18 points in the Trojans’ win over Pleasant Valley last week.

Girls fall to Kids in district semifinal

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Ed Ohlson is never the kind to duck the media after a bad game. With that being said, he admittedly wasn’t looking forward to reliving the events that led his team to a 60-47 loss in the District 11 Class 6A semifinal game against Northampton. It was one of those nights where things just didn’t go well for Parkland and the game quickly slowly slid away from the Trojans.

The low point of the night was the second quarter when the Lady Trojans uncharacteristically turned the ball over eight times and struggled to find open shots. The result was being held to just five points in the quarter, while Northampton scored 12 to turn a four-point Parkland lead at the end of the first quarter into a 24-21 deficit at halftime.

“You look up and even with how we played in that quarter, we’re still only down by three,” said Ohlson. “We thought we were in good shape, but then they slowly started to pull away in the second half and we couldn’t stick with them. We couldn’t get shots to fall and we got a little impatient with some shots and things got away from us.”

In their last meeting with Northampton, which was a 53-34 Parkland win, 1,000-point scorers Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers were held to a total of just 16 points. In this matchup, Keenan had 13 by halftime and went on to lead the charge in the second half when she scored 19 points to finish with a game-high 32. Rogers finished the night with 16 points of her own and pulled down six rebounds.

A key for Northampton was wearing down Parkland defensively, which made guarding Keenan much tougher in the second half.

“You can’t take anything away from Victoria [Keenan], I believe she’s the best player in the league, but it gets easier for her to score when you’re tired,” said Ohlson. “They wore us down pretty good and in the second half. We were chasing her on defense and that made it too easy.”

The Konkrete Kids defense focused on senior Claire Courter, who was held to just seven points. They paid particular attention to her ability to shoot from beyond the three-point line where she can heat up quickly. The focus on Courter left junior Ashlyn Fritzinger open to shoot threes and she didn’t disappoint, hitting three three-pointers to finish with a team-high 11 points in the game.

Parkland was playing without sophomore Lindsay Berger, who along with Kassidy Stout, provides a discernable size advantage down low for Parkland. Berger hurt an ankle during the win over Pleasant Valley in the district quarterfinals and is doubtful to return to the lineup for Parkland during the postseason.

Parkland opened the district tournament with a 50-36 win over Pleasant Valley in last Thursday’s preliminary round. Courter scored a game-high 18 points in the win while Berger contributed nine points.

The Lady Trojans return to the court tonight in the District 11 consolation game against Nazareth. The Blue Eagles fell to Freedom 48-32 in the other semifinal matchup. Parkland is guaranteed a spot in the PIAA tournament, which begins next Friday.

Freedom and Northampton will battle for the district championship game. Parkland and Nazareth tip-off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Easton Middle School, with the championship game to follow.