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PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKKaitlyn Rothwell is one of five seniors that will graduate from this year’s Parkland girls basketball team. PRESS PHOTO BY LINDA ROTHROCKKaitlyn Rothwell is one of five seniors that will graduate from this year’s Parkland girls basketball team.

PHS girls lose to Abington

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland Lady Trojans saw their season come to an end with a 56-34 loss to Abington in the first round of the PIAA Class 6A tournament last Friday night.

The Galloping Ghosts (23-4) moved on to the second round of the tournament where they defeated Cumberland Valley 52-48 and will now play Upper Dublin in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Meanwhile, for Parkland (15-12) the season is now over and the Trojans say good-bye to five seniors from this year’s squad. Claire Courter, Josi Parilla, Kailtyn Rothwell, Kassidy Stout and Kendra Yeboah will all graduate this spring and move on, leaving Parkland to fill some holes in its lineup.

The good news is that a number of younger players were on the court for a good amount of minutes this season, giving them valuable experience that they’ll bring back next season.

Courter, Rothwell and Stout were all starters for Parkland and all played big roles.

Courter had a big season as a senior and became the player that other teams looked to contain as the season went on. Courter’s ability to hit three-pointers was big for Parkland and when she couldn’t get open looks, she was able to dish the ball off to other shooters.

Rothwell also put together a nice season and was perhaps the most overlooked of the players and had the knack to hit big shots at the right moment for Parkland. Meanwhile, Stout gave the team a big presence inside and teamed with sophomore Lindsay Berger to present match-up problems for other teams.

“Those girls, right from the beginning, were leaders for this team,” said first-year head coach Ed Ohlson. ”I could tell that when they bought in to what we were going to try to do with this team, the other girls were right there with them and that was big for me in my first year with the team.”

The loss of Berger during the playoff run hurt Parkland, as did the loss of Coval midway through the season. Ohlson is excited to have both players returning next season, with Coval heading into her senior year with the team and expected to be a team leader. Ashlyn Fritzinger will also be a senior next season and is among the players who gained a lot of experience on the court and could be in line for an expanded role next season.

Current sophomore Ashley Young also found ways to contribute and found herself in the right spot at the right time in key moments.

Perhaps the biggest development of the season came from two freshman players in Kaz Kennedy and Zoe Wilkinson. One of Kennedy’s best games of the season came against Northampton in a win for the Lady Trojans when she held 1,000-point scorer Victoria Keenan to just 12 points, which went a long way toward locking up the win.

Wilkinson got more minutes as the season went on and showed a lot of poise on the court.

“That was the exciting part, was seeing girls like Kaz and Zoe really starting to put things together and showing what they could do,” said Ohlson, who coached a girls team for the first time in his long coaching career. “I think all of the girls were better at the end of the year than they were at the beginning and that’s what you hope for.

“This was a very young team and we made a lot of changes and they really took it all in stride. I had a lot of fun this season. How could you not? I got to be around the game and a great group of kids who worked hard and made me and the rest of the coaching staff proud every night we went out there.”