Parkland’s girls basketball team had high hopes coming into the PIAA Tournament, but knew that its road to a championship would be a difficult one, to say the least. First up was a tough Central Bucks South team, which provided more than enough competition, downing Parkland 45-27 to end the Lady Trojans’ season.
The Parkland girls basketball team dropped the District 11 third-place game to Northampton last week, 53-47.
The momentum shuffled back and forth much of the game, with Parkland taking the lead after the first and third quarters, but Northampton holding the lead at halftime and when it mattered most.
The Kids’ Victoria Keenan (24 points) and Aja Blount (19 points) led all scorers. Parkland (18-8) was led by Devyn Anderson’s 12 points, and Kassidy Stout had 10 for the Lady Trojans.
The Parkland girls swimming team conquered its ninth straight District 11 Championship last weekend in their home pool. Thanks to a good lead coming into the event from a strong performance in the diving portion of the championship, Parkland bested rival Emmaus by a score of 401-385 in the girls competition. The boys team finished second in team standings behind Emmaus by a 401-308.5 score.
In the swimming portion of districts, Zoe Sheridan took gold and a guaranteed spot at states in the 500 freestyle, besting her closest competition by just over four seconds in the event.
Few high school players can take over a game like Sam Iorio. Coming into the fourth quarter against Stroudsburg, Iorio had 21 points before scoring 18 of the Trojans 20 fourth-quarter points to lead his team to a 63-54 win over the Mounties (13-10).
The win put Parkland in Wednesday’s District 11 semifinal with top-seeded Allen. That game was played after Press deadlines.
Even with a disappointing 51-31 loss to Easton in the District 11 semifinals, there is still plenty of work for Parkland to do on the court this season.
The loss moved the Lady Trojans (18-7) into the third-place game to determine finishers in the district, which will affect seeding for the PIAA Tournament, which starts next weekend.
Parkland will play Northampton (16-9) at Freedom High School Thursday at 6 p.m.. The Konkrete Kids lost to defending champion and top-seed Nazareth 53-42.
Echoing what took place in the EPC Diving Championship, Parkland girls took the top four spots in the District 11 Diving meet at Emmaus High School last weekend. Lexi Lehman, the top finisher, and second place Alexa Brinker guaranteed themselves spots in the PIAA Diving Championships later this month. Kate Gottwald finished third and Kaitlyn Smykowski finished fourth for the Lady Trojans.
Parkland came into last week’s semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament looking to knock off top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic, which had beaten the Lady Trojans (17-6) during the regular season in their only meeting.
Things looked promising for a while, but Beca was able to get a couple of Parkland players in foul trouble and pulled away for a 47-39 win over Parkland to advance to the EPC finals, where the Lady Hawks (23-2) downed Easton, the defending league champ, 45-40.
Both the Parkland boys and girls teams put up challenges in their season finale against rival Emmaus, with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship on the line. In the end though, Emmaus pulled off wins late in the meet to beat the Parkland boys 98-88 and the girls 100-86. The Emmaus win over the girls was especially surprising because Emmaus hadn’t beaten the Parkland girls in about a decade or more in the regular season.
As they did in the previous Eastern Pennsylvania Conference midseason diving meet last month, Parkland’s girl divers swept the top four spots in the final standings last weekend at the postseason EPC Diving Championships.
Lexi Lehman, who finished second to Alexa Brinker in the January meet, took the top spot this time, followed by Kaitlyn Smykowski, Kate Gottwald and Serena Johnson. Brinker didn’t compete in the most recent event, and was replaced by Smykowski. Gottwald and Johnson finished third and fourth, respectively, last month.
Once again, the daunting defense of the Lady Trojans combined with their go-with-who’s-hot offensive approach resulted in a win for Parkland in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Confernece girls tournament.
Parkland downed Pocono Mountain East 44-28 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament where they faced top-seed Bethlehem Catholic. (That game was played Wednesday, after Press deadlines.)