Parkland got off to a fast start against Allen Monday night and never looked back, downing the Lady Canaries 66-42. Emily Piston scored 16 and Kassidy Stout scored 12 to pace the Trojans. Allen’s Taylor Rae Styles led all scorers with 19 points.
Parkland hit on 21-of-29 fouls shots in the game, including Piston making all six foul shots that were awarded on three technical fouls called on Allen. Canaries coach Stan Broyles was ejected after being hit with two technicals within 18 seconds of each other in the third quarter.
Nazareth and Parkland have now had two impressive battles on the court this season in girls basketball. It was almost two weeks ago when Nazareth beat the Lady Trojans 31-28 in Nazareth.
Tuesday night, the two teams met at Parkland and again, the Lady Blue Eagles came out on top with a 41-38 win.
In the first meeting, Tessa Brugler scored 20 points and she upped her game in the most recent meeting, dropping in a game-high 25 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Parkland’s girls and boys swim teams kept their perfect records intact with wins over Northampton in their most recent meet. Both teams are 8-0 on the season.
The girls team got off to a quick start with Courtney Sicinski, Nicole Nesland and Grace Kennedy taking the top three spots in the 200 freestyle. The girls also swept the top three spots in the 100 freestyle when Megan Sicinski finished first, followed by Laurel Krause and Sheilagh Farrell.
Parkland divers found a lot of success at the midseason Eastern Pennsylvania Conference diving event held at Emmaus High School this past Saturday. Of the eight divers entered by Parkland – the most of any school – four girls swept the top spots and the boys had three finishers in the top six.
Alexa Brinker won the girls competition, finishing ahead of Lexi Lehman, Kate Gottwald and Serena Johnson. On the boys side, Chris Lehman was fourth, Kole Cannon fifth and Devin Cahill sixth. Jack Blommell finished 11th in the event for Parkland.
Believe it or not, the high school basketball season is closing in on the halfway point. The time for answering questions is over and teams are looking to get hot and establish themselves as they fight for conference and district playoff spots.
The Parkland girls had a few more questions than most teams coming into the season. So much so, that some thought this may be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the program, but they’ve found convincing answers to their questions.
Even when the Lady Trojans jumped out to an early 9-0 lead, nobody on the Parkland bench was assuming that the rest of the night was going to be as easy.
With multiple weapons to strike with, Northampton was bound to battle back and they did. In the end though, it was Parkland that came out on top thanks to some heroics from Devyn Anderson in the game’s final seconds, giving Parkland a 57-56 win over the Konkrete Kids.
With the first month of the high school basketball season coming to an end, the Lady Trojans are fitting the pieces together very nicely and are off to a 4-1 start overall, with a 3-1 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s Skyline Division.
For the first 16 minutes of their matchup with rival Emmaus, the Lady Trojans played OK, but not great. In the last 16 minutes, they showed why they continue to be one of the top teams in the Lehigh Valley.
Holding high-scoring Emmaus to just 14 second-half points, Parkland walked away with a 62-39 win over the Hornets. The win moved the Lady Trojans to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The second annual Cedar Crest Invitational was held Saturday at Parkland High School. The event, organized by Parkland coach Rob Robitaille and Emmaus coach Tim O’Connor, brings seven other schools in for opening day of the season.
The event doesn’t track points and has no consideration in any season standings, but it does give the swimmers an opportunity to gauge where they are at the start of the season.
Some tough tests are coming early for Parkland this season. Their season opener brought a trip to play Lancaster Catholic (1-1), the defending District 3 Class 3A champions, and game two of the season was a conference game against Bethlehem Catholic (1-1, 1-0). The result was a split decision, with a 45-37 win over the Crusaders and a 45-39 loss to the Golden Hawks Tuesday night on Parkland’s home court.