In last year’s District 11 Class 6A championship game, the Parkland girls basketball team won a low scoring 30-29 thriller over Northampton.
On Tuesday night as another season gets started, the Trojans won the rematch in very different fashion.
Parkland made seven 3-pointers in the first quarter to open up a 16-point lead after the first and rolled to a 58-30 road victory over Northampton.
“I think we worked really hard in practice and I think what we do in practice resembles what we did in tonight’s game,” Trojans junior forward Madi Siggins said. “I worked over the summer to improve my game for my teammates and I think it all really worked out for tonight’s game.”
“We’ve really put an emphasis this preseason on shooting,” Parkland coach Eh Ohlson said. “We shoot quite a bit. We have very good shooters and I think they’re even better now because of the emphasis we put on the shooting.”
Siggins scored 19 points for the Trojans with 14 coming in the first half. Siggins connected on a pair of 3-pointers and had 10 points in the opening quarter.
senior guard Alexis Brader hit three 3-pointers in the opening quarter and finished with 12 points in the game for Parkland. Brader, who started her career at Southern Lehigh, played limited minutes and didn’t suit up for the postseason last year.
“It was amazing,” Brader said. “I love this team. We all work really well together. And tonight we really clicked.”
“She’s one of our hardest workers,” Ohlson said of Brader. “She’s there at every open gym we have. She comes at 6 o’clock in the morning for shooting workouts. She’s just made herself into a great player.”
Talia Zurinskas, a junior guard, connected on a 3-pointer in the first quarter and added three more in the game. The junior finished the night with 16 points.
Sophomore guard Delaney Chilcote also had a 3-pointer in the first quarter and ended the night with eight points.
Northampton took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a Madelyn Hurst 3-pointer. Brader connected on her first 3-pointer with 6:30 remaining in the first to tie the game. After a bucket by senior Grace Lesko gave the Konkrete Kids a 5-3 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter, Zurinskas answered with a 3-pointer 10 seconds later to allow Parkland to retake the lead. The Trojans led the rest of the night.
Brader made a 3-pointer with 4:30 remaining in the first quarter to increase the lead to 9-5. After a Hurst 3-pointer trimmed the Trojans’ lead to one point, Siggins made a 3-pointer to push the Parkland lead to 12-8 with 3:50 left in the first. Chilcote and Brader hit back-to-back 3′s to make it a 10-point lead. Siggins made three more field goals to close out the 25-point quarter for the Trojans.
“Starting off with a bunch of those 3′s and getting Madi the ball down low early and shutting down Grace (Lesko) in the beginning of the game really got our energy going,” Zurinskas said. “Got the team on the bench going and brought everyone’s spirits up. It’s a good way to start the season.”
Lesko scored 15 points to lead the Konkrete Kids, who fell to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Northampton will host Liberty on Friday night.
“It’s only one game of the season. It’s early,” Concrete Kids coach Jeff Jacksits said. “I think we beat them last year the first game (42-34). It comes and goes. Hopefully, we split. It will be tough. They got a nice team. I said they were one of the top 3 teams in our league this year coming back.”
The Trojans improved to 1-0 overall on the season and will host Nazareth on Friday night.
“I think we played really good defense,” Siggins said. “I think we got a lot of offensive boards. We worked really well on offense, passing the ball, getting the flow going.”
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