Published December 30. 2022 08:02AM
by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press
The 2022-23 season is an exciting and important one for the Parkland High School girls basketball team. The Trojans are coming off winning their first District 11 championship since the 2013-14 season and are looking to defend the title this season.
So far, so good for Parkland as the Trojans have opened up the regular season by winning their first three games, all within the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and all were decided by double figures.
In the season opener on the road at Northampton, the Trojans led from start to finish and shook off any rust that would come up with an opening game in taking down the Kids 58-30 to begin the season undefeated and get off on the right foot from the get-go.
Three days later Parkland kept its foot on the gas, and this time, in front of the home crowd, came away with a dominant, 58-29 victory against Nazareth. After taking an 18-10 lead after the opening quarter, the Trojans seemingly put the game out of reach in the second quarter by outscoring the Blue Eagles 21-10 to take a 39-20 advantage into halftime. It was more of the same in the second half as Parkland took that one.
Against Nazareth, Talia Zurinskas and Madi Siggins had big games offensively and did most of the scoring for their offense. The duo combined for 41 points and seven 3-pointers, including five from Zurinskas. Delaney Chilcote recorded seven points and both Alexis Brader and Aneri McGalla finished with five points to round out the scoring for Parkland.
This past Tuesday, the Trojans were at it once again and kept their scoring margin up, defeating Allen 67-21 as that one was never really in doubt from the opening whistle until the final buzzer sounded.
Parkland concludes the week with a trip to play Pocono Mountain East on Friday night. The Trojans then host Liberty next Tuesday in their last game before Christmas.
Parkland is tied with Emmaus in first place in the EPC West Division, both at 3-0.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Madi Siggins scored 39 points over the Trojans' first two games of the 2022-23 season. She poured in a game-high 19 against Northampton and scored 20 against Nazareth.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Talia Zurinskas scored a game-high 21 points in Parkland's win over Nazareth.