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Parkland girls return north, beat ACC

The Parkland High School girls basketball team enjoyed its winter break as it traveled south to play in a two-day tournament at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The Trojans then flew back and returned to play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference against Central Catholic.

In the first game down south, Parkland took on Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, New York. The Trojans suffered their first setback of the season in that game and had to deal with travel issues along the way.

Parkland defeated Pisgah High School from Canton, North Carolina, 44-41. Neither game had statistics reported. Parkland actually had to miss a game because of a flight getting canceled. That turned into a 19-hour bus ride to Florida.

In the victory over the Vikettes this past Tuesday, the Trojans erased a quiet third quarter in which they trailed following it, to then outscore Central 15-2 in a strong final quarter to win the game 34-22, to remain undefeated in conference at 5-0. They are 7-1 overall.

Parkland had just one field goal and three points overall in that third quarter and was down 20-19 heading into the fourth. The Vikettes even opened the quarter with a basket to go ahead by three, but the Trojans ended the game on a 15-0 run. Central took a 22-19 advantage with 7:28 left in the fourth quarter. Aneri McGalla then connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to put Parkland ahead 25-22 with 5:50 remaining in the fourth.

Junior Talia Zurinskas led the Trojans with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Delaney Chilcote scored eight points. McGalla finished with six points.

Parkland plays at Wilson West Lawn in a nonconference game Wednesday and then at East Stroudsburg North in EPC play Friday night.