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PHS girls beat Zephs, fall to ACC, Easton

The Parkland High School girls basketball team was coming off its roughest stretch of the 2022-23 regular season last week after it dropped two games in a row to Pocono Mountain West and Bethlehem Catholic, both in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play.

The Trojans were looking to break their longest losing streak of the season and did so by beating Whitehall at home last Friday. But just like the week prior, two straight setbacks followed, dropping games against Easton on Saturday and then at Central Catholic this past Tuesday.

Parkland needed a victory in a big way after two straight defeats, their first in conference, and they answered last Friday night. The Trojans led from start to finish and took care of Whitehall by double digits, winning 60-31 at home.

Less than 24 hours later, however, Parkland met another one of the top teams in the conference in Easton. The Red Rovers took a 9-4 lead after the opening quarter and then outscored the Trojans 17-7 in the second quarter to go on top 26-11 at halftime. Parkland cut its deficit to just nine points after three, trailing 33-24, but Easton remained out in front and outscored the Trojans 11-9 in the fourth to win 44-33.

Maddie Siggins finished with a game-high 20 points, 14 of which came in the second half when her team attempted the comeback effort. Talia Zurinskas recorded nine points and Lauren Ervin did the rest of the scoring, adding four points.

Parkland got the better of the Vikettes in their first meeting back on January 3, but this time around, it was a different story. Central got some revenge against the Trojans and walked off Rockne Hall as 63-56 winners Tuesday night.

Parkland is now 12-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference.

The Trojans conclude their week with another back-to-back weekend as they are at Allen on Friday night before hosting Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday afternoon.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland's Hailey Sammarco drives to the basket during the Trojans' win over Whitehall last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Parkland senior Alexis Brader handles the ball during the Trojan's wire-to-wire win over Whitehall last week.