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Parkland girls seek repeat

The Parkland High School girls basketball team won the district championship last year for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Trojans are now looking to repeat for the first time in program history.

Parkland earned the three seed in this week’s District 11 6A tournament and will take on the sixth seed, Northampton, on Friday evening at 6 p.m., at Whitehall High School in the quarterfinals. The Trojans are 15-8 overall and finished 13-3 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Kids are 12-10 overall and were 8-8 in conference.

The two teams met twice during the regular season with Parkland coming out on top both times, each game being decided by double digits. The Trojans defeated Northampton in the season opener on Dec. 6, 58-30. They then took down the Kids 40-28 on the last day of January.

Parkland is coming off a 52-41 setback against Bethlehem Catholic in the four-versus-five matchup of the EPC Tournament last week, a quarterfinal round game at Parkland High School. Parkland jumped out to an early lead, going ahead 15-10 after the opening quarter. Five different players hit the scoring column in that frame, including five from Talia Zurinskas. But Becahi caught fire in the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans 16-5 to go on top 26-20 at halftime.

It was just a three-point game (34-31), in favor of Becahi after three, but the Golden Hawks, once again, had a strong quarter in the fourth, outscoring Parkland 18-10 to take the game.

Zurinskas finished with a game-high 17 points. Alexis Brader, Madison Siggins and Delaney Chilcote all tallied six points. Lauren Ervin and Aneri McGalla both recorded three points to round out the scoring for the Trojans. Three Golden Hawks had double figures in points.

The winner of Friday night’s quarterfinal round game will take on the winner of second-seeded Pocono Mountain West against seventh-seeded Liberty. The semifinal round game will be Tuesday night at a neutral site.

PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERB Talia Zurinskas and the Trojans are looking to repeat as District 11 champions. They earned the No. 3 seed in Class 6A and will take on Northampton Friday night in a quarterfinal game.