Parkland 65, Freedom 54 – Rapid Recap
The Parkland High School girls basketball team’s 68 percent success rate at the free throw line was modest.
The Trojans’ 41 attempts from the charity stripe were a little more eyebrow-raising.
Second-seeded Parkland used the foul line to pull away for a 65-54 victory over No. 7 Freedom in the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals on Thursday night at Whitehall High School’s Coach Tracy Court.
Turning point: Freedom went ice cold to start the second half and Parkland manufactured points at the foul line to fuel a 13-2 run, which turned a two-point halftime lead into a 43-30 advantage with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter.
The Trojans went 23-for-30 from the foul line in the second half.
Top performers: Emily Piston had a game-high 19 points for the Trojans, making 9 of her 12 free throws. Kassidy Stout finished with 15 points, all in the first three quarters.
Hailey Silfies led the Patriots with 15 points.
What it means: Parkland (18-6) advances to meet Easton, which defeated Allen, in the district semifinals on Monday at a time and site to be determined.
Freedom, which was making its first district playoff appearance since 2010, closes out the year at 14-10.
Kyle Craig may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @KyleCraigSports. Find Lehigh Valley high school sports on Facebook.
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