Parkland girls basketball finishes off Freedom with free throws

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 girls basketball finishes off Freedom with free throws

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 kcraig@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KyleCraigSports. Find Lehigh Valley high school sports on Facebook.

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