Parkland Women Hold On To Big Win Over ICC

February 14th, 2018

The #25 Parkland Women’s Basketball  shot 82% from the line and had four players finish with between 14 and 16 points, as the Cobras defeated #10 Illinois Central 74-68 in a Region 24 showdown.  The victory moves the Cobras to (18-5 and 5-2 in the Region) while ICC drops to (19-7 and 3-3). With just two weeks to go in the regular season, the Cobras now stand 2nd in the 8 team field.

Parkland jumped out to an early 20-10 lead on Wednesday as the Cobras were a perfect 10-10 at the line in the quarter. The Cougars however finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two after the opening 10 minutes. PC still led 32-28 with 4:04 until halftime but ICC went on a 8-2 run to end the quarter and led 36-34 at the break.

The third quarter saw the teams trade buckets before the Cougars took their biggest lead of the game at 51-46 with 2:35 remaining in the 3rd quarter. This time it was the Cobras turn to finish a quarter strong as they cut the margin to one at 53-52 with 10 to play. The Cobras led 58-57 with 7:03 to go and went on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 66-57 with 4:07  remaining. ICC would crawl back to within three at 69-66 with 1:08 to go but  Michah Tapscot and Crystal Mathis each made a pair of free throws  to extend the lead back to 73-66 and the Cobras held on for the victory.

Balance was the key for PC as Tapscott led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Dooley had 15 points and 6 boards while Madelyn Brouwer made 6 of 9 shots and finished with 15 points as well. Mathis also was in double figures with 14 points and Heather DeLuca just missed joining them as she ended the game with 9 points and 5 assists.  Parkland shot 47% for the game and made 23-28 free throws including a perfect 8-8 by Dooley. ICC was led by Madison Faulkner with 14 points and Bailey Larsen with 12. The Cougars shot just 39% from the field and made just 30% of their shots in the second half.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Parkland as they travel to Lincoln on Saturday to take on the #15 Lynx (22-2). Lincoln pounded the Cobras by 24 points earlier this season.  PC has won five straight since that defeat while the Lynx are coming off only their 2nd defeat of the season last Saturday at John Wood. The two teams are tied for the M-WAC lead at 4-1 with 5 games to play.


Cobra Women Win Big Over Danville

February 7th, 2018

The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team raced out to a 22-9 lead after one quarter Wednesday and then cruised to a 68-37 victory over visiting Danville. The win improves the Cobras to (16-5 3-1) while Danville falls to (3-18 0-4). The game was never in doubt as PC shot 50% in the opening quarter and forced 11 Jaguar turnovers.

Parkland extended their lead to 38-18 at the half,  with sophomore Ryan Dooley scoring 15 points in the opening twenty minutes. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter but PC pulled away with 18-8 margin over the final period.  The Cobras shot 52% on the evening while DACC made just 35% of their shots and committed 27 turnovers.  Dooley paced the PC attack with 19 points and also had six steals. Janiece Thomas came off the bench to add 13 points and grab 9 rebounds.  Heather DeLuca and Madelyn Brouwer each scored 10 points while Crystal Mathis had 8 points and 6 assists for the victorious Cobras.  DACC was led by Amari Brodie who had a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.

Parkland will be on the road this Saturday as they take on Lincoln Land in an important M-WAC and Region 24 contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 in Springfield.


Parkland Women Headed to Nationals

March 12th, 2017

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team raced out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back as they buried top-seed Illinois Central College 81-54 to win the Region 24 title. The victory send the Cobras to the NJCAA D-2 WBB National Tournament at North Arkansas CC March 21-25. The win avenges an 18 point regular season loss to the Cougars and sends PC to their third trip to Nationals in the last four years.

Layne Buzan got the Cobras off and running as she scored 11 points in the opening quarter as she made three 3’s and a pair of free throws to give PC a 21-8 lead after the first ten minutes. Parkland did not let up as they continued their hot shooting and extended their lead to 42-17 at the break.  Parkland shot 50% in the opening half including 7-14 from behind the arc while ICC was an ice-cold 18% making just 5-28 shots.

The Cobras kept up their defensive intensity as well after the break as they would not let ICC get any closer than 22 points for the rest of the contest.  Parkland shot 52% for the game while ICC finished at 32%. Parkland also made 19 of 25 free throws and out rebounded ICC 35-30.  PC made 10-19 three’s in the contest while ICC connected on just 2-18.  

Karlee Ziliak had one of her best games of the season as she led the way with 18 points on 7-10 shooting. Kerstyn Lowery was steady throughout adding 17 points, 6 assists, and 4 boards while Buzan finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.  Ryan Dooley came off the bench to add 10 points as well.  ICC was led by Brianna Henson who who finished with 14 points. 

Congratulations to Mike Lindemann, his staff, and players on advancing to Nationals!


Cobras Win Double Overtime Thriller to Reach Region 24 Title Game

March 11th, 2017

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team rallied from down four with 1:14 left to force overtime and then held on for a wild 70-67 double overtime win over rival Lake Land. The victory moves the Cobras (24-6) into the championship game where they will take on Illinois Central (25-6). The Cougars won a hard fought 70-65 game over Lewis and Clark in the afternoon’s first game. 

The Lakers jumped out to a quick lead on Saturday as they knocked down six 3’s in the opening quarter to take a 21-14 lead.  Both teams struggled to score in the second period but the Cobras did close the gap to just 27-24 at the break.  Lake Land extended their lead to as many as eight in the 3rd quarter at 36-28 with 3:34 left but PC finished the quarter on a 10-2 run to cut the margin to 40-38.

Ryan Dooley’s lay-up with 6:40 to go gave the Cobras their first lead of the second half at 43-42 but PC struggled at the line in the quarter allowing the Lakers to hang with them. Tied at 48, Lake Land would get back to back baskets by Cayla Yates to give the Lakers a 52-48 lead.  Lowery hit a runner with 1:02 to go and following a LLC turnover, Lowery scored on a drive with 27.2 left and had a chance to put PC ahead but missed the free throw. Both teams had a final possession but could not score sending the game to overtime.

In the first extra period, neither team would lead by more than two but missed chances in the final minute to pull out the win. The second overtime started quickly as Kyra Washington hit a shot and Lowery drained a three to put PC on top 66-63.   Layne Buzan’s bucket kept the lead at three but Jay’La Davis lay-in made it 68-67 with 1:55 to go.  Lowery was called for a charge with 1:37 left but Lake Land missed a three, Parkland missed a three, and the Lakers turned the ball over before Lowery was fouled with 24.2 left. She again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 69-67 but Dymond Randle was fouled with 10.5 left on the clock. She missed both free throw attempts and Heather DeLuca was fouled with 9.1.  After missing the first, she sank the second  to push the lead to three and a Lake Land three fell short at the buzzer as PC secured the win.

Lowery led PC with 21 points as she made 7-16 from the field but struggled at the line making just 4-10.  Layne Buzan added 19 points and 8 boards. Payton Bieber and Heather DeLuca both had 8 while Kyra Washington had 8 rebounds.  PC shot 45% from the field but made just 13-22 at the line.  Lake Land’s Randle paced a balanced attack as she had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.  Davis and Yates finished with 12 while Kassidy Bonebrake had 10.   After making the six three’s in  the opening quarter, the Lakers missed their final 16 shots behind the arc, including the final shot of the ball game.   


Cobra Women Open Region 24 Tournament With Dominant Win Over Lincoln

March 10th, 2017

The Parkland Women outscored Lincoln 43-30 in the second half on the way to a 76-58 win over the Lynx. The victory moves PC (23-6) into the semi-finals where they will take on the winner of the Lincoln Land-Lake Land contest. 

After a slow start which saw the Cobras tied at 17 after the opening quarter, PC would grab a five point 33-28 lead at the break.  The second half was all Parkland as they pulled away for the 18 point win. 

Kyra Washington continued her strong play as she came off the bench to score 17 points knocking down 4-6 from behind the arc.  Avery Hamm added 15 points as she made three 3's  while Layne Buzan had 13 points, 4-6 from behind the arc, and 8 rebounds.  The Cobras shot 48% from the field and made 11-23 from three-point land.  Payton Bieber just missed a double-double with 8 points and 10 boards while Kerstyn Lowery had 8 points and dished out 5 assists.  


Parkland Women Control DACC and Win Conference Title

March 1st, 2017

The #16 Parkland College Women’s Basketball team beat Danville 84-60 on Wednesday night and clinched their 7th straight M-WAC title PC had earned a share of the title with the when but clinched the outright title when 2nd place Lewis and Clark dropped a 64-63 decision at home to John Wood. The Cobras (21-6 8-1) beat the Jaguars for the second time this season and will play at Lincoln Land in their regular season finale on Saturday.

The Cobras were methodical in the victory, outscoring the visitors by six points in every quarter. PC led 18-12 after the first 10 minutes and extended their lead to 37-25 at the half. The margin was 62-44 after three as Parkland cruised to the win.  Three players finished in double figures as 11 of the 12 players scored.  Kyra Washington led the way with 14 points as she hit 4-6 from three-point range and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Avery Hamm also hit four three’s as she finished with 12 points and Kerstyn Lowery added 11.   Three players finished with 8 points as Layne Buzan had 8 points and 9 boards, Charity Godbold had 8 points and 4 assists, while Payton Bieber finished with 8 points and 6 boards.  The Cobras shot 49% for the game and were a perfect 8-8 at the line.  DACC got a huge game from Brelanair Cox who had 23 points and 11 rebounds.  Ra’Shay Trentin came off the bench to score 15 as the pair had 38 of DACC’s 60 points. 


Cobras Overcome Sloppy Play And Secure Win

February 25th, 2017

The #12 Parkland Women overcame a cold shooting day and 20 turnovers as they rallied to upend John Wood 57-54 Saturday afternoon in Quincy.  The victory keeps the Cobras in first place in the M-WAC with a record of (20-6 7-1) while John Wood drops to (12-14 5-3).  Parkland can wrap up at least a tie for the M-WAC title with a win in their regular season home finale on Wednesday night.


Another slow start saw the Cobras down 20-12 after one quarter as Micahela Gronewold dominated the Cobras scoring 12 points in the quarter. PC would chip away at the lead and found themselves down six, 32-26 at the break. The third quarter was more of the same as PC struggled to scored and were still down 42-37 with 10 minutes to play. Much like in the Cobras home win over the Blazers, the 4th quarter was the difference as PC outscored the host school 20-12 to win by three.


The two teams were tied at 53 before Kyra Washington was fouled and made a pair of free throws with 23.9 left to give PC a two-point lead.  The Cobras fouled Gronewold with 11.1 seconds remaining but her first shot rimmed out before making the second to cut the deficit to one.  Kerstyn Lowery went to the line with 2.9 to go and made both free throws to push the lead to three, and Gronewold’s desperation three was partially blocked by Washington as the Cobras held on for the win.


Parkland finished the game with four players in double figures, led by Washington who came off the bench to score 12 points and grab 4 rebounds.  Layne Buzan added 10 points and 6 boards, Karlee Ziliak had 10 points and 3 assists, while Kerstyn Lowery had 10 points and 3 steals.   PC shot just 37.% on the afternoon and just 60% from the line.   John Wood was led by Michaela Gronewold who had 25 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. Autumn Voigt was the only other player in double digits with 10.   PC won the game by converting 19 points off 24 JWCC turnovers and by outscoring the John Wood bench 22-14.  Those numbers off set dominance by the Blazers in the paint where they outrebounded PC 36-31 and outscored them 32-18.


Cobras Get Back on Track Taking Down Lincoln

February 18th, 2017

Three days after a slow start doomed the #11 Parkland Women’s team in a road loss to ICC, the Cobras used a quick start on Saturday to build an early and cruise to an 83-39 win over Lincoln.   The Cobras led 20-6 after the first quarter and 33-14 at half before a 28-3 run in the third quarter put the contest away.


Parkland won despite not shooting well, just 39.7 on the afternoon, but held the Lynx to an ice cold 24.5% while also dominating the glass 46-31 and forcing 28 turnovers.   Kerstyn Lowery paced the Cobra attack as she scored 11 in the first half and ended with a game high 24. Lowery also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists.  Payton Bieber had a strong game as she scored 12 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to earn the double-double.  Kyra Washington came off the bench to add 12 points and chase down five rebounds. Ryan Dooley handed out 5 of the Cobras 20 assists while Layne Buzan and Reaghan Vaugn each had 3.   Erynn Young paced Lincoln with 16 points but 9 came in the 4th quarter with the game well out of reach. 


Parkland (19-6 6-0) will be on the road this week as they travel to Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night before going across the state again next Saturday with a game at John Wood in Quincy. Lincoln is now (11-15 2-4) on the season.


Cobras Trail Late but Come Back for Win

February 11th, 2017

The #11 Parkland College Women’s Basketball team was not at their best Saturday, but like all good teams they finally found a way to pull out a victory, as they rallied to beat Lincoln Land 70-66.  The Cobras trailed by as many as eight in the third quarter and still trailed 61-55 with 8:58 to go before a 7-0 Cobra run put PC ahead 62-61. The Loggers would answer back to retake the lead but Ryan Dooley knocked down a three with 4:15 remaining and the Cobras would never trail again.


PC lead 18-14 after the opening quarter despite turning the ball over ten times in the opening ten minutes.  The second quarter was all offense for both teams as PC won the quarter 26-25 and took a 44-39 lead into halftime.  It was all Lincoln Land in the third quarter as they outscore the Cobras 18-9 as Parkland committee nine more turnovers and shot just 3-13 in the quarter.  PC would turn the tables however and win the 4th quarter 17-9 as they held on for the win.


After Dooley’s three gave PC a 65-63 lead, Avery Hamm made a pair of free throws and Kersytyn Lowery drove in for a lay-up to make it 69-63 with 2:37 left.  The Loggers would cut the lead to four on a put back and after a PC miss, made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the margin to 69-66 with 27.2 left.  A jump ball gave LLCC possession with a chance to tie, but a Logger turnover and foul led to a Ryan Dooley free throw for the final four point margin.


Charity Godbolt led PC with 14 points while also grabbing six rebounds. Avery Hamm added 13 and Lowery tossed in 12 points while also dishing out 5 assists. Molly Smith led Lincoln Land and all scorers with 21 points .  Sydney LaGrande had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.


The Cobras won despite a season high 26 turnovers and were beaten 40-31 on the glass. PC shot 42% for the game making 9 three’s to just three for LLCC.  The win, the Cobras 10th straight improves them to (18-4 4-0) while Lincoln Land drops to (12-10 1-4).  The contest moved put the M-WAC season at the halfway point with PC on top by a game over John Wood. The Cobras find themselves tied for the top of the Region 24 standings with their next opponent, Illinois Central College. The #10 Cougars are 19-6 on the season. Game time is 6:00 Wednesday night in East Peoria.


Parkland Remains Unbeaten in Conference

February 4th, 2017

The Parkland College Women’s Basketball team rallied from an early 13-2 deficit Saturday as they beat John Wood 81-68 in M-WAC action from Champaign.  The victory was the Cobras eighth straight victory as they remained perfect in the conference.   The key to the win on Saturday was the PC bench which outscored John Wood 43-5 in the contest. 25 of those points came from Kyra Washington who was 8-13 from the field including 5-8 from behind the arc and was 4-4 from the line.  Ryan Dooley also came off the bench to add 10 points and 4 rebounds.


Down 13-2 early, PC closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run and trailed just 13-10 after the opening period.  Layne Buzan scored 11 of her 13 points in the opening half as the Cobras would take a 36-30 lead at the break.  The third quarter was controlled by John Wood and the Parkland lead was just one at 54-53 headed to the final quarter.  Another Cobra sub would spark PC in the final quarter as Heather DeLuca had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, and an assist in the final ten minutes. Washington knocked down a pair of three’s and Kerstyn Lowery was able to drive past the Blazer defenders for a pair of lay-ups as PC pulled away for the win.  Lowery finished with 16 points on 7-12 shooting and also had 4 assists and a pair of steals.


John Wood was led by Lexus Fox who had 22 points as she made 10-13 shots from the field.  Michaela Gronewald and Autumn Voight each added 15 for John Wood. The Blazers shot 51% in the game to 46% for the Cobras but PC made 12-15 from the line and forced JW into 23 turnovers.


Parkland improves to (16-4 3-0) with the win and will travel to Danville for a 5:30 contest against the Jaguars on Wednesday night.  John Wood drops to (9-12 and 2-1 in the M-WAC).  The Blazers host Lewis and Clark on Wednesday night in Quincy.


Cobras Come Back to take Down Lewis and Clark

February 1st, 2017

The #11 Parkland Women’s Basketball team finished the game on a 21-3 run over the final five minutes as they rallied to stun Lewis and Clark 66-58 in M-WAC action in Champaign.  The victory, the Cobras 7th straight, improves their record to (15-4 2-0) while Lewis and Clark drops to (14-5 1-1).


It appeared the Cobras win streak would come to an end on Wednesday as PC could not find their shooting touch all night long and found themselves trailing 55-45 with 5:02 remaining. PC would then go on a 15-0 run that would turn a ten point deficit into a five point lead.  Heather DeLuca started the rally with a three and Karlee Ziliak’s eight footer in the lane cut the lead to 55-50 with 4:18 to go.  Kyra Washington drilled a three pointer to cut the lead to two and Payton Bieber’s lay-up with 3:03 remaining tied the contest.  Avery Hamm would then knock down a three and added another two-point field goal to give PC a 60-55 lead with 2:02 left.  Lewis and Clark would not go away as they would get a three from Danielle Conley to make it 6058 with 1:07 left.  Hamm would convert again to push the lead back to four and Kerstyn Lowery and Ziliak would make four free throws in the final 10 seconds to secure the victory.


Lowery led the scoring for PC with 17 points while also handing out 5 assists. Layne Buzan added 15 points and 9 rebounds, scoring 7 in the opening quarter and 8 more in the third. Hamm finished with 12 points. Payton Bieber grabbed 8 boards and dished out 5 assists in the victory.  Conley led Lewis and Clark and all scorers with 18 points.  The Cobras won despite shooting a dismal 31% on the night including just 11 of 40 from three point range.  The Cobras actually shot five more three’s in the contest than two’s.  Parkland did make 9-11 from the line to just 2 of 9 for L&C. 


Parkland will take on John Wood at 1:00 Saturday with the M-WAC lead on the line. The Blazers are just (9-11 over-all but 2-0 in conference play).


Parkland Women Run by Triton For Sixth Straight Win

December 10th, 2016

The #13 Parkland Women’s Basketball team pulled away from a six point half time lead, outscoring #25 Triton 49-29 in the second half, as they shot their way to a 97-71 win over the visiting Trojans.  The win, the Cobras 6th straight after starting the season with a pair of defeats, improves them to (6-2) over-all.

 Despite shooting 51% in the opening half, Parkland led just 48-42 at the break but used a 24-17 third quarter advantage to increase their lead.  The Cobras shot 50% in the quarter and did not commit a single turnover. Layne Buzans came up big scoring 10 points during those 10 minutes and Kyra Washington hit a pair of three’s.  The fourth quarter was a free throw contest but PC was perfect going 14-14 from the line while Triton made just 4-11. For the game Parkland made 20-21 from the charity stripe while the Trojans made just 11 of 22.  Parkland was also red-hot from behind the arc, nailing 11-22.  Washington was a perfect 6-6  from three-point range while Charity Godbold and Avery Hamm each hit a pair. 

Washington came off the bench to lead PC with 22 points as she made 8 of her 9 shots. Godbold added 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals while Kerstyn Lowery also was in double figures with 14 points and 7 boards. Buzan scored 13 points, 10 after the half, and also had 4 assists. Ryan Dooley and Hamm each had 6 assists as the Cobras picked up 27 on the afternoon.  6’4” Triton center Taylor Pate had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds while Alonda Chavarria led all scorers with 23 points, but just seven in the second half.

Parkland will host the New Zealand/Tasmania Traveling Team this Thursday starting at 5:30.


Parkland Runs By Waubonsee for Home Win

December 5th, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used outstanding play off their bench as the subs outscored Waubonsee 41-5 to help the Cobras pull away for an 82-51 victory.   The game started slowly for the Cobras as the visitors hit their first six shots to build an early 12-5 lead but PC would end the quarter tied at 16.  The second quarter was all Cobras as they shot 62% and won the quarter 19-7 to take a 35-23 lead into halftime. It was more of the same in the third quarter as PC shot an even better 64% and scored 28 points over the 10 minutes to build the lead up to 63-38 as they cruised to the victory.

Ashley Hamm came up big for PC as she scored 15 points off the bench, including 3-4 from behind the arc.  Karlee Ziliak had an outstanding over-all game as she also had 15 points while adding 6 assists and 4 steals. Kyra Washinton scored all 11 of her points in the first half while Charity Godbold added 11 points and 6 rebounds.  Kerstyn Lowery added 9 points, 5 boards, and 5 assists and Payton Bieber pulled down 11 rebounds as the Cobras won the battle of the glass 45-35.   PC shot 48% for the game to just 32% for Waubonsee and had 24 assists and 12 steals.   Mozelle Kempiak led the visitors with 18 points and 8 rebounds while Taseandra Parker had 9 points and 10 boards.

Parkland (4-2) will play again on Wednesday night when they travel to play Olney Central starting at 6:00.  Waubonsee drops to (3-7) with the loss.


Big First Quarter Run Propels Parkland to Win

December 2nd, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team used a 26-2 first quarter advantage Wednesday as they rolled over the visiting Millikin JV 87-54.  Parkland scored the first 13 points of the game before the Big Blue finally scored with 4:22 left in the quarter.  PC closed with another 13-0 run to give them the 24 point lead after the opening ten minutes.  Millikin made a game of it in the second quarter as they outscored PC 22-13 to cut the half time margin to 39-24 and actually got the lead down to as few as 11 early in the second half before the Cobras went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach.  Parkland made 10-17 shots in the opening quarter (58.9) to just 1-13 (7.7%) for Millikin and also forced eight first quarter turnovers.

Five different Cobra players finished in double figures as Kyra Washington came off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points as she went 7-11 from the field including four three pointers. Kerstytn Lowery added 16 points and Layne Buzan added 13 for the victorious Cobras.  Megan Jackson hit a late bucket to earn a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Charity Godbold also finished with 10 points and 4 assists.  Payton Bieber added 10 rebounds for PC as they outrebounded MU 48-28 in the contest. Morgan Vogels paced Millikin with 14 points and Aysia Jacobs added 13.  PC out shot Millikin 45% to 32% on the evening and had just 13 turnovers to 23 for the visitors.

Parkland (3-2) will return to action this Saturday when they host Waubonsee CC (3-6) starting at 2:00.  The Parkland Men (6-2) will play immediately after against Illinois Valley CC (8-2). 


Lincoln No Match for Cobra Women in Region 24 Opener

March 4th, 2016

The Parkland Women’s Basketball team made 10-13 shots from behind the arc in the first half as they cruised to a 97-45 rout of Lincoln College in the opening round of the Region 24 Tournament.  The victory earned the Cobras a semi-final match at 2:00 Saturday against Lincoln Land (18-10). The Loggers edged John Wood 48-46 in their game this afternoon. 


On the afternoon, the Cobras made a season high 15-29 from three-point range as they outscored the Lynx 45-0 from behind the arc.  Kassidy Alderman and Kerstyn Lowery were both a perfect 4-4 from three while Charity Godbold made 4 of 6.  Alderman led the attack with 19 points while Godbold came off the bench to score 18. Lowery had 15 points in just 15 minutes of action. Payton Bieber added 12 points while Josie Zerrusen tossed in 11.  Lauren Moses pulled down 12 board as the Cobras won the battle of the glass 51-28.  Parkland also handed out 28 assists on the afternoon as Taylor Jordan and Layne Buzan each handed out 6.  PC also forced 32 Lincoln turnovers.