Cobras Fall to Lincoln Land in Tight Finish

February 26th, 2014
The Parkland Men's Basketball team couldn't overcome their own costly mistakes on Wednesday as they dropped a 59-55 decision to visiting Lincoln Land. Parkland's top two scorers on the season, Lance Magee and Shane Senior, were held scoreless in the game.  PC starters went 10-34 on the night, with Ian Randolph making 7 of 11 shots and the rest of the starting five making just 3 of 23.
The Loggers got off to a quick lead at 7-2 before PC went on an 11-0 run as Randolph and Caprice Salinas put PC ahead 12-7. The Cobras built the lead to 28-21 but to costly turnovers led to LLCC buckets and the lead was just three at the break. 
The second half did not start well as Salinas was assessed a technical for dunking in warm-ups and the Loggers used the momentum to score the first nine points of the second half and grab a 34-28 lead. Taylen Alexander ended the Logger run with a three pointer and his second three of the half tied the game at 36 with 12:41 left.  Another PC technical, this time on Seniour, aided another Logger run as they pushed the lead back to six with 9:14 remaining.
Torian Pearson helped the Cobras stay in the contest as he came off the bench to score 12 points in the 9 minutes of the game.  The Cobras found themselves trailing 51-49 with 6:51 to go but Nate Tidwell missed the front end of consecutive one-n-one attempts and the Loggers drained a three to grab a 54-49 lead with 4:27 left.
Six consecutive points by Pearson made it 56-55 Loggers with 50.7 to go and after a Lincoln Land turnover, PC had a chance to grab the lead but Lance Magee's three pointer was short and PC was forced to foul. Marcus Graham made just 1 of 2 free throws to make it 57-55 with 16.9 left but Magee again came up short on his field goal attempt and Kendall Davis made both free throws to seal the four point win.
Despite the loss, PC (17-11 4-5) can wrap up the #3 seed in the Region 24 tournament with a win at Lincoln on Saturday. A loss would drop to PC anywhere from #4-6 in the seeding.  Lincoln Land (15-14 3-6), was led by Michalel Cameron who had 18 and Reed Willenborg who had 14.

Parkland Wins Big Over Loggers on Sophomore Night

February 26th, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team celebrated sophomore night in a big way on Wednesday night as they pounded Lincoln Land 89-45.  The Cobras used strong shooting and a domination on the boards to pull away for the win. The victory keeps the Cobras tied with Danville for the top spot in the M-WAC with one game to play.
It was over in the first half when PC shot a sizzling 63% in the opening 20 minutes while the Loggers were ice cold, shooting just 20% as the Cobras took a 41-19 lead into intermission. Parkland cooled off a little in the second half as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely, but still shot 56% on the night while LLCC made just 26% of their shots.
Jerica Hawkins had a big night as she had a team high 16 points. The sophomore also grabbed 5 rebounds, dished out 6 assists, had 2 assists, and blocked a pair of shots. Hannah Wascher had a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.  Chelsea Cross had a nice game off the bench scoring 13 points while Erin Kelley and Jocie Klocke each added 10.  10 different players broke into the scoring column while four players had at least 5 rebounds as PC won the battle of the boards 45-26.  Lincoln Land had just one player in double figures as Hannah Funneman finished with 14.
Parkland (20-9 8-1) will wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 2:00 game at Lincoln. A victory on Saturday assures PC of at least a tie for the M-WAC title and would wrap up the #2 seed in the Region 24 tournament. DACC hosts John Wood on Saturday in their finale game.  Lincoln Land falls to (12-13 3-6) with the loss. 

Men Cap Hall of Fame Saturday With Comeback Win

February 22nd, 2014

For over 30 minutes Saturday night it appeared the Illinois Central Cougars would get revenge on Parkland who had beaten them at home earlier in the season. But the PC Men would not be denied on Hall of Fame Saturday as they rallied from a ten point deficit over the final 9 minutes and pulled away for an exciting 74-65 win.  The Cobras used a strong defensive effort that forced three late ICC turnovers as well as some timely shooting and an improved performance at the line to seal the win. Parkland shot 61% on the night including 6-10 from behind the arc. After a horrendous first half at the line, PC made 9 of their last 10 and finished a respectable 20-31 at the charity stripe.

Nate Tidwell and Dom Bolden spearheaded the rally as Tidwell made a key three and a powerful dunk on the offensive end and had a huge blocked shot on the defensive end. Tidwell also made 8-10 free throws down the stretch to finish with 19 points, all in the second half. Bolden came off the bench to add 13 points and 7 boards. Shane Seniour added 14 and Lance Magee 11 for the victorious Cobras. 

The win moves Parkland to (17-10 4-4) while ICC drops to (19-7 4-5). The Cobras will play their final home game of the season Wednesday night against the Loggers of Lincoln Land. 

Parkland Women Take Care of Lewis and Clark

February 22nd, 2014

The #24 Parkland Women's Basketball team raced out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back as they rolled past visiting Lewis and Clark 85-45 on Saturday afternoon in Champaign.  PC closed the first half with a 23-8 run to take a 46-21 lead into the locker room and then held the Blazers to just one field goal for the first nine minutes of the second half.

Every Cobra saw significant minutes with four players breaking double digits. Hannah Wascher had a huge game inside as the Rantoul freshman scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Erin Kelley added 14 points, Jocie Klocke scored 12 points and snagged 7 boards, and Jerrica Hawkins had a fine over-all game with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocked shots. Aimee Iverson dished out 7 assists as PC had assists on 23 of their 33 baskets. 

Parkland controlled the game by out rebounding Lewis and Clark 64-31 while the Blazers shot 18% on the night, making just 12 of 62 shots. The win moves PC to (19-9 7-1) while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-19 1-7). Parkland will play their final regular season home game this Wednesday when they host Lincoln Land starting at 5:30.


Cobras Use Second Half Surge to Better Illinois Wesleyan

February 18th, 2014
The Parkland Men's Basketball team broke out of a month-long shooting slump on Tuesday night as they shot a torrid 61% in the second half to beat the Illinois Wesleyan JV 80-69. PC made 17-28 shots after the break including 4-5 from behind the arc and hit 11-13 free throws to pull away for the win. 
The game started slowly for the Cobras as they fell behind 11-2 as the Titans hit three straight 3's to start the contest. PC would chip away at the lead and found themselves trailing by just three at 34-31 at the break. The second half started much better for Parkland as they used a 10-2 run to start the half as Ian Randolph connected for seven straight points. PC would push the lead to 63-53 but back to back 3's drew the Titans back within 4 with 8:01 to go.
After IWU closed to within three, Beau Swinford hit a big three-pointer and the lead grew to 70-62 before another Titan run cut the lead to 70-69 with 2:57 remaining. From there it would be all Cobras as they scored the final 10 points of the game as Shane Senior scored 7 of the final 10 PC points.
Senior lead a balanced Cobra attack with 16 points while Randolph added 10.  Lance Magee had a solid over-all game with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals and Nate Tidwell just missed a double-double with 8 points and 9 boards. The Cobra bench was the deciding factor in the contest as they out scored the Wesleyan bench 34-0.  Caprice Salinas had 9, Dom Bolden 8, and Torian Pearson 7 off the bench, while Kevin Phillips added 6 and Washawn Watson had 4 points and 6 rebounds.
Parkland improves to (16-10) with the win and will host M-WAC rival Illinois Central College on Saturday at 4:00. 

Cobras Come Up Short in Matchup of Top Two Teams in Region 24

February 12th, 2014
#3 Illinois Central used a powerful inside game to rally from an early deficit, as they pulled away from #24 Parkland 72-63 in a Region 24 contest in Champaign.  The Cougars victory wrapped up the top seed for the Regional Tournament which gets underway on March 5.
It was Parkland who came out to start the contest as the Cobras used three early three-pointers to build a 20-11 lead with 11:19 to go in the half. Unfortunately, Parkland would go ice cold over the next 5 minutes as ICC used a 10-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 6:57 left in the half. Aimee Iverson and Hanna Wascher each made 1 of 2 free throws to give the lead back to PC and Iverson hit the Cobras first basket in nearly 6 minutes to put PC on top 25-23 with 4:45 left. PC would take a 36-35 lead into intermission.
Iverson and Erin Kelley each hit three's to start the half to extend the lead to 42-35 but ICC's Chanta Wright would score eight consecutive points to give ICC the lead at 43-42.  Nadine Vaughn's jumper with 16:20 left put the Cobras back on top but it would be their last lead of the game as ICC would use a 9-1 run to grab a 52-45 lead. Hannah Wascher's bucket with 3:47 left cut the lead to three but that would be the last basket the Cobras would score as ICC took advantage of 5 PC turnovers to finish the game on an 8-1 run.
Chanta Wright lead all scorers with 22 points and 10 rebounds while her ICC teammate Gabby Williams finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds.  Parkland was lead by Jocie Klocke who came off the bench to score 14, Aimee Iverson who had 12, and Erin Kelley who finished with 10. 
Parkland drops to (17-9) on the year while ICC, in former Coach Karrie Redeker's return to Champaign, stands at (23-3) after the win.  PC will play at John Wood this Saturday in Quincy starting at 2:00.

Parkland Uses Late Comback to Defeat Tigers

February 10th, 2014

The Parkland Men's Basketball team went on a 26-5 run over the final 8 minutes of the game and came away with an 81-73 win over the Olivet Nazarene JV on Monday night at the Dodds Athletic Center. The victory improved the Cobras to (15-8) on the season and ended their losing streak at three.
Suffering through a poor shooting night and losing the battle of the boards, PC found themselves trailing 65-57 with 7:17 to go before point guard Lance Magee scored nine consecutive points, the final three coming on a three-pointer, cutting the ONU lead to just two with 4:58 remaining. After an ONU turnover, Nate Tidwell drained a three to give the Cobras their first lead of the second half at 69-68. Beau Swinford followed with a steal and a three-pointer of his own to make it 72-68 and after ONU made 1-2 free throws, Tidwell hit another three to give PC a 75-69 lead with 2:20 left and the visitors would get no closer.
Dom Bolden came off the bench and kept the Cobras in the game scoring 11 first half points and 7 more early in the second half. Bolden finished with 18 points and 8 boards on the night.  Nate Tidwell had 17 points, while Magee had 12,, all in the second half, to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
ONU was paced by Riley Johnson who had 18 points and 9 rebounds, Seth Johnson who came up with 14 points and 9 boards, and Taylor Tucker who had 13.
Parkland will return to action on Wednesday night in Belleville when they take on the Lindenwood University JV starting at 7:00. PC beat Lindenwood 96-80 back on November 25.

Parkland has Tough Time Finishing, Fall to Jaguars

February 10th, 2014
The Parkland Men's Basketball team went ice-cold in the second half, making just 8 of 32 shots (25%) after the break, as they fell to visiting DACC 72-65. PC had defeated the Jaguars just eight days ago in Danville.
For 3/4 of the game it appeared Parkland would get the season sweep over their rivals building a 50-38 lead with 15:13 to go. Unfortunately the Cobras would struggle to convert over the final 15 minutes, getting outscored 34-15. PC shot just 31% from the field for the game.
DACC's Martin Campbell would drain a three with 5:48 left to give the Jaguars their first lead of the second half at 60-58. PC would take their final lead of the game at 61-60 as Shane Senior made both ends of a one and one with 3:53 remaining. From that point Kenny Dean hit two free throws, Daniel Carter converted his own missed shot, and Tre Granger hit 1 of 2 free throws to give DACC a four-point lead with 1:04 left. Senior hit two more free throws to cut the lead back to two but Joseph English hit a three to with 28.1 to go to secure the win.
Nate Tidwell finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Shane Seniour had 15 points and 10 boards. DACC held Lance Magee to just two points, after Magee scored 33 against the Jaguars in their previous meeting. DACC had four players in double figures as Joseph English had 15 to lead the way.
Parkland (14-8 3-3) will host the Olivet Nazarene JV on Monday night starting at 7:00. DACC evens their record at (11-11 2-4) with the victory.

Parkland Women Pick Up Big Conference Win at Home

February 10th, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team avenged an earlier defeat to rival Danville Area CC on Saturday, as they beat the Jaguars 91-77. The win left both teams with identical 17-8 over-all records and 5-1 in the conference.
The Cobras grabbed momentum late in the first half as they pulled out to a 42-32 lead at intermission behind Aimee Iverson's 10 points. DACC would not go away and closed the margin to just four at 52-48 on a Kameron Cole three-pointer. However the Cobras answered with an Erin Kelley three pointer of her own and Jocie Klocke hit a pair of baskets to push the lead back to 11.  DACC would get no closer than seven points for the remainder of the contest despite Kameron Cole's 20 point second half outburst. The Jaguars sophomore knocked down six three's in the second half, on her way to a game high 28 points.
PC was the mark of consistency on Saturday as they were 17-33 from the field in the first half and 18-33 in the second, shooting 53% for the game. Jocie Klocke came off the bench to lead PC with 20 points, making 7-10 shots. She was joined in double figures by four other teammates as Iverson had 15 points. Jerica Hawkins 14, Erin Kelley 11, and Hannah Wascher a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The victory sends the Cobras into a  Wednesday night Region 24 showdown against #3 Illinois Central College (22-3). The Cougars are coached by former Parkland Coach Karrie Redeker. Game time is set for 6:00 in the Dodds Athletic Center at Parkland.

Quick Run Dooms Cobras in Overtime

February 4th, 2014
Dennis Hightower scored the first seven points in overtime as the Lincoln Trail Statesmen rallied for a 92-86 overtime win over Parkland in non-conference action Monday night at the Dodds Athletic Center.  Hightower had a team high 22, including 8 in overtime, as his Lincoln Trail team came back from a 14 point second half deficit to stun the Cobras. Trail sent the game to the extra session by converting a pair of free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Parkland won the earlier match-up between the two teams with a two point win on a shot at the buzzer.
In tonight's contest. Parkland raced out to an early 10-0 lead only to see the visitors go on a 25-8 run to take a 25-18 lead with 7:35 remaining in the first half. The Cobras would close out the half with another run of their own and took a four point lead into intermission at 37-33. 
 The Cobras were red-hot to start the second half knocking down four 3-point shots to push their biggest lead of the game to 57-43 with 13:20 left. PC would maintain their lead at between 6-10 points for most of the half and still lead by 10 at 77-67 with 3:30 to go, but could not close out the victory. Trailing 79-74 with 58.2 left after Parkland's Nate Tidwell hit a pair of free throws, the Statesmen cut the margin to two on a lay-up by Nick Painter with 41.3 to go. Tidwell, who had a game high 26 points, was again sent to the line with 32.3 left but missed the front end of a one and one. Trail's Jason Smith hit a 5-footer in the lane to make it 79-78 with 18.6 left before Tidwell was fouled again with 15.4 remaining on the clock. The sophomore hit the first of two but missed the second before Trail tied it with Painters only two made free throws of the night. PC had a chance to win it regulation but could not get a shot off.
Lincoln Trail would score the first seven points of overtime to grab an 87-80 lead with 2.29 left before Shane Senior hit a pair of shots to cut the lead to 87-84 with 1:47 on the clock. The Cobras had a chance to tie after a Lincoln Trail turnover but Capreace Salinas missed a three point shot and Trail would make 5-6 free throws in the final 50 seconds to pick up the win.
Tidwell lead the Cobras with 26 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Shane Senior finished with a double-double scoring 19 points and snaring 11 boards. Lance Magee also was in double figures with 16 points and 6 assists.  Hightower paced Lincoln Trail with 22 points and 9 rebounds while Painter and Jesse Tesmer each had 14.
Parkland stands at (14-6 3-1) heading into M-WAC action on Wednesday night at 7:30 in Lincoln Land vs Springfield.

Cobras Drop Tough Contest on Road

February 4th, 2014
The Parkland Women's Basketball team lost a hard fought battle of ranked teams on Monday night as the #25 Cobras fell 87-84 to #17 Kankakee.  The game was won at the free throw line as KCC shot 43 free throws to 25 for the Cobras. The Cavs made 29 of those attempts while PC scored just 14 points from the line as four Cobra players fouled out.

After a back and forth opening half that saw Kankakee take a 37-33 lead at the half, the Cavaliers would extend their lead to 10 early in the second half.  PC would answer with a run and actually grabbed the lead at 62-61 with just over 10 minutes to go in the contest. Down late, Parkland's Jocie Klocke and Sam Kohlbecker hit back to back three's to cut the margin to three at 85-82 with 12.8 left. KCC made a pair of free throws and PC a two point basket to keep the lead at three before the Cobras forced a turnover with 7.6 remaining. PC was able to get off two good shots in the final seconds but could not connect. 

Parkland had five players in double figures as Hannah Wascher led the way with a double-double scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.  Jocie Klocke scored 15 points while Chelsea Cross added 13.  Nadine Vaughn also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards and Ashley Walker finished with 10. Kewanee Garrett had 6 assists for the Cobras who fell to (15-8) on the season. KCC improved to (19-5) with the win. Parkland travels to Lincoln Land for a 5:30 M-WAC contest on Wednesday night in Springfield.