Cobras Hold On for Overtime Win

December 17th, 2014

The Parkland Men's Basketball team overcame a horrific night at the foul line but held on for a 63-62 win over visiting Kennedy-King in overtime. Parkland made just 14 of 32 free throws in the contest but came away with the win in the extra period.The victory, the Cobras 6th straight, improves their over-all record to 9-3 with two more games remaining in the fall semester.

The first half was an ugly foul plagued affair which saw PC jump out to an early eight point lead only to see the Statesmen rally to grab the lead. PC closed the half on a run and Charles Sweatt-Washington's short jumper as time expired gave the Cobras a 29-25 halftime lead.

Parkland would grab control of the game early in the second half as a 15-6 run after intermission pushed the Cobra lead to 44-31. Unfortunately the troubles at the foul line helped Kennedy-King get back in the game and the contest was a back and forth affair over the final ten minutes. PC had a chance to win the game in regulation but Corvon Butler's fade-away jumper fell short to sent it to overtime. 

PC jumped out quickly in the extra five minutes, grabbing a 6 point lead, but Kennedy-King converted four free throws and knocked down a wide-open three to regain the lead. With the game tied, PC made 1 of 2 free throws with 15 seconds remaining and held on for the win after they blocked a Statesmen shot and the visitors desperation three missed at the buzzer.

Kamal Shashi paced the Cobras with 14 points who will return to action this Saturday when they play Carl Sandburg at 5:00 in the Lincoln Land Holiday Classic in Springfield.


Cobra Women Extend Streak With Win Over John A Logan

December 16th, 2014
The #4 Parkland College Women built an early lead on Tuesday night and never looked back as the ran past John A Logan 85-57 in Champaign. The Cobras took a 44-28 lead into intermission and scored the first 10 points of the second half to put the game out of reach.  Logan managed to cut the lead to 15 in the second half but Hannah Wascher made back to back shots to extend the lead and PC would push the lead to as many as 30 down the stretch.
Wascher had another double-double as she made 9-13 shots to finish with 18 points and 11 boards. Kassidy Alderman was red-hot coming off the bench as she knocked down 5 three-pointers to finish with a team high 19. Laura Litchfield had a strong over-all game with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Chelsea Cross had 10 points and 5 assists. The freshman duo of Lauren Moses and Ashley Mitton played well inside with Moses scoring 6 points and chasing down 9 boards while Mitton had 5 points and 8 rebounds.  Parkland out rebounded the Volunteers 50-38 and out shot them 46% to 32% while forcing 23 turnovers. Logan (5-6) was paced by Alison Webb who led all scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. 
Parkland will return to action this Saturday when they face Carl Sandburg at 7:00 at the Lincoln Land Holiday Classic in Springfield.  

Parkland Runs Away From Harper With Balanced Scoring Attack

December 13th, 2014
The #21 Parkland Men's Basketball team came out red-hot on Saturday as they shot past visiting Harper College 100-66. The Cobras shot 58% from the field for the contest, making 63% of their shots from inside the arc (31-49) and knocking down 10-23 from three-point range. The Cobras also won the battle of the boards 43-24 and committed a season-low 8 turnovers. 
Balance was the key in the opening half as all 11 players who saw action scored. JaQuan Bryant scored all 9 of his points in the opening half as the Cobras took a 48-31 lead into the break. Kamal Shasi would make sure Harper would not get back into the contest as he drained three consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to push the PC lead to 61-37 with 16:55 remaining. Harper would get no closer than 17 the rest of the way as Parkland pushed their biggest lead to 34, the final margin of victory. 
Shasi paced the PC attack with 17 points on the afternoon while Will Gary came off the bench to add 14 points and hand out 4 assists. Corvon Butler added 12 points and grabbed 7 boards while Charles Sweatt-Washington added 11 points and 7 boards. Washawn Watson scored just four points but dished out 7 assists and chased down 6 rebounds for the victorious Cobras. Jesse Cantinol also added 9 points off the bench while Cody Russell tossed in 8. 
Parkland (8-3) has now won five straight game and will wrap up the home portion of their fall schedule when they host Kennedy-King starting at 6:00 on Wednesday night.

#4 Women Run Win Streak to Eleven

December 13th, 2014
The #4 Parkland Women's Basketball team made it 11 straight wins on Saturday as they pulled away from Kaskaskia 74-61 in a non-conference game in Champaign. Ashley Mitton was the difference late, as she scored all 8 of her points in the final 5:37 of the contest, to keep the Blue Angels at bay.
The Cobras took a 32-22 lead into halftime and stretched the lead to 18 at 48-30 with 13:09 remaining only to see KC go on a 10-0 run to cut the margin to 48-40 with 10:27 left.  The Blue Angels would get as close as 5 at 56-51 but Mitton and Laura Litchfield both sank a pair of free throws to push the lead back to nine. After KC cut the margin to 7, Mitton and Hannah Washcher made baskets to take the lead back to double-digits and the visitors would get no closer.
Wascher lead the way for PC scoring 20 points on 9-12 shooting from the field while also grabbing 9 boards, picking up 4 steals and blocking 3 shots.  Nadine Vaughn had her best over-all game of the season as she finished with  16 points, 6 boards, 5 assists, and 3 steals.  Josie Zerrusen was the only Cobras in double digits as she scored 10. Chelsea Cross just missed, adding 9 points and grabbing 6 offensive boards while Laura Litchfield had 8 of Parkland's 21 assists on the afternoon. 
Parkland (11-1) will host John A Logan College at 5:30 on Tuesday at the Dodds Athletic Complex.

Men’s Basketball Gets Huge Home Win Over Triton

December 6th, 2014
The #24 Parkland Men's Basketball team finished the game on an 8-2 run as they held on for a foul-plagued 70-65 win over #7 Triton on Saturday in Champaign. The two teams were whistled for 59 fouls and shot 72 free throws while combining for 50 turnovers. 
It was all Parkland in the first half as the Cobras led by as many as 12 points and took a 34-25 lead into the break. Triton picked up the pressure in the second half forcing four quick turnovers and tied the game at 37 only to see the Cobras answer with a 9-0 run to push the lead back to 47-38.
The game would go back and forth before Triton took their first lead of the game at 53-52 with 7:35 remaining. The Trojans would push their lead to 63-60 with 2:44 left but Corvon Butler and Capreace Salinas would each make a pair of free throws to put PC back on top. Kevin Phillips and Butler followed with dunks to push the lead to five and the Cobras held on for the win. 
The victory improves the Cobras to (7-3) while Triton falls to (7-2). Parkland is off until next Saturday when they host Harper College starting at 4:00.

Cobra Women Dominate Missouri Baptist

December 6th, 2014
The #4 Cobras hit 7 of their first 8 shots to race out to an early 14-0 lead as they cruised to a 87-34 win over the Missouri Baptist JV. The Spartans were coached by former Cobra Lauren Taylor.
All twelve Cobras scored as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted frequently throughout the contest. Four players finished in double figures for PC with Laura Litchfield leading the attack with 13 points on 5-5 shooting from the field. Chelsea Cross added 12 points and came up with 6 assists while Hannah Wascher had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to add 11 points while Ashley Minton grabbed a career high 12 boards. 
Parkland (10-1) will return to action next Saturday afternoon at 2:00 when they host Kaskaskia. The Cobras beat the Blue Devils 75-54 earlier this season.  

Parkland Holds Off Millikin for Win

December 2nd, 2014

PC raced out to a big first half lead as they came out on fire hitting their first six shots en route to an early 18-6 lead. The Cobras would shoot a sizzling 60% in the first half as they took a 55-34 lead into the break. The lead would grow to as many as 24 until the Big Blue used their own hot shooting to climb back into the contest. 

MU made 17 of 24 shots after the break and closed the margin to as few as seven but PC was able to put the game away at the line over the final three minutes, leading to the 90-81 final. Millikin's Tommy Pilackas was a one-man show for the Big Blue as he scored 25 of his game high 30 points after intermission. He was an impressive 10-12 from the field and 8-11 from the line while also grabbing 9 rebounds. 
Five Cobras finished in double figures with Kevin Phillips leading the attack with 14 points and 6 boards. Corvon Butler added 12 while the trio of JaQuan Bryant, Kamal Shasi, and Will Gary each had 10. Washawn Watson added 7 points and 6 assists for the victorious Cobras who improved to (6-3) with the win.
PC will get a huge test this Saturday when they host #7 Triton starting at 4:00.