#9 Parkland Wins Again as Regular Season Winds Down

February 25th, 2015
The #9 ranked Parkland Men's Basketball team kept their M-WAC title hopes alive as they beat Lincoln Land 61-50 night to remain in a tie for the lead of the conference with one game to play.  A Parkland win on Saturday at Danville would give them at least a share of the M-WAC title. 
The Cobras rode the hot hand of JaQuan Bryant in the second half to pull away from the Loggers for the eleven point win. After going scoreless in the first half, Bryant hit three consecutive shots to push a three point Cobra lead up to 36-28. Bryant's bucket with 8:18 gave PC their biggest lead at 15, 49-34, and LLCC could get no closer than seven for the remainder of the game. 
The Cobras overcame an off night at the line (11-25 44%) by featuring a balanced attack that saw all 10 players who saw action score. Bryant led the way with 12 while Corvon Butler added 11 points and 5 rebounds. Capreace Salinas added 9 points off the bench while Cody Russell had 8.  Kevin Phillips added 7 rebounds and Kamal Shasi 4 assists to help the Cobras to their third straight win.  Eddie Longmeyer was nearly a one-man show for the Loggers as he scored 19 points on the night while no other Logger scored more than six.  
Parkland improves to (24-5 7-2) while Lincoln Land drops to (14-15 0-9).  Parkland will wrap up the regular season this Saturday with a 4:00 game at Danville Area (20-9 6-3).

Cobra Women Continue to Roll

February 25th, 2015
The #1 ranked Parkland Women's Basketball team celebrated sophomore night and their final regular season home game with an impressive 84-32 rout of Lincoln Land on Wednesday night. The victory wrapped up the #1 seed for the upcoming Region 24 tournament and also clinched at least a tie for the Midwest Athletic Conference title. The Cobras have now earned a share or tie of five consecutive M-WAC titles. They can wrap up an undefeated and undisputed title, with a win at rival Danville Area on Saturday.
Wednesday's game was never in doubt as the Cobras raced out to an 20-8 lead and never looked back. Hannah Wascher scored 15 of her game high 23 points in the opening half and PC also got a big performance off the bench from Bailey Trimble who knocked down a pair of three-pointers and two free throws to score 8 points in the opening 20 minutes to help PC to a 47-14 halftime lead. 
The second half was more of the same as PC shot 52% for the game and dominated the boards 55-21. Unselfishness was once again the key as the Cobras had 29 assists on 36 made baskets. Wascher led all scorers with 23 while Trimble finished with a career high 13. All twelve players scored for PC as Coach Mike Lindemann substituted freely throughout the contest.  Chelsea Cross just missed a double-double with 8 points and 10 boards while also handing out 5 assists. Ashley Mitton grabbed 10 boards while Laura Litchfield and Haley Toohill each had 5 assists. 
The win, the Cobras 28th straight, moves them to (28-1 9-0) on the season while the Loggers drop to (12-15 4-5).  Parkland will travel to DACC (23-6 8-1) for a 2:00 game this Saturday.

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After Big Comeback #7 Parkland Fall to Trailblazers

February 14th, 2015
The # 7 Parkland Men's Basketball roared all the way back from an 18 point second half deficit but could not finish the game down the stretch as they fell to John Wood 76-71 in M-WAC play Saturday afternoon in Champaign. The Cobras trailed 61-43 with 10:08 to go but clawed back into the contest, eventually tying the game at 67 with 1:32 to go on a pair of Charles Sweatt-Washington free throws. From that point, the Blazers outscored PC 9-4 down the stretch to pull out the road win.  
PC found itself down only 30-28 at the break but had to be disappointed as they made just 7 of 15 free throws in the opening half and didnt take advantage of 12 offensive rebounds.  John Wood put on a shooting clinic to start the second half as they made their first 8 shots and 12 of their first 13 to push the lead to as many as 18 before the Cobra comeback. 
The charity stripe proved to be the difference as John Wood outscored PC 28-18 from the line. The Blazers shot 78% to just 58% for the Cobras. John Wood also shot 50% from the field for the game to only 38% for Parkland off-setting a 38-25 dominance by the Cobras on the glass.
Charles Sweatt-Washington paced the PC attack scoring 19 of his game high 22 points after the break while also grabbing 11 rebounds. The sophomore shot 9-13 from the field but made just 4 of 10 from the line.  JaQuan Bryant was the only other PC player in double figures as he finished with 10. Brody Gronewold had a game high 17, scoring 6 of those points in the final minute of the game, knocking down a three and making three free throws. Andrew Howard scored 15 as he was a perfect 5-5 from both the field and the line. Jordan Johnson added 13 and Paxton Harmon 12 for John Wood.
The Blazers improve to (15-11 4-2) and move into a three-way tie for the M-WAC lead with both the Cobras and Danville. Parkland drops to (21-5 4-2). PC travels to East Peoria on Wednesday for a 7:30 contest against Illinois Central College.

John Wood Misses Buzzer Beater to Extend Cobra Win Steak

February 14th, 2015
The #1 Parkland Women's Basketball survived a huge scare on Saturday as they hung on for a 54-53 win over visiting John Wood. The game was not decided until the final possession as the Blazers had a chance to win it but Mattie Whitaker's shot was off the mark and the Cobras grabbed the rebound to close out the win. 
Sophomore Hanna Wascher was the difference in the game as she dominated the inside finishing with 24 points and 17 rebounds on the afternoon. The Rantoul graduate made 10-15 shots and also had 3 steals and 3 blocks in the win.  Josie Zerrusen was the only other PC player in double figures with 10. Parkland won despite a dismal shooting night from the other three starters who shot just 8 of 31 from the field. The PC subs also struggled as the Blazer bench outscored Parkland's 16-3. 
For the fourth straight game the Cobras started slowly, this time falling behind 14-6 before eventually taking their first lead of the game at 19-18 with 5:24 to go.  Parkland would lead by just one at 29-28 at halftime.  JWCC would grab the lead early in the second half and had control of the contest until PC eventually tied the game at 47 with 5:12 to go on a Wascher bucket. After a couple of Blazers turnovers, Wascher converted a pair of free throws and Chelsea Cross had a steal and a lay up as the Cobras took their biggest lead at 52-47 with 3:15 left.

Second Half Comeback Topples Illinois Central

February 11th, 2015
In a game that was filled with big runs by both teams, it was the #1 ranked Parkland Women who had the last one, as they rallied for an impressive 66-62 win over #3 Illinois Central on the Cougars home court.  The first run was by the Cobras in the first half, as they built the lead to twelve at 31-19 with 8 minutes to go in the opening 20 minutes. However ICC ended the half on a 10-3 run to close the lead to just five at the break. 

The second half appeared to be going ICC's way as they would grab the lead and push the margin to as many as 14, at 57-43, with only 7:40 to go in the game. It was then the Cobras turn to dominate, as they finished the contest on a 23-5 run to pull out the four point victory.  Defensive stops and steals by the Cobras played a big part in the Parkland comeback. Laura Litchfield and Nadine Vaughn came up with steals which helped PC narrow the margin and Josie Zerrusen would then hit a game-tying three with just 2:08 to go and followed that up with another three to put PC ahead to stay. 

Laura Litchefield had an outstanding game with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists while Chelsea Cross added 14 points and 8 boards. Zerrusen had 10 points while Hannah Wascher chipped in 8. Kennedy Hartman came up big on defense and also grabbed 6 rebounds in the victory.

The win moves the Cobras to (24-1) and they are now in control of the top spot for the upcoming Region 24 tournament. Parkland has now won 24 straight games since a season opening loss. ICC, saw their 11 game winning streak come to an end, as they fell to (23-3) on the year. The Cobras return to action this Saturday with an important M-WAC contest against John Wood (19-6). The Blazers received votes in the NJCAA D-2 Poll this week.

Cobras Dismantle Rose Hulman to Win Fifth Straight

February 9th, 2015
The Parkland Men's Basketball team used a 17-0 first half run, keeping the visitors scoreless for over 11 minutes, as they cruised to a 71-33 rout of the Rose Hulman University JV. The Cobras got off to a sluggish start, falling behind 14-9 with 14:35 to go in the half, but went on the 17-0 run to grab a 26-14 lead. A RHIT free throw broke the scoring drought which lasted just over 11 minutes. PC would take a 33-17 lead into intermission.
The second half was more of the same as PC would dominate as they cruised to the 38 point win. The Cobras won the battle of the boards 50-27 including grabbing 18 offensive boards.  Balance was the norm for PC as only one player reached double figures but 7 players finished with between 7 and 10 points. Jesse Cantinol led the Cobras with 10 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and blocking four shots. Cody Russell had 9 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds while Charles Sweatt-Washington just missed a double-double with 8 points and 12 boards.  Corvon Butler added 7 points and 6 boards while William Gary and Kamal Shashi also finished with 7 points apiece.  Rose Hulman was led by Joshua Richey who ended the game with 11 points. 
Parkland improves to (21-4) with the win and will return to M-WAC action this Saturday at 4:00 with a Valentine's Day game against John Wood. The Blazers handed the Cobras their lone conference loss so far this season.

Balanced Attack Leads Cobra Men To Another Win

February 7th, 2015
The #7 Men took on DACC in the second game of the doubleheader, and like their female counterpart, they did not disappoint in the 69-60 win. The first half was like a boxing match as each team had mini runs and saw the Cobras grab a 25-23 halftime lead. Neither team had a player with more than 5 points and both teams shot under 40% for the half.
The second half was a much more up-tempo affair that saw the teams trade leads and were still deadlocked at 32 with 13 minutes to go. Back to back buckets by Corvon Butler gave PC a 36-32 lead and the Cobras would never trail again in the contest. PC would lead by as many as 13 and DACC would get no closer than six at 48-42 with 8:28 to go.  Free throw shooting proved costly for the Jaguars as they made just 6 of 13 in the second half and 12 of 25 for the game while PC went 12 for 15 after the break and 16 of 22 for the game. 
The Cobras also won the battle of the boards 38-29 and forced 19 DACC turnovers.  Balance was the key on offense as four players hit double figures. Butler had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while JaQuan Bryant led the way with 13 points and 7 boards.  Capreace Salinas finished with 10 points going a perfect 8-8 at the line while Charles Sweatt-Washington also had 10 points.   
The win moves PC into sole possession of first place in the M-WAC at (20-4 4-1) while DACC falls to (16-8 3-2). Parkland steps out of conference for the final time this season when they host the Rose-Hulman JV starting at 7:00 on Monday night at the Dodds Athletic Center.

#1 Parkland Stays Unbeaten in Conference

February 7th, 2015
In the opener of a big day of basketball at Parkland, it was DACC who would jump out early, grabbing an 18-9 lead. Kassidy Alderman came off the bench to spark the Cobras as she drained a pair of three's to tie the game at 19 with 8:28 left in the half. The Cobras used a 17-1 run to take a five point lead and went in to intermission with a 38-28 advantage.
DACC would crawl back to within six at 41-35 and the lead would stay between 6-12 points until Alderman again sparked the Cobras. Leading 61-50, Alderman drained two more three's to push the lead to 17 and the Cobras would surge to the 25 point win with the 89-64 final.  
In addition to Alderman's strong 17 point effort off the bench, Chelsea Cross had a huge game as she scored a game high 21 points while also grabbing 9 boards. Laura Litchfield also came up big as she had 17 points and 8 boards to go along with 4 assists.  Hannah Wascher was held to just four points but snared 11 rebounds and Nadine Vaughn had a team high 9 assists and 4 steals. 
PC shot 49% for the contest including 9-14 from behind the arc, while DACC shot just 36%.  PC also controlled the boards 47-30 and had 24 assists to just 8 for the Jaguars.  Parkland improves to (23-1 5-0) while DACC drops to (19-6 4-1). Parkland will travel to #4 Illinois Central on Wednesday night for a Region 24 showdown against the (23-2) Cougars.