CB South rips Parkland to advance in states
Parkland won the opening tip in Friday night’s state Class AAAAAA first-round contest against Central Bucks South at William Tennent.
It may have been the Trojans’ first-quarter highlight.
The Titans, the District One fourth seed, scored on their first 12 possessions and led 24-8 at the end of the first quarter on the way to a 45-27 pasting of Parkland, the fourth seed from District 11.
“I guess it was our energy,” CB South sophomore guard Alexa Brodie credited. “We were really excited coming into this game. It was our second year in a row coming into states. When we have our intensity, everything will fall into place. Our shots will go in. When we’re talking, our defense will be on point. That happened.”
“We were nervous in the beginning,” junior Haley Meinel admitted, “but we had to keep it all together. We wanted to come out strong after two losses in districts. As soon as we started hitting our shots, that helped us to transition.”
The win gave CB South (20-7) its 20th of the year; Parkland ended its season at 18-9.
Lexi Edwards hit the game’s first shot to give CB South a 3-0 lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. Meinel added two runners and two jumpers; Brodie added a 3 and two lay-ups. Efficient conversion of free throws spotted CB South the huge first-quarter lead, which it extended to 34-17 at halftime.
“We didn’t think we’d shoot as well as we did in the first quarter throughout the game,” Brodie realized, “but as long as we kept our energy, confidence and intensity up, that would carry us through the game.”
When Meinel scored on a runout with 5:08 left in the first half to both put CB South up 26-13 and collect her 13th and 14th points, she temporarily outscored the entire Trojans team.
“That definitely gets you moving in the right direction when you come out hot like that,” CB South head coach Beth Mattern said. “It takes a little bit of pressure off as you get into the game.”
Mattern had the luxury of liberally using her bench. It responded in a big way with nine points, a dozen rebounds and three assists. Nonstarter Natalie DiSandro led CB South in rebounds.
“We got a lot of contributions from different people,” Mattern said. “Natalie DiSandro down the stretch had a couple of huge offensive boards and some defensive ones, too. She got it done against their bigs.
“We needed the bench tonight due to the circumstances of the game. It was a great contribution from them,” she concluded.
One play typified the bench’s hustle. Midway through the third quarter, DiSandro grabbed an offensive rebound and fired it to reserve Lindsay Scott, who sank a 3. It more than doubled up Parkland 41-20.
Meinel’s 18 and Brodie’s 15 points led CB South. Meghan Kuypers contributed three assists for the Titans. DiSandro had a pair of assists and sixth man Maddie McShane added four points in an injury-shortened appearance. Starter Melissa Veal added four rebounds and played excellent defense.
“We talk a lot and we make sure that we have each other’s back since this is not an individual game,” explained Veal on holding the Trojans to just 27 points. “We think our defense is stronger than our offense sometimes.”
Meinel and Brodie continued their postseason tear. Parkland marked the third straight game where they combined for at least 30 points.
The Titans were scheduled to face a familiar foe – Souderton – on Tuesday in a second-round game at Council Rock South. Winter Storm Stella, however, postponed it to Thursday. It’ll follow the North Penn-Central Bucks East tilt, which is set for 6 p.m., at Quakertown Community High School. The Indians, the 11th and final seed from District One, stunned District Three champion Central Dauphin, 50-29, in the first round behind Kate Connolly’s 30 points.
CB South split its season series with Souderton with the home team winning both. Souderton topped CB South, 35-29, on Jan. 13, but the Titans got revenge on Feb. 7 with a 48-39 win. Brodie paced CB South with 17 points while Veal added eight. The Titans were held to just four first-quarter points before erupting and getting the win.
On Friday, CB South demonstrated that it isn’t finished erupting.
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