LANCASTER –The search continues for the Parker Charter girls’ basketball team.
On Saturday evening, the Panthers traveled to South Lancaster Academy in hopes of finding their first victory of the season.
Unfortunately for the road team, the host Crusaders had other ideas as SLA controlled play for 32 minutes and cruised to a 38-17 win before the heavy snowfall on Saturday night.
SLA improves to 6-1 overall with the victory while Parker drops to 0-8.
Parker Girls’ basketball head coach Caroline Rodi spoke with the Tracker following the game.
“It’s been a tough season but one of our goals and points of growth is to show up and play a full 32 minutes and tonight was one of the first times I thought we did just that,” said Rodi, now in her third year on the Parker bench. “While the scores may not be great, I think the girls are working hard and we’re making progress and that’s all I’m asking for.”
Pacing the winners on Saturday was Karleigh Collins with a game-high 23 points while teammate Leyah Ramos added six points for the Crusaders.
Parker’s Charlotte Churchill and Emily Testa each scored a team high five points to lead the Panthers. Fiana Connely chipped in with four points for Parker.
Offense has been tough to come by for the Panthers this season, through seven games, Parker is averaging just over 14 points per game. The team has been held to 10 points or less in a game three times this season.
“When we started the season, I had girls that hadn’t played in several years. We are a young team with little experience but that hasn’t deterred this group,” said Rodi. “They show up and they play hard. I think a lot will come with experience and practice and the trust and love these girls have in each other.”
South Lancaster Academy wasted little time jumping on top in this one as the hosts built a 13-3 lead after the first quarter. Things didn’t improve much for the road Panthers in the second quarter as the Crusaders limited them to just two points in the stanza. SLA carried a 21-5 advantage into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Panthers were able to double their offensive production, scoring five points in the frame however they couldn’t cut into the deficit as SLA enjoyed a 29-10 upper hand after three complete quarters.
Parker was back on the hardwood once again looking for that first win on Monday afternoon when the Panthers welcomed the Bears of Abby Kelley Charter to the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School.
SLA was also in action on Monday when it travelled to Harvard to visit the Trojans of the Bromfield School.
In Saturday’s nightcap contest, the SLA boys’ basketball team defeated Parker by an 89-42 score.
Parker’s Liam Almond led all scorers with 21 points. SLA’s Lucas Barbosa scored 19 points and teammate Will Fernandes added 14 points. Parker’s Nolan Dee chipped in with 10 points for Parker.
The Panthers fell to 1-6 on the season with the loss.