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PRESS FILE PHOTO Emily Piston (3) and the Trojans advanced to Monday’s Class 6A semifinals with Thursday’s win. Copyright - DON HERB PRESS FILE PHOTO Emily Piston (3) and the Trojans advanced to Monday’s Class 6A semifinals with Thursday’s win. Copyright - DON HERB

District basketball roundup: Parkland, Northampton girls advance; ENS stuns Zephs

Friday, February 24, 2017 by Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com in Sports

The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall

The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.

The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in the game, led Devantae Wiggins (19 points), Arian Azemi (16) and Darin Bellinger (15).

Logan McGiley scored 11 points for Whitehall and Kayden Walschburger had nine for the Zephyrs in the season-ending loss.

The Timberwolves will take on No. 7 seed Central Catholic in Monday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Valley. The Vikings beat No. 2 seed Blue Mountain 51-48 Thursday. The other semifinal pits top-seeded Bangor against Pottsville. The Slaters had a first-round bye, while the No. 4 seed Crimson Tide beat No. 5 Southern Lehigh 45-43 in a quarterfinal game.

The semifinal games will determine District 11’s state playoff teams in boys Class 5A as only two teams advance to the PIAA bracket.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Freedom-Parkland

The No. 2 seed Trojans beat No. 7 Freedom 65-54 to advance to the Class 6A semifinal game.

Parkland was led by Emily Piston with 19 points. Kassidy Stout added 15 points for the Trojans, while Rachel Medlar chipped in with 11. The Trojans made 14 of 19 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Freedom was led by Hailey Silfies with 15 points.

Parkland will face No. 3 seed Easton in Monday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. at Catasauqua. The Red Rovers beat Allen 65-47 in the quarterfinals.

Freedom’s season comes to an end with the loss.

All four top seeds made the semifinals at top seeded Nazareth, a 45-37 winner over No. 8 Stroudsburg on Thursday, will face No. 4 Northampton Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Catasauqua.

The No. 4 Konkrete Kids cruised to a 54-37 win over No. 55 Pocono Mountain East to earn a semifinal berth and qualify for the state playoffs. All four semifinal teams will move on to states in Class 6A.