The Cobras rallied from an early deficit as they raced past Chesapeake College of Maryland 98-84 in the 5th-place game at the NJCAA D-2 Nationals in Overland Park, Kansas on Saturday.
The Cobras capped an amazing week by shooting 59.5% in the second half to put up a season high 59 points to secure the win. The Cobras, who had been the fast starting team in their previous three games at Nationals, found themselves down 12-2 early as the Lady Skipjacks built their lead to double digits for much of the half before the Cobra closed the margin to just four at the half.
The second half started well as they grabbed their first lead of the game at 44-43 with 17:12 remaining. A 17-3 run by the Cobras pushed the lead to nine at 55-46 but Chesapeake was not done and rallied with a run of their own. The Skipjacks would eventually regain the lead for one final time at 66-65 but Hannah Wascher's old-fashioned three-point play with 7:56 left gave the Cobras the lead. The two teams trades buckets over the next two minutes and PC saw their lead stand at only two, 76-74 with just 5:46 left. From that point PC would catch fire as Nadine Vaughn converted a three-point play, Erin Kelley hit a pair of baskets, and Wascher hit a basket and two free throws to push the lead 89-80 and PC would pull away over the final two minutes for the win.
Hannah Wascher had her second double-double of the tournament leading the Cobras with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Jocie Klocke was outstanding off the bench as she also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Erin Kelley tossed in 20 points while Aimee Iverson (15 points and 9 assists) and Jerica Hawkins (9 points and 11 rebounds), both just missed their own double-doubles. Wascher averaged 20.0 points and 12 rebounds per game at Nationals while Klocke, who came off the bench in every game, reached double figures in all four games averaging 13.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Ashley Pegram with 25 points and Daria Simmons 20, paced the way for the Skipjacks.
Parkland ends its season (27-10) while Chesapeake drops to (25-5).
Congratulations go out to the coaching staff and all of the players on an amazing season. Special thanks go to the three sophomores, Iverson, Kelley, and Klocke who stuck with the program when we had no coach and things looked dire. Also to the transfers and freshman who took a chance and came to play for the Cobras. All of you have made the 2013-14 season one to remember for a long, long time.