Lake Land and Parkland face off in an NJCAA national women’s basketball tournament semifinal that will seem more reminiscent of a winter regular-season game here in central Illinois.
The two teams, who compete in Region 24, play each other twice a season.
Both are frequently ranked in the national polls.
Lake Land, the No. 2 seeded team in Hickory, North Carolina, split its two games with sixth-seeded Parkland this season. The Cobras went on a 13-0 run to defeat the Lakers in late February. At the time, Parkland improved to 11-0 and Lake Land dropped to 9-2. Abby Weis did not play because she was recovering from both a fractured a tibia and then a sprained ankle, which caused her to miss seven weeks from late January to the first week in March.
In the rematch in late March, four Lakers players scored in double-figures in a 70-56 victory led by Karrington Krable and Kamaria Gant, the team’s leading scorer this season. Weis missed all 12 of her shots in the game for one point.
In the district qualifying games several weeks later, though, Weis twice scored 15 points – including four 3s in a row in one stretch that helped Lake Land win the semifinal.
The teams are statistically very close in nearly every category except for 3-pointers attempted per game (a 25.5-11.8 advantage for Lake Land), blocks (4.1-0.3 for Parkland) and personal fouls, where Parkland commits 15.1 to Lake Land’s 2.6.
You can read the rest of the stats on the charts below.
TEAM STAT COMPARISON
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