STROUDSBURG — The Lady Mounties‘ remarkable season will continue into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.


Meanwhile, the Lady Panthers will have to regroup and refocus toward the District 11 Class 6A tournaments.


Emily Strunk scored 24 points, Kayla Worsley-Wooten netted 15 and Mahogany Worsley-Wooten added 13 points to carry No. 3 Stroudsburg to a 60-56 win over No. 6 Pocono West in the EPC girls basketball quarterfinals at Stroudsburg High School. The Mounties advance to Tuesday‘s semifinal where they will face No. 2 Nazareth at the PPL Center in Allentown.


Stroudsburg (21-2, 15-2 EPC) had a five-point lead with 24 seconds left following a mid-range jumper from Strunk. Pocono West‘s Azahni Simmons answered immediately on the other end with an incredible 3-pointer from the edge of the center-court circle to bring her Panthers within striking distance, 58-56, with 10.5 seconds before West coach Chrissy Campos called a timeout.


When play resumed, West‘s AiyannaLee Owens went for the intentional foul on Strunk, who proceeded to sink both free throws and seal the victory for the Mounties.


“This one means a lot to us,” Matt Field, Stroudsburg‘s head coach, said. “It’s the first time any team in Stroudsburg has won a game in the (EPC) playoffs.


“Hats off to West, they played their hearts out tonight. It was quite the battle. We knew it would be going in.”


Pocono West (14-8, 12-5 EPC) handed the Mounties its first loss of the year on Dec. 12, a game the Panthers won 51-50 in Stroudsburg. When the two met again on Jan. 24, the Mounties left Pocono Summit on top with a 50-40 victory.


This time, it was consistent scoring from Stroudsburg following a slow start that led the Mounties out of the quarterfinals.


West opened on a 7-1 run in the first two minutes of action, leading Field to call an early timeout to regroup with his girls.


“We just reminded our girls that that happened last time when we played at West,” Field said. “We were up like 6-0 and then West went on a run and next thing we know we‘re down six. We said that’s just how they play, and you‘ve got to come back and get stops and we just have to settle down on offense.”


Stroudsburg, the Mountain Division champion, eventually found its rhythm and jumped out to a lead as large as seven points, although the Panthers never were out of the mix.


Aggressive, effective defense kept West in the game all afternoon, as did scoring from Caroline Weirich (18 points), Vatijah Darby (17) and Simmons (16). But the difference in winning and losing, Campos said, came down to rebounding.


“Rebounding killed us today,” Campos said. “Rebounding and I think not getting the ball inside. We got away from pounding it inside to our bigs and although Vatijah did have a nice game ... I can‘t have AI (Owens) with only one point. That’s a killer for us.”


Next for Stroudsburg is Nazareth, the only other team to defeat the Mounties this year. The Blue Eagles (20-3, 15-2 EPC) earned a 74-44 win over Stroudsburg on Jan. 10.


“We‘ve got to try to figure out a way to get a different result,” Field said. “Last time, the game just got away from us. We didn’t shoot well; they shot really great. Since then, I‘ve seen them on film and they haven’t shot the same way, so we‘ll come up with something.”


The Mounties will play under the lights at the PPL Center at 6 p.m.


No. 5 Parkland 57, No. 4 ES South 52


EAST STROUDSBURG — On Jan. 4, the Cavaliers battled Parkland to a five-point victory.


On Saturday, it was the Trojans‘ turn to claim the win.


Julian Patterson scored 15 points and Jasir Parker added 12, but No. 4 East Stroudsburg South fell 57-52 to No. 5 Parkland in the EPC boys basketball quarterfinals at East Stroudsburg High School South. The Trojans advance to face No. 1 William Allen at the PPL Center on Monday at 7:30 p.m.


The fourth quarter came down to fouls, and with 12 called on the Cavaliers in that frame alone, Parkland (15-8, 11-5 EPC) capitalized at the free-throw line, hitting 17 of 24 in the final frame en route to the win.


Parker hit a layup, drew the foul and sank the free throw to bring South to a 53-52 deficit with 1 minute, 21 seconds remaining, but it wouldn‘t be enough in the end.


“Couldn‘t get any calls going our way. We were always on the wrong end,” Shawn Munford, ES South head coach said. “Don’t blame it on the refs. Maybe we were out of position. A couple of them I thought were clean, but that‘s what happens when you get down.


“You got to reach. You got to play hard. You got to play more aggressive. And I think because we were the aggressor, everything went that way.”


The Trojans were led by Elgadro Trey Rolle‘s 24 points as well as 11 points from Jake Melady, who went 9 of 10 from the stripe, and 10 points from Nick Rappa, who hit four of five.


East Stroudsburg South, the Mountain Division title winner, trailed by as many as nine points multiple times in the game but always found a way to claw back into contention, including a 6-1 run late in the fourth that was capped by Parker‘s aforementioned and-one play.


“We‘re not going to quit,” Munford said. “We’re going to play hard. It‘s just, they (Parkland) shot 31 free throws, and they can shoot. ... We were fouling too much and we made too many mistakes when we needed to be solid. And the end result was a loss.”


South now resets ahead of the District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals, slated to begin on Saturday, Feb. 22.


GIRLS: No. 3 Stroudsburg 60. No. 6 PM West 56


PM West 11 12 17 16 - 56


Stroudsburg 13 14 15 18 - 60


PM West 56


Weirich 6 3-4 18, Knecht 0 0-0 0, Malone 1 0-0 2, Simmons 6 3-3 16, Darby 8 1-4 17, Hudson 1 0-0 2, Owens 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-13 56.


Stroudsburg 60


Columna 3 1-4 7, Strunk 7 7-8 24, Francis 0 0-0 0, K. Worsley-Wooten 6 0-0 15, M. Worsley-Wooten 3 7-11 13. Totals: 19 15-23 50.


3-pointers: PMW 4 (Weirich 3, Simmons); S 7 (Strunk 3, K. Worsley-Wooten 3, Columna).


BOYS: No. 5 Parkland 57, No. 2 ES South 52


Parkland 12 12 12 21 - 57


ES South 8 10 15 19 - 52


Parkland 57


Rolle 8 6-11 24, Siggins 0 0-0 0, Kucharczuk 2 2-5 6, Rappa 3 4-5 10, Perkins 0 0-0 0, Rhoads 3 0-0 6, Melady 1 9-10 11. Totals: 17 21-31 57.


ES South 52


Patterson 6 3-5 15, Santos 3 2-2 9, Mileto 1 0-0 3, Sarr 3 1-1 7, Greene 1 0-0 2, Parker 3 6-7 12, Sapp 1 2-4 4, Cesanek 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 14-17 52.


3-pointers: P 2 (Rolle 2); ESS 2 (Santos, Mileto).