Parker's winless season comes to a close
MADISON--For one half Tuesday night, Janesville Parker looked nothing like the team that went 0-22 during the regular season.
The scrappy Vikings played well on both ends of the court in building a six-point halftime lead.
Unfortunately for Parker, the second half was a nightmare.
Madison La Follette used a 25-5 run coming out of the locker room to take control and coasted to a 78-61 win in a WIAA Division 1 regional quarterfinal game.
La Follette (7-16) plays at Big Eight co-champion Madison Memorial in a regional semifinal game Friday night.
Parker, which committed 20 second-half turnovers, saw a winless season come to a frustrating end.
"I think they missed a total of five shots the second half," Parker coach Keith Miller said of the Lancers, who scored 56 second-half points. "And I thought a lot of those were contested. They just couldn't miss.
"And our offense is much more efficient when we're getting stops on the defensive end, which we didn't have too many of the second half."
Parker started slowly, trailing 9-1 with just over three minutes gone.
But the Vikings regrouped and found their range from beyond the arc. Parker made four 3s the first half, including two from Chris Galvan. The junior finished with a team-high 19 points.
Parker eventually led 28-22 at half, and when Brody Dahlke hit a 3 to start the second half, Parker had its biggest lead of the season at nine, 31-22, with 16:54 to play.
La Follette roared back behind Julian Patton. The senior hit four 3s in the second half and spearheaded the Lancers run that saw them go from nine down to nine up in a five-minute span. Patton finished with a game-high 22 points.
The Vikings eventually got down by 21 as both teams emptied their benches over the final four minutes.
Despite the disappointing season, Miller praised the work ethic of his team that showed a lot of grit Tuesday night.
"I can't get down on these guys about their effort. It was never about that," Miller said. "It's another learning step for us, and the guys coming back know we have it in us.
"And I can't say enough about Ed Jacobson and what he has meant to our team. We're going to miss him because of the person he is and how hard he works."
LA FOLLETTE 78, PARKER 61
Parker (61)—Jacobson, 5-0-10; Dahlke, 5-1-13; Galvan, 5-6-19; Thompson, 4-0-9; Curry, 2-3-8; Williams, 1-0-2. Totals: 22-10-61.
La Follette (78)—Gray, 7-0-16; Probst, 2-0-5; Patton, 8-0-22; Steward, 3-0-6; Berg, 4-1-9; Smith, 1-0-2; Robinson, 1-2-4; Glossom, 3-5-12; Schmitt, 1-0-2. Totals: 30-11-78.
Parker 28 33—61
La Follette 22 56—78
Three-point goals—Parker 6 (Galvan 3, Dahlke 2, Thompson), La Follette 10 (Patton 6, Gray 2, Glossom, Probst). Free throws missed—Parker 3, La Follette 5. Total fouls—Parker 14, La Follette 17.