Parker erases 17-point deficit to beat Tremper

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Gazette staff
Friday, March 7, 2014

Paige Smith and the Janesville Parker Vikings saved their best half of the year for the postseason.

Smith, a junior, matched her career high with 28 points, and Parker rallied from a 17-point deficit on Friday night to beat host Kenosha Tremper, 62-50.

The Vikings will take on crosstown rival Janesville Craig in a WIAA Division 1 regional final at 7 p.m. tonight in Craig’s gym.

Parker used a furious second-half rally to get there.

Kathryn Dubanowich, who scored 12 points, made a 3-pointer coming out of halftime to open the floodgates for the Vikings. They were 16-for-23 from the field in the second half.

Smith’s free throw tied the game 43-43 in the final minute of the third quarter for the first tie since it was 2-2.

The Vikings trailed going to the fourth quarter, but they kept their momentum rolling and pulled away late. The Trojans scored just four points in the final eight minutes.

Junior guard Morgan McCulloch finished with 11 points for the Vikings, who improved to 12-11.

They fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half as the Trojans shot well from outside.

Kendall Gross scored all nine of her points on three first-half 3-pointers. Tai’shae Hunter led Tremper with 11.

The Vikings fought back to within 12, 31-19, at halftime, and it was all Parker from that point on.

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