Parker girls cruise in home opener

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John Barry
Friday, December 13, 2013

JANESVILLE--The home opener was a smashing success for Janesville Parker’s girls basketball team Friday night.

Paige Smith scored 18 points and Kathryn Dubanowich added 13 as the Vikings coasted past Madison East, 57-30, in a Big Eight Conference tilt.

Parker (3-2, 3-1) raced out to a 19-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back. The Vikings’ relentless defense forced 14 turnovers the first half and didn’t let up in the second half.

“We have to clean up on our passing and, at times, our defensive positioning, but I thought we passed the ball well and did some good things,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said.

“We’re still a work in progress, and that’s why the best thing about tonight was that we got everybody into the game and got them some valuable minutes.”

The Vikings nearly pitched a shutout the first quarter. Playing its first home game of the season, Parker jumped out to a 14-0 lead before East finally scored with 2:14 left in the quarter.

Smith, who was coming off a career-high 27 points in a win against Beloit Memorial on Tuesday, had eight in the first half and 10 in the second. Dubanowich’s 11 first-half points paced Parker, while junior Grace Randles made the first two 3-point shots she attempted to fuel the early spurt.

“I thought when we were patient and ran the offense the right way, we got some good looks,” Klawitter said. “The second half was a little ragged, but all in all, it was a good first home game.”

Parker is still without point guard Morgan McCulloch. The junior tore her ACL in the summer and has not been medically cleared to play yet. Klawitter hopes to have her back before the first of the year but said it could be later, depending on her doctor’s recommendation.

Parker hosts Madison West on Thursday.

Last updated: 11:05 pm Friday, December 13, 2013

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