O'Leary's 27 points leads Parker to win
The Madison La Follette girls’ basketball team had a simple strategy for stopping Janesville Parker junior guard Catie O’Leary: don’t let her have any open shots, and play tight defense.
“Right away from the start of the game, they were keying on me,” O’Leary said. “Usually when I got the ball, every dribble I took, there was a girl there.”
So O’Leary simply took what was given, getting to the line and calmly, smoothly hitting her free throws when it counted.
The reigning Big Eight player of the year was 12-of-14 from the line— and a perfect 8-for-8 in the fourth quarter—as the Vikings defeated the Lancers 52-39 Friday night at Madison La Follette.
Not only was O’Leary sinking her foul shots, she was leaving no doubt, rarely hitting backboard or rim down the stretch.
“In the fourth quarter, I do like getting the ball because I feel comfortable taking the shots at the end of the game,” O’Leary said. “Those free throws, we practice those every single day.”
Despite garnering much defensive attention, O’Leary was also effective from the floor, hitting a trio of three-pointers and finishing with 27 points.
“Catie’s an outstanding player, we knew that coming into the game,” La Follette coach Matt Krall said. “Most everything that they run is for Catie, and she hit some big threes there.”
When O’Leary couldn’t get open shots, it was Alex Klawitter backing her up. The senior guard scored 14 points, thanks largely in part to four three-pointers.
“I thought our kids stepped up real well and made sure that they paid for watching her too closely,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said.
La Follette sophomore guard Hannah Schwartzer had 11 points.
“We had a lot of opportunities,” Krall said. “We missed a lot of bunnies, but with a young team, those shots will go later in the season.”
Parker now turns its attention to a showdown with Middleton on Saturday night, the team the Vikings shared the conference championship with last season.
“We know that we’re going to go in there and it’s going to be a war,” O’Leary said. “We have to be ready for the physical play and keep our heads into the game.”
PARKER 52, LA FOLLETTE 39
Parker (52)—Klawitter 4-2-14, Newlin 1-1-3, O’Leary 6-12-27, Flood 1-1-4, Martelle 0-2-2, Koebler 0-2-2. Totals: 12-20-52.
Madison La Follette (39)—S. Temple 3-1-7, Arneson 1-2-5, Taylor 3-2-8, Wallom 0-1-1, Shillinglaw 1-1-3, Schwartzer 3-3-11, Graff 2-0-4. Totals: 18-7-49
Parker 16 11 7 18—52
La Follette 8 9 11 11—39
Three-point goals—Parker 8 (Klawitter 4, O’Leary 3, Flood), Madison La Follette 3 (Arneson, Schwartzer 2). Free throws missed—Parker 6, Madison La Follette 6. Total fouls—Parker 22, Madison La Follette 20.