Unbeaten Parker girls rip Memorial
Janesville Parker 2 0
Middleton 2 0
Janesville Craig 2 1
Beloit Memorial 1 1
Madison West 1 1
Sun Prairie 1 1
Madison Memorial 1 2
Madison East 0 2
Madison La Follette 0 2
Janesville Parker 46, Madison Memorial 24
Janesville Craig 41, Beloit Memorial 35
Middleton 65, Sun Prairie 38
Madison West 34, Madison East 24
GAMES NEXT FRIDAY
Janesville Parker at Janesville Craig
Beloit Memorial at Middleton
Madison West at Madison La Follette
Sun Prairie at Madison East
Catie O’Leary and her Janesville Parker High School teammates were at it again Thursday night.
O’Leary, the conference’s reigning Player of the Year, scored 17 points as third-ranked Parker rolled to a 46-24 victory over Madison Memorial in Big Eight girls basketball.
The Vikings improved to 2-0 in the conference and 3-0 overall, while Memorial fell to 1-2 and 2-2 by losing in Janesville for the second time this week.
After a slow start, O’Leary, a 5-foot-10 junior, sparked an 18-point second quarter for the Vikings. Meanwhile, Parker held the Spartans to just six second-quarter points and led 23-12 at halftime.
Parker duplicated that advantage in the second half, led by freshman guard Danielle Flood’s eight points.
Parker coach Tom Klawitter said he was not alarmed by the Vikings’ slow start, especially after seeing the second-quarter surge.
“We got a little quick with the long-range shots,” Klawitter said. “That, and we have to be able to break down their defense a little better.
“Overall, though, I was pleased, especially the way we responded toward the end of the first half. It was just a matter of having them relax, and we came back in the second half to play much better.”
Memorial led 6-5 after the first quarter, but the Spartans were plagued with turnovers. They committed 18 miscues in the first half, including 10 in the decisive second quarter.
“I didn’t think we played great defense,” Klawitter said. “Memorial is weak at the guard position, but we played well enough to cause them to turn the ball over.”
The Vikings’ defense prevented any Spartan from scoring more than five points. Jackie Koykkar, a 6-foot Memorial junior who scored 17 points Tuesday against Oregon, was held to just two field goals for five points.
Memorial’s Taryn Olson, a 6-1 sophomore, had 18 points Monday against Janesville Craig, but she was held to just two free throws by the Vikings.
The Spartans had an obvious size advantage, and it showed up under the boards. In the first half, Parker rarely got a second shot.
“We knew going in that they had that height advantage, so we wanted to make it a full-court game,” Klawitter said. “We did not do a very good job of that.
“We didn’t push the ball the way I would have liked. But when you don’t get clean rebounds and you’re kind of sloppy underneath, it’s hard to run.”
Klawitter said he was pleased with the second-half performance of Flood, but not surprised.
“I expect that from her,” he said. “Danielle will get better, but right now she’s a shooter. She had three threes that were in and out in the first half. We have several girls that have roles, and we just have to learn how to play them.”
Meanwhile, Klawitter was not shy in his criticism of the Big Eight schedule.
“We have another doubleheader coming up with a Friday-Saturday (next week), which is ridiculous this early in the year,” he said. “They are both away, of course. We have only one more home game before the break.”
Parker will prepare for a game at Craig next Friday and a trip to Beloit the next day. The Vikings also had a doubleheader last weekend.
PARKER 46, MEMORIAL 24
Memorial (24)—Wiedholz, 2-0-4; Woods, 2-1-5; Strohm, 1-0-3; Koykkar, 2-0-5; Olson, 0-2-2; Patterson, 2-1-5. Totals: 9-4-24.
Parker (46)—O’Leary, 6-3-17; Newlin, 0-2-2; Koebler, 1-2-4; Klawitter, 1-2-4; Quillman, 1-0-2; Prom, 0-3-3; Martelle, 0-2-2; Flood, 3-0-8; Shepler, 1-0-2; McDonald, 0-2-2. Totals: 13-16-46.
Madison Memorial 6 6 7 5—24
Janesville Parker 5 18 12 11—46
Three-point goals—Memorial 2 (Strohm, Koykkar), Parker 4 (O’Leary 2, Flood 2). Free throws missed—Memorial 4, Parker 3. Total fouls—Memorial 19, Parker 17.
Sophomores—Memorial 29, Parker 27. Parker scoring leaders: Molly Rozeboom, 9; Kathryn Pernot, 7.