Middleton shoots down Parker boys
Madison La Follette 4 1
Madison Memorial 4 1
Janesville Craig 4 2
Middleton 4 2
Madison West 3 2
Madison East 2 3
Beloit Memorial 2 4
Sun Prairie 1 4
Janesville Parker 0 5
Middleton 79, Janesville Parker 48
Madison West at Madison Memorial
Baraboo at Janesville Craig (NC)
Milwaukee Bay View at Middleton (NC)
GAMES JAN. 4
Janesville Craig at Madison East
Janesville Parker at Madison West
Beloit Memorial at Sun Prairie
It didn’t take long for Middleton High School’s boys basketball team to flip the switch Thursday night.
After falling behind 11-9 to Janesville Parker, Middleton went on a 15-2 run over the next three minutes and never looked back. The Cardinals, fresh off a last-second loss to Madison West, used 10 three-pointers and a suffocating defense to overtake the Vikings, 79-48.
Parker (1-5) couldn’t keep up and fell to 0-5 in the Big Eight Conference, while the Cardinals improved to 4-2.
“We didn’t help matters by turning the ball over,” Parker coach Jim LeMire said of the Vikings’ 18 turnovers. “When you’re not strong with the basketball and you give up to a good shooter, who was hot tonight, what do you do?”
Dan Trautman had two three-pointers in the first quarter run and finished with five overall and 15 points for Middleton. Shane McCauley added 13 points for the Cadinals, while 6-10 senior Riley Grafft scored 21 for Parker.
The Vikings had four turnovers during the final three minutes of the opening quarter against Middleton’s trapping, full-court press.
Brooks Braga and Justin Mertes-Mistretta started the blitz with back-to-back lay-ups, followed by consecutive three-pointers from Trautman and Jon Strubbe. Parker went scoreless for more than two minutes until D’Merius Holbrook’s jumper cut the Middleton lead to 21-13.
That was as close as Parker would get, as Middleton hit seven of its 13 shots of the second quarter to lead 40-22 at halftime.
“We knew they like to penetrate and kick it out to their shooters,” LeMire said. “They hit 10 threes—what are you going to do? We couldn’t trade twos for threes all night.”
The lead grew to 52-26 as Middleton connected on five of its first seven shots of the second half, capped by consecutive three-pointers from Trautman.
MIDDLETON 79, PARKER 48
Parker (48)—Holbrook, 4-0-8; Scharenbroch, 1-0-3; Hesser, 0-1-1; Sam, 0-2-2; Knutson, 1-2-4; Thompson, 0-2-2; Fox, 3-0-6; Grafft, 9-1-21; Jones, 0-1-1. Totals: 18-9-48.
Middleton (79)—Kruckenberg, 3-1-7; Semenas, 2-0-4; Braga, 4-0-8; Martin, 2-1-6; Mathews, 1-0-3; Mertes-Misteretta, 2-0-5; Dean, 5-2-13; Lochner, 3-1-7; Trautman, 5-0-15; Nunnery, 1-0-2; Stubbe, 2-0-5; Hudson, 2-0-4. Totals: 32-5-79.
Janesville Parker 13 9 13 13—48
Middleton 24 16 26 13—79
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Scharenbroch, Grafft 2), Middleton 10 (Trautman 5, Dean, Mertes-Misteretta, Mathews, Martin, Stubbe). Free throws missed—Parker 12, Middleton 1. Total fouls—Parker 11, Middleton 20.
Sophomores—Middleton 62, Parker 39.