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Parker boys break losing streak

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Gazette Staff
December 28, 2007
— Janesville Parker High School’s boys basketball team came bounding old of the doldrums in a big way Friday afternoon.

With scoring from eight players, along with solid defense, the Vikings were in control all the way as they broke a six-game losing streak with 62-42 victory over Lakeside Lutheran in the third-place game of the Fort Atkinson holiday tournament.


“We challenged our kids to pick up the intensity, to play hard, and they responded pretty well,’’ said Parker coach Jim LeMire, whose team suffered a 59-27 loss to defending WIAA Division 2 state champion Monroe in Thursday’s semifinals.


Lakeside (5-2), a perennial Capitol Conference power, was undefeated until losing 61-59 to Fort Atkinson in the closing seconds Thursday night. But the Warriors were no match for Parker, which was led by Riley Grafft’s 20 points.


“That game summarized the way the tournament went for us,’’ Lakeside coach Jim Bauer said. “It just was just a nightmare.’’


Parker contributed to that with a defense that held Lakeside standout Justin Eternick scoreless and limited Jared Matthies, the Warriors’ strong 6-4 senior wing, to eight points.


“We keyed on Eternick and Matthies, and to hold a player like Eternick scoreless in a great defensive effort,” LeMire said.


Meanwhile, Parker repeatedly penetrated Lakeside’s defense for numerous lay-ups and overall inside scoring punch en route to collecting 27 field goals.


Senior guard Jared Fox scored eight of his 10 points for Parker in a 15-7 first quarter that put the Vikings in control.


“They were picking him up full court, and he was pretty successful making his moves and penetrating,’’ LeMire said.


Grafft, a 6-10 senior, had eight points in a 16-12 second quarter. That stretched the Vikings’ lead to 31-19, and they never looked back. Senior forward Jesse Logue got six of his 14 points for the Vikings in a 19-9 fourth quarter that sealed the deal.


“Winning a game is big for us and gives us some confidence going into the new year,’’ LeMire said. “It’s something we can build off.’’


PARKER 62, LAKESIDE 42


Parker (62)—Holbrook, 3-0-6; Logue, 7-0-14; Moe, 1-0-2; Sam, 0-4-4; Hesser, 1-0-2; Hilt, 2-0-4; Fox, 5-0-10; Grafft, 9-2-20. Totals: 27-6-62.


Lakeside (42)—Snyder, 0-1-1; Meise, 3-0-6; Bauer, 1-3-5; Gartner, 1-1-3; Krause, 3-0-6; Matthies, 2-2-8; Strohbusch, 5-1-11; Whiting, 1-0-2; Eternick, 0-0-0. Totals: 16-8-42.


Janesville Parker 15 16 16 19—62


Lakeside Lutberan 7 12 14 9—42


Three-point goals—Lakeside 2 (Matthies 2). Free throws missed—Parker 9, Lakeside 10. Total fouls—Parker 18, Lakeside 19.


Monroe 57, Fort Atkinson 34—Mitch Tordorff scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, including three three-point baskets, to lead the Division 2 top-ranked Cheesemakers to a 42-20 command in the championship game of the Fort Atkinson tournament.


Monroe (9-0), the defending Division 2 state champion, held Fort Atkinson (4-3) to single digits in the first three quarters. Josh Meyerhofer scored 12 points for the Blackhawks.


MONROE 57, FORT ATKINSION 34


Monroe (57)—Sampson, 1-2-5; B. Tordorff, 4-0-8; M. Tordorff, 7-1-20; Barta, 0-1-1 Stangel, 3-1-8; Gross, 1-0-2; Grinnell, 1-0-3; Cates, 2-2-6; Sellnow, 2-0-4. Ttoals: 21-7-57.


Fort Atkinson (34)—Dresdow, 1-0-2; Hitt, 2-0-4; Enslin, 1-0-3; Malison, 1-0-2; Meyerhofer, 4-2-12; Masterson, 3-2-8; Kotz, 1-0-3. Totals: 13-4-34.


Monroe 16 9 17 15—57


Fort Atkinson 9 5 6 14—34


Three-point goals—Monroe 8 (M. Tordorff 5, Stangel, Sampson, Grinnell), Fort Atkinson 4 (Meyerhofer 2, Enslin, Kotz). free throws missed—Monroe 6. Fort Atkinson 0. Total fouls—Monroe 12, Fort Atkinson 14.



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