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Parker girls overwhelm California opponent

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Glae Thien/Special to the Gazette
December 28, 2007
— In their first game since visiting Sea World on their tournament trip, Catie O'Leary and Belinda Quillman had a whale of a time helping lead Janesville Parker High School’s girls basketball team in the semifinals of the Surf ‘N Slam Hoop Classic.

O’Leary scored 15 points, and Quillman had a season-best 13 rebounds as the unbeaten Vikings overwhelmed Sonora of La Habra, Calif., 54-21, here Friday at Point Loma High.


Parker (8-0) pulled away with 18 straight points over the last 6:55 of the second quarter for a 32-7 halftime lead.


The victory put the Vikings into today’s Slam Division final at 3:45 p.m. (CST) against Mercyhurst (Pa.), which advanced with a 44-40 double overtime win over St. Joseph of Santa Maria, Calif.


“We had a fun day yesterday,” O’Leary said in reference to the trip to the famed aquatic park. “Then we knew that we had to come out strong and play hard.”


The Vikings took advantage of an early tip-off for their tourney opener to take in the sights at Sea World after claiming a 53-48 quarterfinal victory Thursday over Justin-Siena of Napa, Calif.


“We saw Shamu, and a lot of the girls were pretty excited about petting the stingrays,” said O’Leary, a junior, who counted herself among them.


This trip meant the first plane ride for Quillman, as the Vikings traveled for their first out-of-state tourney since participating in a Phoenix event in 2002.


“The flight was exciting,” said Quillman, a senior. “I looked out the window the whole time. Then I got wet from the dolphins (at Sea World).’’


After that, Parker soaked Sonora (6-7) from start to finish. The Vikings allowed just four points in the first quarter, then only three in the second and two in the third to take a 47-9 lead into the final period.


Parker set a season best for fewest points allowed, surpassing its 46-24 victory over Madison Memorial.


“We really focus on team defense,” O'Leary said, “and we did a very good job of that today.”


The Vikings helped force Senora into 10 of its 26 turnovers in the first quarter. In the process, they built a 12-4 lead, while holding the Raiders scoreless for nearly six minutes into the second period.


While O'Leary scored 12 points in the first half, Quillman pulled 10 of her rebounds before halftime.


“I was going after every rebound,” said Quillman, a 6-foot forward, who scored four points. “I felt good. It’s my job to rebound. Let Catie and the others score, and I’ll rebound.”


To highlight Parker's second-quarter surge, Alex Klawitter hit back-to-back three-pointers for the first treys of the game. She finished with three, while scoring 11 points.


Parker coach Tom Klawitter began substituting liberally midway through the third quarter.


“It was nice to play a lot of kids,” he said. “When you have a three-game tournament, it’s nice to be able to rest some kids.


“We played a lot of combinations, and sometimes your continuity kind of goes away,’’ coach Klawitter said. “But for the most part, we didn’t drop off much.”


Kanesha Zinn came off the bench to get seven points for the Vikings, who had nine players score, while everybody gained valuable experience.


“The girls really learn a lot about attitude and concentration (in a tournament),” coach Klawitter said. “No matter what kind of gym it is, what kind of opponent it is, they learn just to stay focused. They did a nice job of that in this game.’’


In the Phoenix tourney, Parker had an opening win but then two losses. So the Vikings have gone beyond that here. And now they go for a tournament title.


PARKER 54, SONORA 21


Sonora (21)— Thomas, 3-0-6; Willis, 0-1-1; Walton, 2-0-4; Ulrich, 2-0-4; Kimberly, 2-0-4; Morales, 1-0-2. Totals: 10-1-21.


Parker (54)—Prom, 1-1-3; Klawitter, 4-0-11; McDonald, 2-0-4; Newlin, 1-2-4; O’Leary, 4-7-15; Flood, 1-0-3; Martelle, 0-1-1; Koebler, 1-0-2; Quillman, 2-0-4; Zinn, 3-1-7. Totals: 17-12-54.


Sonora 4 3 2 12—21


Janesville Parker 12 20 15 7—54


Three-point goals—Parker 4 (Klawitter 3, Flood). Free throws missed—Sonora 7, Parker 2. Total fouls—Sonora 15, Parker 6.


Surf ’N Slam


Hoop Classic


At Point Loma High School,


San Diego


(Central Times)


SLAM DIVISION


Results Thursday


Quarterfinals


Janesville Parker 53, Justin-Siena (Calif.) 48


Sonora (Calif.) 41, Mercer Island (Wash.) 39


St. Joseph (Calif.) 42, Sonoma Valley (Calif.) 39


Mercyhurst (Pa.) 56, North Eugene (Ore.) 36


Results Friday


Consolation Semifinals


Justin-Siena 64, Mercer Island 36


Sonoma Valley 64, North Eugene 50


Championship Semifinals


Janesville Parker 54, Sonora 21


Mercyhurst 44, St Joseph 40 (2 OT)


Games Saturday


Finals


11 a.m.—Seventh place: Mercer Island vs. North Eugene


12:30 p.m.—Consolation championship: Justin Siena vs. Sonoma Valley


2 p.m.—Third place: Sonora vs. St. Joseph


3:45 p.m.—Championship: Janesville Parker vs. Mercyhurst



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