Top-ranked Monroe overpowers Parker
Janesville Parker High School’s boys basketball team is struggling.
The Vikings had another difficult time Thursday in suffering through their sixth straight defeat.
Mitch Tordoff scored 15 points, while Brett Stangel and Tony Cates added 13 each, as defending WIAA Division 2 state champion Monroe pounded Parker, 59-27, in the semifinals game of the Fort Atkinson holiday tournament.
The top-ranked Cheesemakers (8-0), winners of 24 straight, play Fort Atkinson (5-2) in tonight’s 6 o’clock title game. Parker (1-6) faces Lakeside Lutheran (5-1) in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
Parker could get nothing going offensively against Monroe and wasn’t much more effective on defense. The Vikings attempted only 15 shots in the first half and were 1-for-9 in the second quarter in falling behind 26-9 by halftime.
“We stressed at halftime and we stressed after the game that you can’t make shots you don’t take,” Parker coach Jim LeMire said. “It comes down to a matter of execution and having enough confidence to take the shot. Other than Riley (Grafft), we don’t have anyone that seems willing to take an open shot.
“It’s frustrating,” LeMire said of Parker’s tendency to work the ball around for 30 or 45 seconds, only to turn it over or put up an off-balance shot. “We have to find a way to work through it, though.”
With the game tied early at 2-2, Monroe went on an 11-2 run to take control. Tony Cates, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, did most of the damage for the Cheesemakers.
With the 6-10 Grafft on the bench because of two quick fouls, Cates scored six points as Monroe led 13-4 lead after the first quarter. The Vikings got closer than nine the rest of the way.
Monroe, which received all 10 first-place votes in this week’s Associated Press Division 2 poll, led 45-16 after three quarters.
Coach Pat Murphy was pleased with his Cheesemakers’ defensive effort, but he was hoping for more on offense.
“I didn’t think we did a real good job adjusting to Parker’s size and athleticism the first half,” Murphy said. “Parker had three or four blocks before we figured out you can’t just go down there and put a shot up.
“But defensively, to limit them to the points we did, gave us a chance. That’s something we can build off of.”
The only consolation for the Vikings is that they don’t have long to think about the lopsided loss.
“It’s a matter of not looking back, but looking ahead,” LeMire said. “That’s the good thing about tournament basketball is that you play right away the next day.
“Hopefully, we can take a step forward tomorrow.”
MONROE 59, PARKER 27
Parker (27)—Fox, 1-0-2; Logue, 2-2-6; Grafft, 5-2-13; Scharenbroch, 1-0-2; Sam, 0-1-1; Jones, 0-1-1; Hesser, 1-0-2. Totals: 10-6-27.
Monroe (59)—M. Tordoff, 6-1-15; Gross, 1-0-2; Cates, 5-3-13; Stangel, 4-2-13; Turek, 1-0-2; B. Tordoff, 3-0-7; Hart, 2-0-5; Sampson, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-6-59.
Janesville Parker 4 5 7 11—27
Monroe 13 13 19 14—59
Three-point goals—Parker 1 (Grafft), Monroe 7 (Stangel 3, M. Tordorff 2, B. Tordorff, Hart). Free throws missed—Parker 9, Monroe 5. Total fouls—Parker 11, Monroe 13.
Sophomores—Monroe 68, Parker 44. Parker is 1-6 overall. Parker leading scorers: Tyler Teubert 13, Matt Fiedler 12.
Fort Atkinson 61, Lakeside 59—Josh Meyerhofer made two free throws with six seconds left to lift the Blackhawks over the previously unbeaten Warriors (5-1) in the second game of the Fort Atkinson tournament.
Lakeside had a chance to win on a final shot, but Justin Eternick’s three-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.
Meyerhofer and Reid Hitt paced the Blackhawks (4-2) with 16 points each. Lakeside’s Jared Mathies led all scorers with 25.
FORT ATKINSON 61, LAKESIDE 59
Lakeside (59)—Schwartz, 1-0-3; Bauer, 3-0-6; Eternick, 4-3-12; Krause, 1-0-2; Zastrow, 1-1-3; Mathies, 10-0-25; Schmidt, 1-0-2; Stoabuch, 3-0-6. Totals: 24-4-59.
Fort Atkinson (61)—Budlong, 1-0-2; Hitt, 6-4-16; Ensland, 3-3-9; Mallison, 4-0-8; Meyerhofer, 6-3-16; Burrow 2-0-4; Masterson, 1-0-2; Kotz, 2-0-4. Totals: 25-10-61.
Lakeside Lutheran 8 25 10 16—59
Fort Atkinson 14 14 18 15—51
Three-point goals—Lakeside 7 (Mathies 5, Eternick, Schwartz), Fort Atkinson 1 (Meyerhofer). Free throws missed—Lakeside 4, Fort Atkinson 7. Total fouls—Lakeside 19, Fort Atkinson 13.