La Follette turns over Parker
Will the Janesville Parker High boys basketball team suffer from short-term memory loss?
That’s what coach Jim LeMire is hoping will happen.
The Vikings turned the ball over 31 times Tuesday night en route to a 75-39 loss to Madison La Follette in the Big Eight Conference opener.
With Middleton next for the Vikings on Saturday afternoon, LeMire hopes his team can forget about La Follette.
“The biggest thing is for us is to get together as a team in the locker room and regroup,” LeMire said. “Forget about this one, and concentrate on what we need to do better on Saturday.
“We just weren’t ready tonight for what they hit us with,” LeMire said of the Lancers’ full-court pressure that resulted in 19 first-half turnovers. “You can’t give teams in our league any extra opportunities, especially a team like La Follette with Cashton Craig.”
Craig, a 6-foot-1 senior sharpshooter, led all scorers with 20 points. His three-point basket with just under two minutes left in the second quarter pushed La Follette’s lead to 25-16. The Lancers scored the last seven points of the first half after Parker (1-1) had cut the lead to 22-16 on Riley Grafft’s putback with 2:30 left.
Grafft, a 6-10 senior, led Parker with 16 points and six blocks. But the Vikings couldn’t take advantage of Grafft’s size against an undersized La Follette team that didn’t start anyone over 6-4.
Parker got beat time and time again on the defensive boards as La Follette converted numerous second and third opportunities.
“When you have a height advantage, you tend to stand around and wait for somebody else to do the job,” LeMire said. “This is the Big Eight, and that won’t get it done.
“I thought we did a better job the second half of screening out and getting a body on somebody, but we gave them too many extra opportunities.”
After trailing by 13 at half, Parker cut the margin to seven with 3:29 to play in the quarter on Grafft’s second of three dunks he had in the game. The Lancers (2-0) responded with an 8-2 run to end the quarter as they pushed the lead to 44-29.
A 31-point outburst by the La Follette bench in the fourth quarter put a damper on what was a credible effort by Parker up until then.
“You have to approach every game like it’s your biggest game, and maybe we didn’t do that tonight,” LeMire said. “The biggest thing is, we don’t have long to think about.”
LA FOLLETTE 75, PARKER 39
Parker (39)—Holbrook, 4-1-9; Logue, 2-0-4; Fox, 4-0-8; Grafft, 7-2-16; Gunn, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-3-39.
La Follette (75)—Holmen, 1-0-2; Dybevik, 1-2-5; Klinkner, 1-2-4; Waffler, 1-0-3; Chapiewsky, 3-2-9; Redman, 1-0-2; Walters, 4-1-9; Nance, 1-0-2; Craig, 7-3-20; Knop, 2-2-8; Krueger, 1-0-2; Small, 3-1-7; Singh, 0-2-2. Totals: 26-15-75.
Janesville Parker 8 8 13 10—39
Madison La Follette 11 18 15 31—75
Three-point goals—La Follette 8 (Craig 3, Knop 2, Dybevik, Waffler, Chapiewsky). Free throws missed—Parker 7, La Follette 11. Total fouls—Parker 19, La Follette 19.
Sophomores—La Follette 63, Parker 49. Parker is 0-2 overall,and 0-1 in the Big Eight. Parker leading scorers: Cody Simonson, 14; Danny Husen, 12.