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Parker girls pull away from scrappy Sun Prairie

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John McPoland
December 17, 2008
— Sun Prairie wasn’t expected to put up much of a fight against Janesville Parker in Big Eight girls basketball here Tuesday night.

Those expectations didn’t change much when the Vikings’ Catie O’Leary banked in a three-pointer in the opening seconds of Parker High’s first home game of the season.


But the scrappy Cardinals hung around for about 12 minutes before the Vikings’ talent took over in a 62-27 victory that lifted Parker to 3-1 in the Big Eight and overall.


“I don’t know if we thought it was going to be easy or what,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said of his team’s performance during the first 12 minutes. “We had an opportunity to pounce on them, and we let them back in the game.”


That opportunity had the Vikings off to a quick 8-2 lead. But the Cardinals got eight first-quarter points from Alyssa Chase—who would get just one more basket the rest of the game—and trailed just 14-10.


“I didn’t come in thinking it was going to be easy,” said O’Leary, who scored a game-high 19 points. “Sun Prairie hung in there a lot longer than I thought they would.”


After Klawitter called a timeout with 4:40 to go in the second quarter—“I thought Sun Prairie was playing harder than us,” he said—the Vikings inexorably pulled away for the rest of the game.


Among the highlights were:


n Kaynesha Zinn’s nifty back-door pass to Danielle Flood for a buzzer-beating layup to end the second quarter.


n O’Leary’s end-to-end rush for a layup early in the third quarter.


n Frankie Larson’s fourth-quarter steal and three-pointer.


The Vikings, who hit 26 of 50 field-goal attempts, drilled 9 of 11 in the third quarter to build a 45-22 lead.


The Parker reserves scored 19 points and looked especially crisp during the final six minutes—something you can’t always say about garbage time.


“That was exciting to watch the other kids do the things they did,” Klawitter said. “It certainly wasn’t rag-tag time out there.”


Flood backed up O’Leary with 14 points. Zinn scored just six points, but pulled down 11 rebounds.


Klawitter, who loves man-to-man defense, saw his team put the game out of reach in the third quarter by using a zone defense to push the Cardinals (2-3, 1-4) farther and farther away from the basket. Sun Prairie made just 12 of 47 shots and turned he ball over 19 times.


“When we went to a zone defense, I think that threw them for a loop,” O’Leary said.


“We have to be able to play some zone,” said Klawitter, whose team faces cross-town rival Craig on Friday night and won’t play another home game until January.


“That’s another story,” Klawitter of the schedule.


PARKER 62, SUN PRAIRIE 27


Sun Prairie (27)—Renz, 1-0-3; Granitz, 1-0-2; Haight, 2-0-4; Albi, 1-1-3; Chase, 4-2-10; McCabe, 2-0-5. Totals: 11-3-27.


Parker (62)—McDonald, 2-0-4; O’Leary, 8-2-19; Flood, 5-2-14; Zinn, 3-0-6; Shepler, 1-0-2; Chism, 3-0-6; Pernot, 1-0-2; Larson, 1-2-5; Johnson, 2-0-4. Totals: 26-4-62.


Sun Prairie 10 4 8 5—27


Janesville Parker 14 12 19 17—62


Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 2 (Renz, McCabe), Parker 4 (Flood 2, O’Leary, Larson). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 3, Parker 0. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 14, Parker 9.


Sophomores—Sun Prairie 41, Parker 30. Parker record—0-4 Big Eight and overall. Parker leading scorer—Julie Dement, 8 points.



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