Parker battles past Middleton
It featured a daring three-point goal that helped put Parker High into the conference win column for third time this season.
With the Vikings ahead 53-49, Jared Fox hit a short jumper from the lane to put Parker up by six. With just over a minute left, Middleton turned the ball over, and Parker coach Jim LeMire called for his players to slow things down.
But after just a few seconds had elapsed during Parker possession, B.J. Scharenbroch launched a three-point shot as LeMire and the Parker fans held their breath.
“I never say it’s a bad decision if it goes in, but when he put that up I was saying ‘no, no, no,’ ” LeMire said. “In this case, it was a great decision, and we were all yelling ‘yes, yes, yes.’ ”
Scharenbroch’s goal gave Parker a commanding 58-49 advantage with 1:10 left. Middleton gamely fired up several three-point attempts, but Parker’s Riley Grafft and Jesse Logue cleared the boards to preserve the Viking win.
Parker improved to 5-10 overall, 3-8 in the Big Eight, while Middleton dropped to 7-9 and 5-7 by losing for the sixth time in seven games.
“You could see the confidence we have just watching tonight’s game,” LeMire said. “Things just go so much better when you have that confidence and your shots start finding the bottom of the net.”
Grafft, the Big Eight’s second-highest scorer, finished with 10 points. But his contributions to the win included strong rebounding, several blocked shots, passes and a key three-point goal.
After a scramble under the Middleton basket, the ball squirted out beyond the three-point stripe, where Grafft picked it up and canned a long goal off the backboard. His three-pointer turned Parker’s 42-40 deficit into a 43-42 advantage at the buzzer heading into the final quarter
With Grafft struggling offensively, Fox picked up the scoring slack.
“We saw right away Jared was quicker than Middleton’s defense, so we encouraged him to drive inside,” LeMire said. “He was strong to the basket, and it paid off.”
Fox led all scorers with 20 points. Two other Vikings joined Fox and Grafft in double figures, with Logue and Scharenbroch each scoring 12.
Saturday’s game was a 180-degree turnaround for the Vikings, who lost 79-48 to Middleton earlier in the season.
Parker has an opportunity to begin a win streak, but will have only one practice day to get ready for it. The Vikings host Beloit Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
PARKER 60, MIDDLETON 51
Middleton (51)—Lochner, 2-1-5; Nunnery, 0-2-2; Stubbe, 3-0-6; Mertes-Mistretta, 4-0-9; Hudson, 8-0-16; Semenas, 1-0-2; Everson, 2-0-5; Trautman, 1-0-3; Dean, 1-0-3. Totals: 21-3-51.
Parker (60)—Moe, 2-0-4; Fox, 10-0-20; Logue, 4-4-12; Grafft, 4-1-10; Scharenbroch, 5-0-12; Holbrook, 1-0-2. Totals: 26-5-60.
Middleton 10 19 13 9—51
Janesville Parker 13 12 18 17—60
Three-point goals—Middleton 3 (Ecverson, Troutman, Dean), Parker 3 (Scharenbroch 2, Grafft). Free throws missed—Middleton 1, Parker 3. total fouls—Middleton 11, Parker 11.
n Milwaukee Madison 52, Craig 47—The visiting Knights (8-10) took control down the stretch to top Janesville Craig in a nonconference game.
Copper Cullen scored seven of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter to help Craig build a 16-7 lead. After a nip-and-tuck second quarter, Madison grabbed a 29-27 halftime lead on Theodis Euerell’s rebound basket in the closing seconds.
The Knights carried a 41-36 lead into the fourth quarter and extended it to 10 points. Adebambe Courtney hit a pair of three-point goals, and Josh Brown scored four of his 15 points in the final period to keep Madison on top.
Kyle Goike backed up Cullen with 11 points for Craig, which fell to 11-5 with only its third loss in the last 13 games.
MADISON 52, CRAIG 47
Madison (52)—Butler, 1-0-2; Brown, 6-2-15; Roberts, 3-0-6; Courtney, 3-0-9; Franklin, 3-0-6; Euerell, 2-1-5; King, 4-1-9. Totals: 22-4-52.
Craig (47)—Cullen, 5-5-16; Goike, 2-6-11; Pregont, 1-4-6; Burns, 4-1-9; Clanfield, 0-1-1; Kuehne, 1-0-2; Craig, 1-0-2. Totals: 14-17-47.
Milwaukee Madison 13 16 12 11—52
Janesville Craig 16 11 9 11—47
Three-point goals—Madison 4 (Courtney 3, Brown), Craig 2 (Goike, Cullen). Free throws missed—Madison 2, Craig 7. Total fouls—Madison 19, Craig 11.
Sophomores—Madison 64, Craig 62.
n Memorial 62, La Follette 43—Second-ranked Madison Memorial (13-2, 10-1) raced to a 20-point halftime lead over Madison La Follette (8-3, 11-4) in the battle for the Big Eight lead.
Jeronne Maymon led the visiting Spartans with 17 points, and nobody reached double figures for La Follette.
MEMORIAL 62, LA FOLLETTE 43
Memorial (62)—Creamer, 8; Blue, 6; Jones, 5; Ringhand, 3; McClurg, 2; J. Maymon, 17; D. Maymon, 11; Nkemji, 10. Totals: 24-12-62.
La Follette (43)—Fuller, 9; Craig, 7; Redman, 6; Thompson, 6; Holmen, 6; Waffler, 4; Walters, 3; Small, 2. Totals: 16-9-43.
Madison Memorial 18 20 11 13—62
Madison La Follette 8 10 8 17—43
Three-point goals—Memorial 2 (Jones, J. Maymon), La Follette 2 (Fuller, Craig). Free throws missed—Memorial 8 La Follette 2. Total fouls—Memorial 11, La Follette 18.