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Stan Milam/Capitol News Service
February 9, 2008
— The triple 20s delivered by Madison West’s Deon Johnson, Corvonn Gaines and Michael Horton were too much for Janesville Parker in Big Eight boys basketball here Saturday night.

West High rode the triplicate to a 70-56 victory in the Vikings’ gym, boosting the Regents to 7-5 in the conference and dropping Parker to 3-10.


Johnson led all scorers with 26 points, while Gaines and Horton each added 20. Gaines scored 18 points in the second half, when West pulled away after Parker played the Regents close in the first half.


“We were just lethargic—not only in the second half, but throughout the game,” said Parker coach Jim LeMire. “I’m not sure if that was the result of the snow days and no practice, but we simply weren’t playing well, and we were not executing.”


Parker was plagued with turnovers, especially in the backcourt. West capitalized on the miscues, with Gaines and Johnson leading the way.


Gaines, a 6-5 senior guard, controlled the tempo in the second half. In the third quarter alone, he scored 12 points on six field goals, including three three-pointers.


Gaines could have taken scoring honors, but he had a bad night from the free-throw line. He made just two of 12 attempts.


“He’s a real challenge because he can hit the outside shot, and he is very quick and strong to the basket,” LeMire said of Gaines.


“He’ll get his points, but I was not pleased to see Johnson put up 26, along with Horton’s 20. Those three players accounted for 66 of their 70 points.”


Parker had a 16-15 lead after the first quarter, thanks to Jared Fox’s basket with five seconds left. Viking post Riley Grafft drew his second foul with 30 seconds left in the quarter, but he was not bothered with foul trouble.


West led 32-29 at halftime, but the Regents increased that to 37-29 before Parker could score in the third quarter. The Vikings clawed back to within three at 46-43, but they never got closer. West took a 55-49 lead into the final period and was in control the rest of the way.


Grafft led Parker with 21 points. Fox and Jesse Logue each added 12.


Parker could have used 6-4 senior D’Merius Holbrook to counter West’s Johnson underneath. Grafft was busy guarding Gaines, but needed help when the West standout drove the lane. Holbrook was on football recruiting trip to Missouri Central.


The Vikings (5-12) now prepare for Sun Prairie on Tuesday in what will be the Vikings’ last road game of the regular season.


“We took a step backwards tonight, but we have three Big Eight games next week to get back on track,” LeMire said.


WEST 70, PARKER 56


West (70)—Johnson, 11-4-26; Gaines, 8-2-20; Horton, 6-5-20; Bester, 1-1-3; Carter, 0-1-1. Totals: 26-13-70.


Parker (56)—Sam, 1-0-2; Fox, 5-2-12; Logue, 6-0-12; Grafft, 7-7-21; Scharenbroch, 2-4-9. Totals: 21-13-56.


Madison West 15 17 23 15—70


Parker 16 13 20 7—56


Three-point goals—West 5 (Horton 3, Gaines 2), Parker 1 (Scharenbroch) . Free throws missed—West 15, Parker 5. Total fouls—West 17, Parker 21.


Sophomores—West 64, Parker 53. Parker leading scorer: Tyler Teubert, 16.


n Memorial 83, La Follette 63—Second-ranked Madison Memorial (16-2, 13-1) clinched its fifth straight undisputed Big Eight Conference championship with a second victory over visiting Madison La Follette (12-5, 9-4) in eight days.


The Spartans’ Derek Nkemnji took scoring honors with 24 points. Devonte Maymon and Vander Blue scored 17 points apiece, while Jeronne Maymon got 14.


D.J. Fuller scored 24 points for La Follette (12-5, 9-4), which fell into a second-place tie with Janesville Craig (12-5, 9-4).


MEMORIAL 83, LA FOLLETTE 63


La Follette (63)—Fuller, 9-5-24; Chadiewsky, 2-0-4; Walters, 3-0-6; Craig, 3-2-9; Knop, 2-0-6; Krueger, 1-0-2; thompson, 4-0-8; Small, 2-0-4. Totals: 26-7-16-63.


Memorial (83)—Ringhand, 1-0-2; Nkemnji, 10-4-24; E. Blue, 1-0-2; D. Maymon, 5-7-17; Creamer, 3-1-7; V. Blue, 7-2-17; J. Maymon, 4-6-14; totals: 31-20-83.


La Follette 15 20 17 11—63


Memorial 19 24 18 22—83


Three-point goals—La Follette 4 (Craig, Fuller, Knop 2). Memorial 1 (V. Blue). Free thropws missed—La Follette 9, Memorial 6. Total fouls—La Follette 24, Memorial 16. Fouled out—Small, Knop, Walters.


n Sun Prairie 74, Beloit 68—The host Purple Knights (5-13, 4-10) trailed 56-46 after three quarters and cut the deficit to 64-62 in the fourth quarter, but they couldn’t get over the hump in a Big Eight loss to Sun Prairie (6-12, 5-9).


Michael Boos scored all of his 16 points in the second half to boost Sun Prairie. Andrew Cobb scored nine of his 20 in the second quarter.


Beloit’s Max Mauel scored 14 points. K.J. Evans had 13, and Marshall Davis added 10.


SUN PRAIRIE 74, BELOIT 68


Sun Prairie (74)—Handel, 1-1-3; Cobb, 7-5-20; Boos, 8-0-16; Munz, 6-0-14; Marshall, 3-1-7; Waldon, 4-2-10; Enstad, 2-0-4. Totals: 31-9-74.


Beloit (68)—Lindsey, 3-2-9; Young, 4-1-9; Lowry, 1-1-3; Smith, 4-0-10; Evans, 6-1-13; Mauel, 6-0-14; Davis, 2-6-10. Totals: 26-11-68.


Sun Prairie 17 16 23 18—74


Beloit Memorial 10 18 18 22—68


Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 3 (Munz 2, Cobb), Beloit 5 (Lindsey, Smith 2, Mauel 2). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 13, Beloit 15. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 17, Beloit 21. Fouled out—Boos, Davis.


Sophomores—Beloit 59, Sun Prairie 55.


Southern Lakes


n Delavan-Darien 54, Fort Atkinson 46—Aaron Logterman registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Comets to a Southern Lakes Conference win.


The Comets (10-8, 7-4) made eight free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.


Tyler Buttke led Delavan-Darien with 12 points, while Josh Meyerhofer led all scorers with 14 for Fort Atkinson (6-10, 4-7).


DELAVAN-DARIEN 54, FORT ATKINSON 46


Fort Atkinson (46)—Hitt, 1-0-2; Belz, 1-0-2; Ensland, 3-2-10; Mallison, 1-5-7; Meyerhofer, 4-2-14; Masterson, 2-0-4; Kottz, 0-5-5. Totals: 12-14-46.


Delavan-Darien (54)—Kieman, 2-3-7; Nieuenhuis, 1-0-3; Oswald, 3-2-9; Folkes, 2-1-6; Brickner, 2-2-6; Lee, 0-1-1; Buttke, 4-4-12; Logterman, 5-0-10. Totals: 19-13-54.


Fort Atkinson 9 13 12 12—46


Delavan-Darien 17 10 11 16—54


Three-point goals—Fort Atkinson 6 (Meyerhofer 4, Ensland 2), Delavan-Darien 3 (Oswald, Nieuenhuis, Folkes). Free throws missed—Fort Atkinson 8, Delavan-Darien 4. Total fouls—Fort Atkinson 18, Delavan-Darien 18. Fouled out—Logterman.


Junior varsity—Fort Atkinson 45, Delavan-Darien 43.



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