Parkview girls win battle for first
The Vikings’ sophomore had just made four field goals in five minutes—including three from behind the arc—and her team was on its way to taking charge of the hotly contested Rock Valley Conference girls basketball game that was a battle for first place.
“I didn’t think I could do that,” Suiter said. “It just surprised me. I thought the first one was just luck, and then after the second, I thought: ‘Ok, I’m on.’ ”
With three players scoring in double digits, Parkview found some revenge with a 54-35 win over the Brodhead team that defeated the Vikings by 11 points earlier this season.
“They out-size us, so I watched them play other teams that were more our size,” said Parkview coach Tina Aasen. “And I told the girls that if we play good, solid defense, we’ll win this game. We’ve been working really hard this week, and it just showed tonight.”
The Vikings improved to 9-1 in the Rock Valley and jumped ahead of Brodhead (9-2) into sole possession of first place.
The game stayed close for three quarters, but Parkview put it away with a 20-4 domination of the final period. That included 11 points from Suiter, who didn’t play until the second half.
Brodhead had control through most of the first quarter, relinquishing the lead only once in the first eight minutes. But Parkview worked to keep the ball out of the hands of Brodhead’s leading scorers and took a 28-26 lead into halftime.
“We didn’t get very good looks at our post,” Brodhead coach Chris Medenwaldt said. “We were pretty nonchalant about passing.”
A second-quarter surge, thanks to some key free throws from Stephanie Aasen and a three-point play from April Wellnitz, put the Vikings ahead 27-24 with nearly three minutes left in the first half.
Parkview never trailed after that.
“We just didn’t make shots, and they made a lot of shots,” Medenwaldt said. “They made the big shots. That really was the story of the game.”
Jasmine Koch had 12 points, including a 5-for-6 effort from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Stephanie Aasen and Suiter finished with 11 points apiece.
For the Cardinals, Kristen Ruchti, who has been averaging 14 points a game, led all scoring with 16. Paige Hoeper had 10 points.
PARKVIEW 54, BRODHEAD 35
Parkview (54)—M. Danielson 1-0-2, Neal 1-1-3, Suiter 4-0-11, Larsen 2-4-8, K. Danielson 1-0-2, Aasen 3-5-11, Draeving 1-0-2, Koch 3-5-12, Wellnitz 1-1-3. Totals: 17-16-54.
Brodhead (35)—Wymer 0-2-2, Ruchti 6-0-12, Mielke 0-1-1, Harding 1-2-4, Hoeper 4-0-10, Lewis 3-0-6. Totals: 14-5-35.
Orfordville Parkview 15 13 6 20—54
Brodhead 17 9 5 4—35
Three-point goals—Parkview 4 (Suiter 3, Koch 1), Brodhead 2 (Hoeper 2). Free throws missed—Parkview 7, Brodhead 4. Total fouls—Parkview 11, Brodhead 18.
Junior varsity—Parkview 58, Brodhead 44.