Sun Prairie rolls over Parker boys
In fact, the 6-foot-10 senior scored in 28 points—half of the Vikings’ total in their 56-50 victory over the Cardinals.
So the degree of difficulty figuring out the strategy of each team heading into Tuesday night’s rematch was zilch. Pretty simple. Get Grafft the ball. Deny Grafft the ball.
Both coaches agreed Grafft was the focal point.
“Definitely,” said first-year Sun Prairie coach Jay Swanson. “Grafft is a great player, and we didn’t do a very good job on him the first time. We needed to make sure he wasn’t the one who beat us this time. The focus this week was to make things harder for him.”
Grafft figured prominently into Parker’s plan as well. That game plan never materialized, however, as the Cardinals (7-12, 6-9) came out blazing and scorched the nets early en route to a one-sided 71-41 victory.
Sun Prairie made 10 of 16 field-goal attempts in the first quarter and built a 13-2 lead just 2:30 into the game. Although Parker (5-13, 3-11) fought back and narrowed the gap, the Cardinals went on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 26-14 entering the second quarter.
Mike Munz, who led all scorers with 17 points, had a pair of three-pointers and two other field goals for 10 first-quarter points. Matt Waldon, who finished with 11 points, had five points, as did Andrew Cobb.
Junior Korey Enstad, who came off the bench and contributed 16 points, finished the first quarter with a four-point play after being fouled on a three-pointer.
Sun Prairie continued red-hot in the second quarter, converting 7 of 14 field-goal attempts, while the Vikings shot a cool 1-for-8. Starting with a Waldon dunk at the 4:12 mark, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run before Parker scored its lone field goal—a basket by Jared Fox with 1:23 left in the quarter.
Enstad finished the first half by scoring four unanswered points as Sun Prairie outscored the Vikings 17-3 in the second quarter for a 43-17 halftime lead.
Enstad had six points, Munz five and Waldon four as Sun Prairie had a 15-11 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
Sun Prairie took a 58-28 lead into the fourth quarter as both teams emptied their benches early.
Grafft and D’Merius Holbrook shared scoring honors for Parker with eight points apiece.
“The game gets pretty easy when the ball goes in the hole,” said Swanson. “We got off to a good start, and when you get those first couple of shots to fall, and you get a couple of key rebounds to keep them without some points early, it builds your confidence. And you just go from there.”
Sun Prairie’s pinpoint accuracy was something Parker never recovered from.
“You have to give credit to them. They hit the open shots when they could,” said Parker coach Jim LeMire. “We didn’t help matters because we just couldn’t hold onto the ball. We just didn’t play good basketball tonight.
“When it rains it pours. They played well, and we didn’t play well at all. It didn’t seem like we showed up. But give credit to them for shooting the ball well.”
LeMire said it was a game to forget and move on.
“The best part of it is you walk out of the locker room and tell them to forget about it and have a short-term memory,” said LeMire, “because we have Beloit (tonight) right away on a reschedule. It’s just one we like to forget.”
SUN PRAIRIE 71, PARKER 41
Parker (41)—Holbrook, 3-2-8; Logue, 2-1-5; Rung-Slatter, 2-0-4; Scharenbroch, 1-0-2; Moe, 0-1-1; Sam, 1-0-2; Knutson, 0-1-1; Thompson, 1-0-2; Hilt, 1-0-2; Fox, 2-2-6; Grafft, 2-3-8. Totals: 15-10-41.
Sun Prairie (71)—Cobb, 4-1-9; Rhode, 1-0-2; Boos, 3-0-7; Munz, 7-0-17; Sowe, 1-1-3; Pohlman, 1-0-2; Waldon, 5-1-11; Enstad, 5-5-16; Opps, 1-0-2; Kintner, 1-0-2. Totals: 29-7-71.
Janesville Parker 14 3 11 13—41
Sun Prairie 26 17 15 13—71
Three-point goals—Parker 1 (Grafft), Sun Prairie 6 (Munz 3, Enstad, Boos, Cobb). Free throws missed—Parker 12, Sun Prairie 5. Total fouls—Parker 14, Sun Prairie 21.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie 65, Parker 45. Leading Parker scorers: Tanner Moe 10, Matt Fielder 9, Cody Simonson 8.