Parker earns first Big Eight victory
For the second time in 10 days, the Vikings rebounded from a tough loss the day before with a convincing win 24 hours later.
Riley Grafft torched Sun Prairie for 28 points and Jesse Logue added 15 as the Vikings picked up their first Big Eight Conference win, 56-50.
The Vikings (3-7, 1-6) led by as many as 14 in the second half, but had to hold on after the Cardinals (3-8, 2-5) cut the deficit to three with 1:51 left to play. Parker knocked down 13 free throws in the fourth, but also made things interesting by misfiring on 10 attempts down the stretch.
Parker coach Jim LeMire said getting the ‘W’ was the most important thing, not how the Vikings almost let a double-digit lead slip away late.
“Maybe I should see if they could schedule the rest of our games on back-to-back nights,” LeMire said after watching his team beat Lakeside Lutheran 10 days ago after losing badly to top-ranked Monroe the night before. “That’s the best thing about playing back-to-back. You don’t have much time to think about your previous game.
“Tonight, it was a total team effort. The kids worked hard and did the little things necessary to win. Anytime you can get a win in the Big Eight, you take it.”
Parker controlled play from the start. The Vikings led 6-4 after the opening quarter and pushed the lead to 22-14 by half. Grafft, a 6-foot-10 senior, outscored the Cardinals in the first half, 15-14. His dunk off a perfect feed from Jared Fox gave Parker a 10-7 lead with 6:14 left in the half as he finished with 11 points in the second quarter.
Grafft’s personal highlight reel continued in the second half as he added two more dunks along with four blocks to keep the Cardinals at bay.
Parker led 35-25 after three quarters, but Sun Prairie went on a 15-4 run after the Vikings went up 14 early in the fourth. The Cardinals cut the lead to three and had the ball with 1:51 left to play, but a turnover and Grafft’s putback basket pushed the lead to 52-46. Logue added another basket following an offensive rebound with 44 seconds left to secure the win.
“Jesse had the type of game that we knew he was capable of having,” LeMire said. “He was due to break out at some point, and I’m glad it was tonight.
“Overall, I’m really pleased that we responded the way we did as a team after last night,” LeMire said of the 62-48 loss to Madison West on Friday night.
PARKER 56, SUN PRAIRIE 50
Sun Prairie (50)—Cobb, 2-0-5; Boos, 4-0-8; Waldon, 1-3-5; Handel, 1-0-2; Marshall, 1-2-4; Munz, 4-0-11; Enstad, 4-0-8; Porter, 2-3-7. Totals: 19-8-50.
Parker (56)—Logue, 4-7-15; Moe, 0-1-1; Fox, 0-3-3; Grafft, 11-6-28; Scharenbroch, 0-4-4; Holbrook, 2-1-5. Totals: 17-22-56.
Sun Prairie 4 10 11 25—50
Janesville Parker 6 16 13 21—56
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 4 (Munz 3, Cobb). Free throw missed—Sun Prairie 3, Parker 14. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 25, Parker 13.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie 67, Parker 33. Parker leading scorers: Matt Fiedler and Tyler Teubert, 7.