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Parker girls overwhelm Sun Prairie

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By Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
January 5, 2008
— It isn’t uncommon for Janesville Parker coach Tom Klawitter to empty the bench and give all his players some action in the fourth quarter of a Viking blowout.

Klawitter could have emptied his bench midway through the second quarter here Saturday afternoon against bewildered Sun Prairie.


Parker High unleashed a 20-0 first-half run and led 41-11 at halftime as it cruised to a 75-42 victory over the Cardinals in Big Eight Conference girls basketball.


Catie O’Leary racked up a game-high 16 points, while Alex Klawitter added 15, and Savannah Shepler came off the bench to score 10 to lead the offensive onslaught.


With the victory, second-ranked Parker (10-1, 7-0) maintained a one-game lead over second-place Middleton (7-3, 6-1) in the Big Eight. By losing for the second time in three days, Sun Prairie (5-6) fell from contention to 4-3 in the conference.


The Cardinals’ struggles were perpetuated by a stifling Parker full-court press that even impressed Klawitter.


“The first half I was pretty pleased,” he said. “I thought we took them out of what they wanted to do.”


The Cardinals eventually just wanted to get the ball across the half-court stripe.


After Stephanie Haight’s short jumper tied the game at 4-4, Parker unleashed its vicious press, which led to 12 first-quarter turnovers by the Cardinals and an 18-4 Viking lead.


Belinda Quillman led the early Viking charge with eight first-quarter points.


Parker, however, appeared to just be warming up as the Vikings spent most of the second quarter draining five three-pointers.


Alex Klawitter had three from long range, while Katie Prom added two more to help the Vikings build their 30-point halftime lead.


“It’s nice a combination to have when we make our shots,” coach Klawitter said. “Shepler had some nice shots, and (Danielle) Flood, (Kelley) Koebler and Prom all hit shots, which are the kids who are really making a difference for us.”


Parker continued making shots in the second half and led by as many as 33 points in the third quarter.


Haight countered the Viking attack with a team-high 11 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough for the Cardinals.


“How many points we scored was irrelevant because the reason we scored was because of our defense,” coach Klawitter said. “With the all breaks that we had, it was all caused by our defense.”


And that defense clearly has the Vikings riding high.


PARKER 75, SUN PRAIRIE 42


Sun Prairie (42)—Albi, 1-3-6; Granitz, 1-3-5; Haight, 4-2-11; Chase, 2-3-7; Renz, 0-2-2; Mo. Kraus, 1-1-3; McCabe, 1-2-4; Yakey, 1-2-4. Totals: 11-18-42.


Parker (75)—Klawitter, 6-0-15; O’Leary, 6-3-16; Prom, 2-0-6; Koebler, 2-0-5; Flood, 2-0-4; Quillman, 3-2-8; Shepler, 4-0-10; McDonald, 0-3-3; Newlin, 1-2-4; Martelle, 1-0-2; Quinn, 0-2-2. Totals: 27-12-75.


Sun Prairie 4 7 17 14—42


Parker 18 23 18 16—75


Three point goals—Sun Prairie 1 (Albi), Parker 8 (Klawitter 3, O’Leary, Prom 2, Shelper 2). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 6, Parker 8. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 19, Parker 16.



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