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Parker girls overcome slow start

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Craig Henquinet/Special to the Gazette
January 11, 2008
— Perspectives change in a hurry in Tom Klawitter’s world of high school girls basketball.

After limiting Sun Prairie to 11 first-half points last Saturday, the Janesville Parker coach saw his Vikings hold Madison East to 14 in the first half Thursday night. The problem was, Parker had just 19 points and trailed three times in the second quarter against the winless Purgolders.


Second-ranked Parker managed to regroup at intermission and pulled away in a 15-4 third quarter, behind 10 points from Catie O’Leary, for a 47-24 victory that kept the Vikings atop the Big Eight Conference at 8-0.


“We just didn’t shoot well,” Klawitter said of his 11-1 team’s slow start. “That will happen. But we figured it out, and that’s a sign of team that can refocus when things don’t go exactly the way you want them.”


After missing her first eight shots, O’Leary opened the second half with a three-pointer and then banked in another from the top of the key to give Parker a 25-16 lead. Alex Klawiter added the next four points, and the Purgolders couldn’t keep up.


O’Leary scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half. Alex Klawitter added 10 of her 12 after halftime.


Kimberly Stanford came off the bench and led the Purgolders (0-10, 0-8) with eight points.


Stanford scored six points in the second quarter as East erased Parker’s 8-4 lead. The 5-10 forward opened the quarter with two straight baskets underneath, and Jodi Schoenemann added two free throws to hand the Purgolders a 10-8 lead.


After Parker missed its first seven shots of the quarter, Katie Prom ended the drought with a three-pointer from the wing. The teams traded baskets until the Vikings scored the last six points of the first half.


“The more they stayed in the game, the more confident they got,” Klawitter said of the Purgolders.


East’s confidence dwindled in the second half, as it made just four more baskets over the final 16 minutes.


Both teams shot under 30 percent on field-goal attempts. However, Parker made seven three-pointers, while the Purgolders misfired on all four of their three-point attempts and committed 24 turnovers.


“I really thought we were off to the races after Catie hit those first two three-pointers to start the second half,” Klawitter said.


As it turned out, he was right.


PARKER 47, EAST 24


Parker (47)—Prom, 3-0-8; Klawitter, 3-4-12; O’Leary, 5-2-14; Koebler, 1-0-3; Quillman, 3-0-6; Flood, 1-0-2; Newlin, 0-2-2. Totals: 16-8-47.


East (24)—Warner, 1-0-2; Heidorn, 0-2-2; Johnson, 2-0-4; McClain, 2-0-4; Stanford, 4-0-8; Schoenemann, 1-2-4. Totals: 10-4-24.


Janesville Parker 8 11 13 15—47


Madison East 4 10 4 6—24


Three-point goals—Parker 7 (Prom 2, Klawitter 2, O’Leary 2, Koebler). Free throws missed—Parker 2, East 2. Total fouls—Parker 7, East 10.


Sophomores—East 47, Parker 39. Parker leading scorer: Molly Rozeboom, 11.


n La Follette 68, Beloit 59—Madison La Follette (5-6, 3-5) withstood visiting Beloit Memorial’s 10 three-point goals to escape with a Big Eight victory.


The Lancers jumped to a 17-5 lead in the first quarter and were up 36-21 at halftime.


Bryanna Bolton hit five three-point goals in scoring 15 points to spark Beloit’s bid for a comeback. Alexia Tann had four three-pointers and a game-high 20 points for the Purple Knights.


Samia Taylor led La Follette with 15 points. Hannah Schwartzer and Taylor Tempe each had 11, and Kenda Shillinglaw added 10.


LA FOLLETTE 68, BELOIT 59


Beloit (59)—Monahan, 9; Carroll, 4; Truttman, 3; Pritchard, 3; Tann, 20; Bridges, 2; Duncan, 2; Bolton, 15; Cokes, 1. Totals 19-11-59.


La Follette (68)—Brown, 8; Arneson, 7; Graff, 5; Probst, 4; Bradley, 3; Wallorn, 2; S. Temple, 2; Taylor, 15; Schwartzer, 11; Shillinglaw, 10; T. Temple, 11. Totals: 24-17-68.


Beloit Memorial 5 16 18 20—59


Madison La Follette 17 19 15 17—68


Three-point goals—Beloit 10 (Bolton 5, Tann 4, Truttman), La Follette 2 (Arneson, Schwartzer). Free throws missed—Beloit 5, La Follette 13. Total fouls—Beloit 24, La Follette 13.


n Middleton 67, Memorial 48—Middleton (9-3, 7-1) whipped Madison Memorial (5-7, 30-5) to stay a game behind league-leading Janesville Parker at the halfway mark in the Big Eight race.


Casey Simon scored 14 points, and Emily Newman added to pace the host Cardinals, who led 17-3 after the first quarter and were never threatened.


n West 50, Sun Prairie 42—Madison West (4-7, 3-5) pulled away from a 25-24 halftime edge to hand host Sun Prairie (5-7, 4-4) its third straight Big Eight loss.


Ellie Pearson led the victorious Regents with 16 points, while teammates Kaylee Heller and Katie Poffenberger added 13 apiece. Allie Grantiz topped Sun Prairie with 11.



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