Parkview gets set for Edgerton
Orfordville Parkview did its part Friday night by crushing Clinton, 67-43.
The win moves the Vikings into sole possession of first place in the Rock at 6-0 heading into Monday night’s showdown with second-ranked and unbeaten Edgerton (10-0, 5-0).
The visiting Vikings jumped all over the Cougars as they opened up a 33-15 halftime lead. Coach Paul Saevre emptied his bench early as Parkview was able to avoid a letdown before Monday’s game.
“The one thing I was worried about was looking ahead to Edgerton and not taking care of business tonight,” Saevre said. “But we came out and executed the way I hoped. It started with our defense setting the tone, and that got us going on the offensive end.
“We’ve been improving as a team each and every day, and it starts at practice.”
The onslaught started early against a cold-shooting Clinton team. The Cougars (3-4) managed only 15 points in the first half on 6-for-30 shooting from the field.
Parkview (9-1) led 13-7 after the first quarter and quickly pushed the lead to double digits in the second quarter. Seth Hanson, who finished with 14 points to lead the Vikings, hit two three-pointers early in the second as the lead grew to 27-11. Clinton got no closer than 12 after that and trailed by as many as 26 in the second half.
Sophomore point guard Nick Melton added 11 points for Parkview and was in complete control running the point. Melton led a defense that forced 26 turnovers, including 14 in the first half.
Grant Oldenburg led the Cougars with 10 points, but was the only player in double figures.
With only two days to get ready for Edgerton, Saevre knows his team will have its hands full—especially with Rock Valley scoring leader Bryan Gregory.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Saevre said. “For us to be succesful, it has to start on the defensive end.
“Our confidence continues to grow because our bench has really stepped it up. I’ve got 10 kids that contribute, and I hope that works in our favor.”
PARKVIEW 67, CLINTON 43
Parkview (67)—Wellnitz, 1-1-3; Hanson, 4-3-14; Melton, 5-1-11; D. Johnson, 2-4-9; Mumm, 4-1-9; Naatz, 1-0-2; Woodworth, 4-0-8; Wichser, 1-0-2; Piper, 3-3-9. Totals: 25-13-67.
Clinton (43)—G. Oldenburg, 5-0-10; Eliszewski, 1-0-2; Krebs, 0-0-0; Risseeuw, 2-0-5; Cary, 2-2-6; Gunderson, 2-0-4; DeLong, 1-1-3; Nickel, 1-1-3; N. Oldenburg, 0-1-1; Crivello, 1-1-3; Mulligan, 2-2-6. Totals: 17-8-43.
Orfordville Parkview 13 20 16 18—67
Clinton 7 8 9 19—43
Three-point goals—Parkview 4 (Hanson 3, D. Johnson), Clinton 1 (Risseeuw). Free throws missed—Parkview 16, Clinton 5. Total fouls—Parkview 11, Clinton 23. Fouled out—Risseeuw, Krebs, DeLong.