Parker girls roll past La Follette
And that proved to be way more than Madison La Follette could handle.
Catie O’Leary scored 23 points, and Parker’s full-court press made life miserable for the Lancers, as the Vikings cruised to a 59-27 Big Eight Conference win.
Parker (12-1, 9-0) trailed 13–11 in the second quarter, but finished the half with a 16-1 run to take a 27-14 halftime lead. That was as close as the Lancers (6-7, 3-6) would get.
“La Follette’s game plan coming in was good, and that was to mix defenses against us,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “We couldn’t get our shots to fall the first half, but once we went to the press, that changed the complexion of the game.
“That’s the thing about the ranking, you know everybody you play is going to give you their best. Fortunately, we were patient on offense and the shots eventually started falling.”
O’Leary, whose play continues to warrant all-state recognition at the end of the season, took over in the second quarter. The 5-foot-11 junior had 11 points in the second quarter, including a driving layup and a three-point basket with 1:59 left in the half that gave the Vikings a 27-13 lead.
La Follette had no answer for Parker assistant coach Bob Luchsinger’s full-court press. The Lancers had 13 turnovers the first half, including five straight in the second quarter when they failed to get the ball past half court. La Follette went nearly five minutes without a point as a two-point lead turned into a 14-point deficit.
“I didn’t think the press hurt us, we just didn’t play well,” La Follette coach Matt Krall said. “We didn’t handle a lot of things well tonight. No. 1, we didn’t shoot the ball well and that makes it hard to defend on the other end.”
Parker misfired on 12-of-15 shots from beyond the arc in the first half and was only 6-for-23 for the game. Despite the off night shooting, Klawitter knows not to pull back on the reins.
“If you got a team that can shoot, which I really think we do, you have to keep your confidence in them and let them work out of any slump,” Klawitter said. “Make or miss, the girls know that I have enough confidence in them to allow them to keep shooting.
“And sometimes when your struggling a little on the offensive end, your defense has to continue to get the job done. That’s what happened tonight.”
Senior center Bubba Quillman added 13 for Parker and Alex Klawitter chipped in 12 on four three-point baskets.
PARKER 59, LA FOLLETTE 27
La Follette (27)—Temple, 0-6-6; Brown, 0-1-1; Taylor, 2-2-6; Shillinglaw, 1-0-2; Schwartzer, 2-0-5; Smith, 1-1-3; Wallon, 0-1-1; Probst, 0-1-1; Reinke, 1-0-2. Totals: 7-12-27.
Parker (59)—Klawitter, 4-0-12; Prom, 0-0-0; O’Leary, 9-4-23; Flood, 2-0-5; Martelle, 0-1-1; Koebler, 0-2-2; Quillman, 4-5-13; Shepler, 1-0-2; Zinn, 0-1-1. Totals: 20-13-59.
La Follette 5 9 9 4—27
Parker 8 19 24 8—59
Three-point goals—La Follette 1 (Schwartzer), Parker 6 (Klawitter 4, O’Leary, Flood). Free throws missed—La Follette 10, Parker 6. Total fouls—La Follette 17, Parker 19. Fouled out—Prom.
Sophomores—Parker 53, La Follette 43. Parker is 5-5 overall and 4-5 in the Big Eight. Parker leading scorers: Kathy Pernot 12, Frankie Larson 9