Parker girls spot flaws in win
Committing 24 fouls and allowing the Cardinals to shoot 32 free throws here Thursday night gnawed at the Vikings like bad cell-phone service.
"We were fouling and not really playing good defense," Parker forward Kaynesha Zinn said. "That kind of hurt us."
Nonetheless, Parker High remained perfect on the season in girls basketball and atop the Big Eight Conference at 4-0 with 49-39 victory on a night when the Vikings did not allow a basket by Sun Prairie until 11 seconds into the second quarter.
Zinn's lay-up with 1:26 left in the first half gave the Vikings a 26-9 lead, but Parker allowed the Sun Prairie to close with an 18-11 advantage to sour the night.
"We had some mental lapses, where we fouled too much," Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. "The fouls took away from the overall defensive game, but it was pretty good.
"We held them under 40 points, so you have to be happy with that, but more than half of their points were free throws, and that's what kept them in the game."
Zinn and Danielle Flood each had 12 points to lead Parker.
Michigan Tech recruit Paige Albi had a game-high 19 points for the Cardinals, with nine in the fourth quarter and 14 points off free throws.
Utilizing its patented full-court pressure defense, Parker frustrated the Cardinals (2-3 in the Big Eight and overall) into 18 turnovers and held Sun Prairie to eight field goals in 33 attempts (24 percent).
"Their pressure was the key," Sun Prairie coach Liz Hrodey said. "If we want to compete at this next level, we've to work against pressure and respond better to pressure."
Parker scored the first nine points and led 28-16 at half, behind eight points from Zinn and seven from Flood. The lead grew to 38-18 after two free throws from Sadie Johnson, which capped a 10-2 run to open the second half.
Parker's command was never threatened as Courtney Schumacher add two more free throws to push the lead to 48-33 with 30 seconds left, but Sun Prairie closed with a 6-1 flurry to cut the final deficit to 10 points.
Exhaustion may have had something to do with the finish, since the Vikings were coming off an overtime victory Tuesday against Verona.
"That Verona game was mentally and physically exhausting," Zinn said. "We all talked about it at school the next day. We were all scruffy and didn't put on make-up. It was rough."
Much like the rough night Sun Prairie endured against the Parker defense.
PARKER 49, SUN PRAIRIE 39
Parker (49)—Franklin, 2-0-4; Pernot, 1-0-2; Flood, 4-3-12; Shepler, 1-0-2; Zinn, 5-2-12; Johnson, 2-3-7; Hartwig 1-4-6; Schumacher, 0-3-3; Conroy, 0-2-2. Totals: 16-16-49.
Sun Prairie (39)—Rodenkirch, 1-0-3; Bartow, 4-2-10; Albi 2-14-19, Yentz, 1-1-3; Hoffman, 0-2-2; Baldwin, 0-2-2. Totals: 8-21-39
Janesville Parker 9 19 10 11—49
Sun Prairie 1 15 5 18—39
Three-point goals—Parker 1 (Flood). Free throws missed—Parker 6, Sun Prairie 11. Total fouls—Parker 24, Sun Prairie 19. Fouled out—Zinn.
Sophomores—Parker 49, Sun Prairie 23. Parker leading scorer: Nicole Fugate, 16.