Hot-shooting Sun Prairie grounds Parker boys
SUN PRAIRIE Monday morning Sun Prairie’s very own Jimmy the Groundhog crawled out of his hole and predicted six more weeks of winter.
Thursday night the Sun Prairie High boys basketball team climbed out of its deep hole—a seven-game losing streak—by defeating Janesville Parker, 63-40, in Big Eight Conference action.
Simply put, it was a night where the Cardinals (6-9, 4-9) were hot and the Vikings (1-15, 1-13) were not. Sun Prairie hit 24 of 45 field-goal attempts to just 15 of 57 for Parker.
“We had some decent shots in the first half, but give Sun Prairie credit,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “They came out red hot, and we weren’t hitting anything. It’s tough when you aren’t making any baskets.”
Junior guard Michael Boos set the tone for Sun Prairie by starting the first quarter with a three-pointer and ending it the same way. His third three-pointer of the first period was half-court buzzer-beater.
Boos scored 11 of his 14 points in the first quarter. Sophomore Jordan Noskowiak, who also had 14, added five points in the first quarter as Sun Prairie jumped out to a 25-10 lead, sinking 10 of 15 field-goal attempts.
Sun Prairie never cooled off in the second quarter, making five of nine shots. Parker’s cool shooting turned downright frigid as the Vikings misfired on their first 10 shots and made only 3 of 18 from the field as the Cardinals forged a 38-18 halftime lead.
Two Danny Husen three-pointes accounted for six of Parker’s eight second-quarter points.
Parker’s Jordan Thompson hit a three-poiner at the 5:49 mark of the third quarter, but the Vikings’ didn’t get another basket for 4:44 as Sun Prairie used a 16-0 run to build a 54-23 lead.
Husen led Parker with 12 points and Creed Knutson finished with 10 points.
While Masterson said it was a night to forget shooting-wise, he did find some consolation in the fact the Vikings had fewer than 10 turnovers.
“We did take care of the ball and when we ran things we looked alright, but the ball just wasn’t going in,” said Masterson. “I guess what I was most disappointed in was our lack of defensive intensity. We didn’t move our feet. We didn’t box out very well at the beginning of the game.
“The first quarter is where we lost the game. They were much more aggressive than we were.
“We’ve been getting better and better as the year has gone along, but for some reason tonight our intensity level was not where it needs to be. For the first eight minutes, we didn’t have it, and then we had to scratch and claw to make it a game after that. It was just too much for us to overcome.”
SUN PRAIRIE 63, PARKER 40
Parker (40)—Thompson, 2-0-6; Teubert, 0-2-2; Husen, 4-1-12; J. Knutson, 3-0-6; C. Knutson, 4-0-10; Lehr, 2-0-4. Totals: 15-3-40.
Sun Prairie (63)—Burchette, 0-2-2; Cobb, 1-0-2; Porter, 0-1-1; Handel, 2-2-6; Enstad, 3-1-8; Boos, 5-0-14; Pohlman, 1-0-2; Marshall, 4-0-8; Noskowiak, 5-4-14; Wilberding, 2-0-4; Opps, 1-0-2. Totals: 24-10-63.
Janesville Parker 10 8 5 17—40
Sun Prairie 25 11 18 9—63
Three-point goals—Parker 7 (Husen 3, Thompson 2, C. Knutson 2), Sun Prairie 5 (Boos 4, Enstad). Free throws missed—Parker 1, Sun Prairie 5. Total fouls—Parker 12, Sun Prairie 11.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie won.