La Follette holds off Parker boys' upset bid
MADISON Chris Redman just wouldn’t allow Janesville Parker’s boys basketball team steal a victory Thursday night.
Parker High trailed throughout the Big Eight Conference game, but pulled within 56-52 on Jason Knutson’s rebound put-back with just over four minutes remaining. That’s when Redman took, scoring 10 of his 32 points over the final 4:04 to carry Madison LaFollette to the 72-63 victory.
“In the beginning, things weren’t working for me,” Redman said. “But then I made a few buckets and got back in it.”
Redman didn’t miss much, making 13 of his 18 field-goal attempts and scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a soaring dunk at the buzzer to cap his big night.
“Redman came up with some big shots,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “He played well, and he was the difference tonight.”
Parker (1-17, 1-15) hung around all night and was within 27-24 at halftime, following Jordan Thompson’s steal and coast-to-coast lay-up before the buzzer. In the third quarter, Cody Simonson tried to keep the Vikings close with 13 of his team-high 19 points.
With his team trailing 56-47, Creed Knutson, who added 10 points, made a free throw and a lay-up. Jason Knutson then got a basket underneath for Parker that cut La Follette’s lead to 56-52 with 4:21 remaining.
Redman countered with a jumper, and Lucas DuBois added a rebound put-back for the Lancers before Thompson drove for a lay-up to cut the LaFollette lead to 60-54.
Thompson hit a three-pointer a minute later to pull Parker within 64-58, but DuBois added two free throws. Redman then drove the baseline for a reverse lay-up and a 68-58 Lancer lead with 1:15 left to end the threat.
“We competed, and it was a very physical game,” Masterson said. “We didn’t back down, and we played hard.
“But I’m very disappointed because we saw this game as one we had a chance to win. We played with them, but just couldn’t get a stop when we needed it.”
LaFollette (8-10, 7-9) played without two starters as DJ Fuller and Marcus Henly were ineligible. Meanwhile, Redman and Brett Klinkner, who added 18 points with 11 in the first quarter, gave Parker more than it could handle.
“Parker came ready to go tonight,” LaFollette coach Reggie Williams said. “But our guys responded and found a way to finish off the game.”
LA FOLLETTE 72, PARKER 63
Parker (63)—Simonson, 8-2-19; Thompson, 5-2-13; Fielder, 1-1-3; Teubert, 4-3-11; J. Knutson, 3-0-6; Anderson, 0-1-1; C. Knutson, 4-1-10. totals: 25-10-63.
La Follette (72)—Dybevik, 3-0-6; Klinkner, 6-2-18; Redman, 13-6-32; Padgett, 2-0-4; Elliott, 1-0-2; Dubois, 3-4-10. Totals: 28-12-72.
Parker 9 15 16 23—63
La Follette 13 14 23 22—72
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Simonson, Thompson, C. Knutson), La Follette 4 (Klinkner 4). Free throws missed—Parker 8, La Follette 5. Total fouls—Parker 18, La Folllette 17.
Sophomores—La Follette 67, Parker 61 (OT).