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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Here’s a fourth-quarter stat from Janesville Parker’s 49-34 girls basketball victory here Friday night over Madison Memorial: Catie O’Leary 14, Memorial 13.

The 5-foot, 10-inch Loyola University of Chicago-bound O’Leary outscored the Memorial team in the final quarter en route to a game-high 28 to ensure that Parker High (15-4, 14-3) kept pace in a three-way tie for the Big Eight Conference lead with Verona and Middleton, also winners Friday night.

So now, with one game to go, a final showdown is set. After beating Middleton here Thursday, Parker has a rematch with the Cardinals next Thursday at Middleton, and the winner will at least share the championship.

Memorial (6-13, 5-12) took a 2-0 lead over Parker, but the Vikings came back with an 8-0 run and remained in control throughout the game.

After a shaky first quarter that ended with Parker out front 8-5, O’Leary and Danielle Flood stepped it up. The backcourt pair scored 14 of Parker’s 16 points in the second quarter as the Vikings pulled out a 24-10 halftime lead.

Parker coach Tom Klawitter had mixed emotions after the game.

“I wasn’t sure how we’d come back after a tough game last night against Middleton,” he said of the 53-50 win over the Cardinals. “I was more concerned when this game was played more like a rugby match than a basketball game.

“We responded well, especially in the second half,” he said. “But it was a very rough game tonight.”

Klawitter was pleased that O’Leary had a great night, but also noted another Parker win with a supporting cast.

Klawitter singled out Kaynesha Zinn and China Franklin, who came off the bench to add strength underneath, and Kathryn Pernot, who provided a spark when bodies started flying around for the ball.

O’Leary had another complete game with nine field goals, including a pair of three-point baskets. She was 8-for-10 on free throws, while Flood added 11 points.

Parker’s defense held Memorial to just 10 first-half points. Klawitter got solid defensive performances from Jenna Miland and Savannah Shepler, although neither showed up in the scoring column.

Memorial had no answers for a swarming Parker man-to-man defense. Amy Patterson led the Spartans with eight points, five of them in the fourth quarter after Parker had built up a 20-point lead.

Memorial’s Mandie Wiedholz, who scored 17 against Parker last month, was held to just four points. Taryn Olson, who came into the Parker game with a team-high 9.7 Big Eight scoring average, scored six.

The Vikings will take a well-deserved break before the big rematch with Middleton.

Big Eight eyes also will be on the Janesville Craig gym Thursday night, where the Cougars host a Verona team that also will be going for co-championship.

--Stan Milam, Capitol News Service


Memorial (34)—Wiedholz, 2-0-4; Woods, 2-2-6; Golz, 1-1-3; Koykkar, 2-2-6; Olson, 2-2-6; Patterson, 2-4-8; Becker, 1-0-2; Henderson, 1-0-2. Totals: 12-9-34.

Parker (49)—McDonald, 2-0-4; O’Leary, 9-8-28; Flood, 3-4-11; Zinn, 2-0-4; Franklin, 1-0-2. Totals: 17-12-49.

Madison Memorial 5 5 11 13—34

Janesville Parker 8 16 9 16—49

Three-point goals—Memorial 1 (Woods), Parker 3 (O’Leary 2, Flood). Free throws missed—Memorial 5, Parker 4. Total fouls—Memorial 18, Parker 14.

Sophomores—Memorial 32. Parker 29. Parker leading scorers: Frankie Larson 9, Katie Conroy, 8.

n La Follette 46, East 38—Nyakour Deang scored 22 points but it wasn’t enough to lift the host Purgolders (8-11, 7-10) past the Lancers (11-8, 9-8).

Samia Taylor led the Lancers with 10 points.


La Follette (46)—Schwartzer, 9; Stephens, 8; Temple, 7; Singh, 7; Probst, 3; Bradley, 2; Taylor, 10. Totals: 16-12-46.

East (38)—Almou, 7; Holmes, 3; Deang, 22; Jackson, 2; Hutchins, 2; Dyer, 2. Totals: 16-4-38.

La Follette 17 4 6 19—46

Madison East 8 8 10 12—38

Three-point goals—La Follette 2 (Stephens, Probst), East 2 (Deang, Holmes). Free throws missed—La Follette 5, East 3. Total fouls—La Follette 9, East 14.

n Verona 68, Sun Prairie 42—The host Wildcats (15-4, 14-3) coasted past the Cardinals to remain in a three-way tie for first place in the Big Eight.

Ally Tackett had 22 points to lead Verona, while Stephanie Haight had 17 for Sun Prairie (4-15, 3-14).


Sun Prairie (42)—Slattery, 1; Bartow, 7; Chase, 5; Rodenkirch, 5; Granitz, 4; Albi, 3; Haight, 17; Kraus, 1. Totals: 15-9-42.

Verona (68)—Bucierka, 9; Pfeffer, 8; Witte, 6; Cropp, 3; Stone, 3; Tackett, 22; Lorbiecki, 2; Twing, 2; Schaefer, 12. Totals: 27-9-68.

Sun Prairie 10 12 12 8—42

Verona 24 14 16 14—68

Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 3 (Bartow, Chase, Rodenkirch), Verona 5 (Tackett 2, Cropp, Bucierka, Stone). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 7, Verona 5. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 15, Verona 12.

n Middleton 59, Beloit 27—After falling into a first-place tie following Thursday night’s loss to Janesville Parker, the Cardinals regrouped with the lopsided win.

Middleton (16-3, 14-3) held the Purple Knights to four first-half points.


Middleton (59)—Rongstad, 9; Acker, 8; Gardner, 5; Eklund, 5; Beckwith, 4; Spencer, 4; Larson, 4; Flynn, 3; Newman, 17. Totals: 19-15-59.

Beloit (27)—Ha. Laver, 5; Hankins, 5; Tester, 4; Bridges, 4; Truttman, 3; Slavish, 3; Mauel, 2; Leavy, 1. Totals: 10-4-27.

Middleton 9 23 10 17—59

Beloit Memorial 0 4 10 13—27

Three-point goals—Middleton 7 (Newman 5, Truttman, Rongstad), Beloit 2 (Laver, Hankins). Free throws missed—Middleton 15, Beloit 4. Total fouls—Middleton 10, Beloit 20.

Unfortunately for Janesville Craig girls basketball coach Mark Marsden, he has seen this movie far too many times.

The horror flix was replayed again as the Cougars endured another slow start, which cost them a Big Eight Conference victory Friday night.

This time it was Madison West, which posted a 24-6 first half lead and hung on for the 54-43 victory.

“We always fight back, but you can only use so much energy,” Marsden said. “I thought we played super the last three quarters. We just have to find a way to come out with some urgency in that first quarter.”

The pattern against league leaders started against Middleton two weeks ago, when Craig fell behind by 17 early before dropping a 41-33 decision. On Monday, the Cougars trailed Verona 22-3 before losing 50-35.

West (13-6, 13-4 Big Eight) scored the first 13 points of the game, but needed to re-group after Hailey Smith’s three-pointer from the corner pulled Craig within 48-43 with 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining.

We played so disciplined in that first quarter, then we just started getting real sloppy with the ball,” West coach Lester Leuhring said.

Veronica Cox ended the threat with a lay-up off an assist from Ellie Pearson 50 seconds later. After Amanda Hamilton had her three-point attempt rim out, West closed out the final 1:53 by making four of its six free throw attempts.

Pearson led the Regents with 17 points, while teammate Liz Christianson had 11.

Whitney Storbakken led Craig (6-13, 5-12) with 12 points. Anne Morgan added 10.

“When we score we can press, which is working for us,” Marsden said, after his Cougars forced 18 West turnovers to spark the comeback.

“I thought we outplayed them after the first quarter, but that was just too big of a hole for us. But, I was proud of the kids. They don’t quit. A team with our record could just look to next season, but these kids are playing hard right to the last second.”

--Craig Henquinet, Special to the Gazette


Craig (43)—Smith, 1-0-2; Kennedy, 3-0-7; Morgan, 4-2-10; W. Storbakken, 4-3-12; Hinman, 1-0-2; Hamilton, 1-0-2; T. Storbakken, 1-0-3; Oliver, 1-0-3; McGrath, 1-0-2. Totals 17-5-43.

Madison West (54)—Heller, 2-2-6; Poffenberger, 2-2-7; Pearson, 5-7-17; Christianson, 4-1-11; Ward, 1-0-2; Cox, 3-2-8; Potter, 1-0-3. Totals 18-14-54.

Janesville Craig 6 11 13 13—43

Madison West 19 7 16 12—54

Three-point goals—Craig 4 (Kennedy, W. Storbakken, T. Storbakken, L. Oliver), West 4 (Christianson 2, Poffenberger, Potter). Free throws missed—Craig 2, West 8. Total fouls—Craig 16, West 9.

Last updated: 9:38 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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