Parker's early lead doesn't hold up at Middleton
MIDDLETON Janesville Parker High School’s boys basketball team got the early jump on Middleton here Thursday night, but the Cardinals had the last word.
In fact, they answered quickly after the Vikings grabbed a 5-0 lead, and the result was a 74-51 victory for Middleton in a Big Eight Conference season finale.
With a sweep of the season series, which included a 51-47 victory last month at Parker, the Cardinals (8-12) jumped a notch in the Big Eight standings to finish in a sixth-place tie with Madison La Follette at 7-11. Parker wound up 1-17 in the conference and 1-19 overall, with its only victory over Madison West.
Tyler Teubert made three of four free throws, and 6-4 sophomore Creed Knutson scored from under the basket to give Parker its 5-0 lead over Middleton. Michael Owen then got the Cardinals rolling with a pair of free throws, and Shane Adler, Matt Everson and Jay Nunnery followed with three straight three-point goals, suddenly giving Middleton an 11-5 lead it never relinquished.
The Cardinals led 19-14 after the first quarter and 33-24 at halftime, then gained some breathing room with a 19-11 advantage in the third period.
Ian Joyce, a 6-6 sophomore, came off the Middleton bench to score eight of his 12 points in the first half. Owen, a 6-6 junior, had 11 of his 13 in the second half as the Cardinals’ twin towers had one of their best showings of the season.
Everson, the Cardinals’ season leader, topped his 13.4 conference average with 23 points. Teubert, a 6-2 junior, paced Parker with 15 points, and 6-4 senior Jason Knutson had 11 for the Vikings.
Parker hits the WIAA tournament trail Tuesday with a Division 1 regional semifinal game at Verona.
MIDDLETON 74, PARKER 51
Parker (51)—Simonson, 4-0-9; Thompson, 2-0-5; Teubert, 5-5-15; J. Knutson, 4-3-11; Bouska, 0-2-2; C. Knutson, 4-0-9. Totals: 19-10-51.
Middleton (74)—Stayton, 2-0-6; Adler, 2-0-6; Braga, 2-1-5; Owen, 5-3-13; Everson, 8-6-23; Nelson, 1-0-2; Joyce, 5-2-12; Yaktus, 0-2-2; Nunnery, 2-0-5. Totals: 27-14-74.
Janesville Parker 14 10 11 16—51
Middleton 19 14 19 22—74
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Simonson, Thompson, C. Knutson), Middleton 6 (Stayton 2, Adler 2, Everson, Nunnery). Free throws missed—Parker 2, Middleton 5. Total fouls—Parker 18, Middleton 13.