Parkview falls short of upset
One, the Vikings wanted to avoid being intimidated by the defending state champion Cubans, winners of 96 of their last 97 games. Two, the Vikings wanted to pull off a major upset against the state’s top-ranked team.
Parkview avoided being intimidated, but the Cubans broke away from a 28-28 halftime tie to earn the regional title with a 68-59 victory. Cuba City (23-0) advances to Friday night’s sectional semifinal where it will play Wisconsin Heights at Richland Center. The winner advances to Saturday night’s sectional title game at Reedsburg.
“Things were going on how we planned on going at halftime,” Parkview coach Tina Aasen said. “I told the girls not to even read the words Cuba City on their jerseys. We wanted to treat it like another game. It’s hard not to think about it.
“Toward the end of the third quarter they took it to the hole and we had trouble stopping them.”
Cuba City’s Katie Langmeier, a 5-foot-11 post player, led the Cubans with a game-high 20 points. Megan Moor added 14 points, Steph Wagner had 13 and Emily Kaiser added 10.
“You can’t let a team like Cuba City get two and three shots each time down the floor,” Aasen said.
The Cubans used a little spurt in the final two minutes of the third quarter to get some breathing room. Wagner hit a three-pointer and Kaiser converted a three-point play for a 44-38 lead.
Parkview (19-4) tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but the Cubans hit 14 of 15 fourth-quarter free throws. The Vikings hit three three-pointers in the final 70 seconds to keep the heat on the Cubans.
Senior Ashley Oldenburg led Parkview with 16 points, nearly 10 points above her Rock Valley Conference scoring average. Jenna Larsen had 11 points but struggled with foul trouble. She picked up two fouls in the opening quarter and drew her fourth late in the third quarter. Larsen did score seven second-quarter points. Melissa Harnack added 10 points.
“This is by far the best season we’ve ever had in my 10 years,” Aasen said. “The kids were disappointed we weren’t conference champs. For whatever reason it wasn’t our turn. This was our chance to prove something. They have nothing to be ashamed of.
“As much as we love Ashley, we’ve got everybody coming back. We’ll be a force next year.”
CUBA CITY 68, PARKVIEW 59
Cuba City (68)—Kaiser, 3-4-10; Wagner, 3-4-13; Timmerman, 0-1-1; Moor, 3-6-14; Langmeier, 7-6-20; Matuszak, 4-0-8; Pickel, 0-2-2. Totals: 20-23-68.
Parkview (59)—Harnack, 3-1-10; Neal, 1-0-2; Larsen, 5-1-11; Aasen, 1-3-5; Ryan, 0-2-2; Koch, 2-4-8; Oldenburg, 6-0-16; Wellnitz, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-11-59.
Cuba City 15 13 16 24—68
Parkview 10 18 10 21—59
Three-point goals—Cuba City 5 (Wagner 2, Moor 2), Parkview 8 (Oldenburg 4, Harnack 3, Suiter). Free throws missed—Cuba City 8, Parkview 8. Total fouls—Cuba City 17, Parkview 23.