Janesville Parker Vikings step on Regents’ toes
The Vikings took a few steps forward here Thursday night.
Ashley Hartwig scored 23 points, and Danielle Flood added 13 as Parker High overcame a dismal shooting night en route to a 56-42 Big Eight Conference win over Madison West.
The Vikings (2-1, 1-1) shot less than 25 percent from the field and weren’t much better from the free-throw line, missing 15 of 35 attempts.
Despite the cold shooting, Parker played its usual relentless defense as it geared up for Saturday’s showdown at Verona. West (0-4, 0-2) had only 18 points at half and had no answer for Parker’s man-to-man pressure.
“Defensively, I thought we got after them pretty good,” Klawitter said. “If we would’ve knocked down a few more shots in the first half, the game would’ve been over a lot sooner.
“We’re going to have to just keep working on finishing at the basket and on our free throws. Hopefully, the shots will start to fall.”
Parker had an 11-5 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Regents briefly cut the lead to four in the second quarter, but the Vikings opened up a nine-point halftime lead and quickly stretched the margin to double digits early in the third.
Hartwig, a physical 5-foot-10 sophomore, scored 15 points in the first half as she had her way in the post. Her three-point play late in the first half ignited a 9-1 Parker run.
Parker now set its sights on Verona. The Wildcats have become a nemesis to the Vikings, knocking them out of tournament play in the sectional finals the last three years.
“I think everybody is getting pretty sick of losing to Verona,” Klawitter said. “We’ve just got to go up there Saturday and play hard. I really believe our shots our going to start to fall.
“It’s a long season, and Verona is only our fourth game, but it’s still important to go up there, play well and start building some momentum.”
PARKER 56, WEST 42
West (42)—Dickerson, 2-3-7; Sieben, 2-5-10; Hilliard-Williams, 1-0-2; Daly, 2-0-4; Ward, 2-1-5; Russell, 1-1-3; Cox, 1-0-2; Jackson, 4-1-9. Totals: 15-11-42.
Parker (56)—McDonald, 1-0-2; Schumacher, 0-3-3; Flood, 4-4-13; Dement, 2-2-7; Washimgtom, 0-2-2; Hartwig, 9-5-23; Shepler, 1-4-6. Totals: 17-20-56.
Madison West 5 13 11 13—42
Janesville Parker 11 16 13 16—56
Three-point goals—West 1 (Sieben), Parker 2 (Dement, Flood). Free throws missed—West 5, Parker 15. Total fouls—West 22, Parker 15.
Sophomores—Parker 62, West 27. Parker is 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Eight.