Parker girls overpower Sun Prairie
The Vikings played spectacular defense with one exception.
Parker’s offense was overpowering with one exception.
Parker controlled the ball at both ends of its home court with one exception.
Everything went Parker’s way with one exception.
That one exception was the second quarter when Parker saw a 16-point, first-quarter lead disappear. While the Vikings made only one field goal during that stretch, the Cardinals shot 7-for-9 from the floor, outscored the Vikings 18-9 and whittled Parker’s lead to just 28-21 by halftime.
Coach Tom Klawitter saw his Vikings improve to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Eight Conference, but his postgame comments focused on the team’s problems in the second quarter.
“It was a big letdown in the second quarter,” Klawitter said. “After that big lead, they thought they were just going to walk through it.”
Klawitter expressed concern about team leadership.
“We just lost our leadership out there,” he said. “We have to have somebody on the floor to make sure we are doing things right.”
Parker’s floor leader is point guard Danielle Flood, a 5-6 senior. Klawitter’s halftime meeting apparently got through to her.
“Danielle had a much better game the second half,” Klawitter said. “She has to make sure we understand we have to play team basketball. We just weren’t doing that in the second quarter.”
Klawitter’s halftime message was received and his instructions executed in the second half. While the Parker offense slowed down, the defensive pressure intensified.
Sun Prairie scored just two points, committed four turnovers and got only six shots in the third quarter.
Parker put on three-quarter-court pressure without committing a foul. In fact, the Vikings committed no fouls in the second half, until Klawitter cleared the bench with two minutes left in the game.
“I wouldn’t make much out of the lack of fouls,” Klawitter said. “The zone we played can hold down the fouls, but we did play much better defense in the second half.”
Parker’s Ashley Hartwig had a fine game, but Klawitter wasn’t in a mood to hand out superlatives. The 5-foot-10 sophomore forward had a game-high 25 points on seven field goals while shooting 11-of-14 from the foul line.
“Yes, she had a good game after she stopped committing fouls,” Klawitter said.
The coach was referring to Hartwig picking up her third foul with 2:40 left in the first half.
Hartwig was the only Parker scorer in double figures. McKayla Yentz led Sun Prairie with 11.
PARKER 47, SUN PRAIRIE 31
Sun Prairie (31)—Lee, 0-1-1; Baldwin, 0-2-2; Hoffmann, 3-0-6; Yentz, 5-0-11; Gipson, 2-1-5; Wittmann, 2-0-4; Dammen, 0-2-2. Totals: 12-6-31.
Parker (47)—Flood, 2-0-4; Dement, 1-3-5; Hartwig, 7-11-25; Shepler, 3-0-8; Schumacher, 0-3-3; Chesebro, 1-0-2. Totals: 14-17-47.
Sun Prairie 3 18 2 8—31
Janesville Parker 19 8 10 9—47
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 1 (Yentz), Parker 2 (Shepler 2). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 4, Parker 5. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 17, Parker 15. Fouled out—Gipson.
Sophomores—Parker 56, Sun Prairie 39. Parkers leading scorers: Kayla Light, 15; Dani Fugate, 9.