Janesville Parker Vikings cruise to victory
Led by sophomore point guard Danielle Flood, the Vikings easily handled the Cardinals, 57-32, to keep their share of the Big Eight lead.
Flood led all scorers with 17 points and led in most minutes played for Parker.
Parker remained tied with Middleton and Verona for first place at 10-2 and improved to 12-4 overall. Sun Prairie fell to 4-8 in the Big Eight and 5-10 for the season.
The Cardinals were playing without their head coach, Liz Hrodey, and assistants Steve Bartow and Erin Young. They have been reported on “administrative leave.”
When Sun Prairie interim coach Lance Annen provided a reporter with his list of starters before the game, he crossed off from the roster sophomore Ashley Bartow, Steve Bartow’s daughter, and three freshmen—Katelyn Huemmer, Jenna Dammen and Kamry Gipson.
While Parker coach Tom Klawitter went to his bench early and often, he stayed with Flood—whom the coach is depending on for leadership—deep into the fourth quarter, despite a 20-point lead.
“When it’s all said and done, she’s the one who is going to have to take care of business on the floor,” Klawitter said. “Whether she’s going to make mistakes or not, it’s a work in progress, and we can’t have her sitting on the bench learning on the bench.”
Klawitter shook his head while trying to explain his team’s letdown in the second quarter. The Vikings had a 17-4 lead after one quarter and went up 22-8, but let Sun Prairie back into the game. The half ended with Parker’s lead cut to 24-14.
“I guess things were just too easy,” Klawitter said. “Again, we started fouling. At half, we talked about not fouling in the trap and stealing the ball in the trap.
“I was pleased the way we came back in the second half,” Klawitter said. “We’ll put four quarters together soon.”
Klawitter also was concerned about his team’s defense on Sun Prairie’s leading scorer, Paige Albi. Kaynesha Zinn got two quick fouls in the first quarter and a third in the second while trying to guard Albi.
“You get one foul in the first quarter, you don’t pick up your second, and when you have two fouls in the second quarter, you don’t pick up your third,” he said. “You have to play with your head and be smart, but we needed more defensive help on her, and we have to work on that.”
Albi, who will play Division I college basketball next year, led Sun Prairie with 12 points.
The Vikings broke the game open in the third quarter behind three-point shooting by Flood, Savannah Shepler and Kathyrn Pernot. Parker turned up the heat in the fourth quarter and built a 46-24 lead before resting all the starters except for Flood.
PARKER 57, SUN PRAIRIE 32
Sun Prairie (32)—Rodenkirch, 2-0-6; Wentz, 0-2-2; Cimperman, 1-2-4; Hoffmann, 1-0-2; Albi, 4-4-12; Krueger, 0-2-2; Baldwin, 1-1-3; Wittman, 0-1-1; Stephan, 0-0-0. Totals: 9-12-32.
Parker (57)—Franklin, 2-1-5; Pernot, 2-0-5; Flood, 5-5-17; Shepler, 3-1-9; Zinn, 4-2-10; Green-Kenerson, 0-2-2; Dement, 0-1-1; Johnson, 1-0-2; Larson, 2-0-4; Prokopec, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-12-57.
Sun Prairie 4 10 10 8—32
Parker 17 7 15 18—57
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 2 (Rodenkirch 2), Parker 5 (Pernot, Flood 2, Shepler 2). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 5, Parker 10. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 21, Parker 20. Fouled out—Stephan.
Sophomores—Parker 43, Sun Prairie 17. Parker leading scorers—Alli Kuhl, 12; Nicole Fugate 8. Sophomore record: 14-2 overall, 11-1 in the Big Eight.