Long ball lifts East Troy boys
And once the Trojans get started, it’s nearly impossible to stop.
Orfordville Parkview learned that lesson the hard way.
East Troy drained five three-pointers in the third quarter on its way to building a commanding 22-point lead and notching a 71-56 victory in a Rock Valley matchup of division leaders here Tuesday night.
With the win, East Troy (12-3, 9-1) moved three games ahead of Evansville and McFarland in the Rock Valley North. Parkview’s Vikings (12-5,
8-3) remained atop the South, while trying to figure out what hit them.
“They started stroking that three, and we didn’t get out there and guard it and get it taken out of their hands very well,” Parkview coach Paul Saevre said. “You got to get pressure on their shooters, and they’re really patient and don’t take many bad shots.”
East Troy freshman Nate Dodge jump-started the perimeter attack with two three-pointers in the first two minutes of the third quarter. That gave the Trojans a 38-26 lead.
Brett Bouwman and Marcus Jones drained three-pointers to build the lead to 46-28 midway through the third.
When the Trojan onslaught subsided, the stunned Parkview crowd was looking at a 54-32 deficit with a minute to go in the third.
The shell-shocked Vikings never drew closer than 14 the rest of the way.
“It’s funny, because all of our guys can shoot, and if we don’t shoot it too well for a little bit, everybody is looking for somebody to get it going,” said East Troy coach Darin Lottig, whose team made 10 of 13 shots in the third quarter. “And as soon as somebody gets it going a little bit, everybody else seems to get it going.”
Lottig’s assessment held true in the first half, with East Troy misfiring on most of its three-point attempts. That allowed the Vikings to keep pace with the Trojans, who grabbed a 16-15 lead on a Bouwman tip with four seconds left in the first quarter.
Bouwman led East Troy with 21 points, while Brandon Schmidt came off to bench to score 16. Dodge and Scott Beckwith scored 14 and 13, respectively, for the Trojans.
The Vikings never regained the lead after the first quarter and managed just six points in the second quarter en route to a 30-21 halftime deficit.
The Trojans limited Parkview’s leading scorer, Nick Melton, to 13 points, which is seven below his season average.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, either, and that hurt us a little bit,” Saevre said.
Jay Naatz and Jaime Wichser added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Parkview.
EAST TROY 71, PARKVIEW 56
East Troy (71)—Beckwith, 5-1-13 Bouwman, 6-6-21; Olsen, 1-1-3; Schmidt, 8-0-16; Jones, 3-1-4; Dodge, 5-0-14. Totals: 28-9-71.
Parkview (56)—Woodworth, 2-0-4; Melton, 4-4-13; Wichser, 4-2-10; Naatz, 5-0-11; Isenberger, 2-2-8; Jess, 2-1-6; Kyser, 2-0-4. Totals: 21-9-56.
East Troy 16 14 27 14 —71
Orfordville Parkview 15 6 18 17— 56
Three-point goals—East Troy 9 (Beckwith 2, Bouwman 2, Jones, Dodge 4), Parkview 5 (Melton, Naatz, Isenberger 2, Jess). Free throws missed— East Troy 6, Parkview 5. Total fouls—East Troy 14, Parkview 17.
Junior varsity—East Troy 55, Parkview 52.