Parker girls scramble to regain tie for Big Eight lead
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Frustration was littered all over James Stevens Gymnasium here Friday night.
Janesville Parker and Madison West each had long stretches of discouragement from coaches disgusted at their players and officials, players disgusted with their play, and shots careening all over the gym, but not many through the net.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Madison West guard Jazmine Dickerson yelled at her coach from across the floor and begged in frustration, “can we play man? (meaning man-to-man defense),” as Parker High attempted to run out the clock against the West 2-3 zone.
It was that kind night.
Parker was able to utilize its full-court press in the second half to pull away and end its two-game losing streak with a 43-30 victory that lifted the Vikings (11-4, 9-2) into a tie with idle Verona and Middleton for the Big Eight lead.
But it wasn’t easy, as the Regents (3-9, 3-8) rallied from a 12-2 first-quarter deficit to pull within 21-17 two minutes into the third quarter.
Parker regrouped with an 11-0 run, including seven points from Danielle Flood, and took advantage of six West turnovers against the the Vikings’ press to gain separation.
“We had to do something,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said of using the full-court press. “The press got us going. I guess we played well enough to win.”
Flood started the run with two free throws and added a three-point play and a jumper on consecutive possessions to spearhead the blitz. Flood finished with 14 points to lead 10th-ranked Parker.
Jazmine Dickerson made back-to-back baskets for West before Elyse Jackson made two free throws to cut the deficit 32-25.
But that was as close as the Regents got. Parker held the ball to get West out of its 2-3 zone, after some pleading, and made three of its four field-goal attempts and three of six fourth-quarter free throws to stay in front.
Before the fourth-quarter finish, Parker struggled in making just 11 of 46 shots (24 percent). West, meanwhile, made only two of its nine fourth-quarter shots to derail any upset hopes.
“We made a lot of sophomoric mistakes,” said West coach Stacy Williams, who started three sophomores. “But they felt good, because at least they were in the thick of things. We got blown away last week last week at Parker (64-29), so we feel a lot better about ourselves.”
Meanwhile, Parker still is looking for answers after a disappointing week.
“When our offense sputtered, I thought our defense struggled,” Klawitter said. “So we’ll take the weekend off and kind of re-tool a little bit.”
PARKER 43, WEST 30
Parker (43)—Pernot 2-3-7; Flood, 4-5-14; SShepler 3-2-9; Zinn, 3-1-7; Hartwig, 1-1-3; Schumacher, 1-0-3. Totals: 14-12-43.
West (30)—Dickerson 4-0-9; Sieben, 4-0-9; Ward 2-0-4; Jackson, 0-2-2; Rasmussen, 1-0-2; Potter 2-0-4. Toatls 13-2-30.
Janesville Parker 12 8 14 9—43
Madison West 2 10 13 5—30
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Flood, SShepler, Schumacher), West 2 Dickerson, Sieben). Free throws missed - Parker 7, West 3. Total fouls—Parker 7, West 16.
Sophomores—Parker 57, West 34. Parker scoring leaders: Natalie McDonald, 12; Alli Kuhl, 11.