Panoske, Brodhead Cardinals chirp at home
With the game tied 21-21 in the opening minutes of third period, the 6-foot-9 junior pulled up from the left corner. His three-point attempt bounced high off the front iron to the back iron, where it bounced high again before settling on the rim and falling. As it danced, Panoske hollered, “Aww, c’mon, c’mon, just get in.”
“I was just talking to the ball, ‘Just get in, just get in,’ and when it fell, I just took off,” Panoske said. “After that, I just had confidence that wherever I was, I was gonna make the shot.”
After Panoske hit another bomb from the same spot and senior Jacob Cole hit a 16-foot pull-up that capped an 11-3 run, Brodhead (10-8, 7-6 Rock Valley South) led its arch-rival 30-23 with 5:15 left in the third quarter.
Senior Jamie Wichser, who scored 12 for Parkview, hit back-to-back jumpers to get his team within a basket at 31-29 with 2:42 left in the period.. But Panoske scored off a Cole lob and drew a triple-team on the next Cardinals possession before threading a no-look pass to Trent Jordan for a lay-up that made it 35-29 going into the fourth.
Despite drawing his fourth foul with 1:50 left in the third, Parkview senior point guard Nick Melton scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Rock Valley South-leading Vikings (13-6, 9-4) refused to go away.
After Brodhead built its biggest lead at 45-37, Melton hit a three-pointer at the top of the key before scooping a lay-up high off glass going away from the rim to make it 45-42 with 2:32 to play. With 31.5 seconds left, he set up a triple by Kyle Woodworth that again made it a one-possession game at 52-49.
“Boy, did they battle at the end. And Nick Melton so many things for us offensively, not just his scoring,” Parkview coach Paul Saevre said. “It’s the penetration and the things he creates for everybody else.”
Cole, who finished second in scoring for Brodhead with 14 points, hit three of four free throws to quell the rally. Panoske had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. His 19.5 points per game average is second in the conference to Melton’s 20.5.
“Going against him, it makes me want to work even harder as a defender,” said Brodhead junior Alex Wallace, who was often charged with the task of guarding the prolific 6-1 playmaker. “It gets me fired up to try to shut down their best player.”
“I can’t say enough about what our kids did defensively,” Brodhead coach Brian Kammerer said. “Probably the best effort we’ve had all year.”
A disappointing 55-52 loss in Clinton last Tuesday forced Kammerer to change his team’s approach.
“We’d been losing one after another and he told us to start trying to be the spoiler every night,” Panoske said. “We’re going to enjoy this one, but not too long. We’ve got to go out and get another one.”
“The dobbers were down the past couple weeks, so hopefully this gives us a little confidence as we get ready for the postseason run,” Kammerer said.
The Cardinals are still alive in their pursuit of consecutive conference titles, as they stand two games behind Parkview, which has a half-game lead on second-place Big Foot. The Cardinals will look to split the season series with Big Foot when they host the Chiefs on Tuesday night.
Bonus free throw: If Brodhead’s upset of Parkview wasn’t shocking enough, a streaker upped the ante early in the second quarter. The unnamed fan, bearing black paint on his upper body and nether regions, ran onto Brodhead’s side of the floor as the Cardinals prepared to inbound. He did a quick dance just inside the arc before darting across the court and out the gym’s back doors.
BRODHEAD 56, PARKVIEW 50
Parkview (50)—Woodworth, 4-1-11; Melton, 8-7-25; Wichser, 4-4-12; Kyser, 1-0-2. Totals: 17-12-50.
Brodhead (56)—Scheidigger, 1-5-7; Wallace, 0-5-5; Cole, 3-7-14; Jordan, 1-0-2; Jacobson, 1-3-5; Panoske, 9-2-23. Totals: 15-22-56.
Orfordville Parkview 9 12 8 21—50
Brodhead 7 12 16 21—56
Three-point goals—Parkview 4 (Woodworth 2, Nelson 2), Brodhead 4 (Panoske 3, Cole). Free throws missed—Parkview 3, Brodhead 15. Total fouls—Parkview 26, Brodhead 15. Fouled out—Wichser, Wallace.
Junior varsity—Brodhead 80, Parkview 27.