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Parkview girls get overtime victory over Big Foot

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
February 13, 2010
— Despite being on top of the Rock Valley South all season, Orfordville Parkview High School’s girls basketball team still lacked confidence.

Who could blame the Vikings after they shot 16 percent from the field in a depressing loss to Brodhead last week.


But with a share of first place at stake, Parkview shook off the painful memories and outscored Walworth Big Foot 12-4 in overtime to notch a crucial 62-54 victory in a South showdown here Friday night.


The clutch victory kept Parkview (14-2, 10-2) in a first-place tie with Brodhead (11-6, 10-2), while Big Foot fell back to 9-6 and 7-3.


“We’ve been struggling a little bit lately, and I’ve been telling the team that you have to have faith in yourself, teammates and what we’re doing.” Parkview coach Tina Aasen said. “And if you have that and stay composed, everything will work out well, and it did.”


While Aasen was relieved to see Parkview regain its form, Big Foot remained stuck in third place, but now a game behind in the loss column.


“There still is a chance for us,” Big Foot coach Joe Wehrenberg said of the conference race. “If we take care of our end of the business and we need a little help, there’s still a chance for a tie.”


Parkview was certainly all business in overtime.


Stephanie Aasen’s four points in the first 2½ minutes of overtime helped give the Vikings a 57-51 lead with 1:35 to play.


Aasen led the Vikings with 18 points.


With the game slipping away, Big Foot guard Haley Schwartz cut the deficit to 57-54 with a three-pointer with 1:20 to play.


Schwartz finished with a game-high 22 points.


Big Foot, however, didn’t score the rest of the way as Parkview closed out the game with a 5-0 run.


“We were tired at the end,” Wehrenberg said. “And it might have came into play missing some free throws at the end. But they (the Vikings) just did a few more little things right there at the end that pushed them over the hump.”


Big Foot’s fatigue also could be contributed to playing from behind most of the game.


The Vikings took control with a 10-0 spurt late in the first quarter and into the second. Becca Neal scored six points of her 15 points during the run to put the Vikings up 20-11 with 7:50 left in the first half.


Parkview had a 28-22 lead at halftime and didn’t relinquish its lead until Schwartz drained a three-pointer with 2:30 left in the fourth. That put the Chiefs ahead 47-46.


The game remained in doubt the rest of regulation. Then the Vikings took over in the extra period.


“We had a terrible game last week against Brodhead where we shot 16 percent,” coach Aasen said. “The kids really needed this bad, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”


PARKVIEW 62, BIG FOOT 54 (OT)


Parkview (62)—Neal, 6-3-15; Larsen, 3-4-11; Aasen, 7-4-18; Koch, 2-0-4; Wellnitz, 2-0-4; Harnack, 4-1-10. Totals: 24-12-62.


Big Foot (54)—Spangler, 2-1-6; Young, 3-2-8; Schwartz, 9-1-22; Courier, 4-5-14; Isham, 1-0-2; Utesch, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-9-54.


Orfordville Parkview 18 10 12 10 12 - 62


Walworth Big Foot 11 11 15 13 4 – 54)


Three point goals—Parkview 2 (Larsen, Harnack), Big Foot 5 (Spangler, Schwartz 3, Courier). Free throws missed—Parkview 5, Big Foot 7. Total fouls—Parkview 16, Big Foot 17. Fouled out—Wellnitz, Spangler


Junior varsity – Big Foot 56, Parkview 53



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