Slow start no problem for Janesville Parker Vikings
After Janesville Parker found itself in an 8-8 tie after the first quarter at Madison Memorial here Tuesday night, the Vikings flipped the switch with a 29-7 outburst to propel them to a 54-29 victory in Big Eight girls basketball.
Along with a harassing defense, Parker High (14-4, 12-2) used four three-pointers in the quarter to pull away from the Spartans (4-12, 3-12).
“In the beginning, we came out kind of slow,” Parker guard Danielle Flood said. “We knew we had to step it up.”
Flood led the second-quarter charge with 11 of her game-high 21 points. Savannah Shepler added 10 points in the quarter, including two three-pointers, to finish with 12 points as the Vikings stayed a half-game behind Big Eight co-leaders Middleton and Verona.
“It was nice to see that we are starting to be more patient on offense,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “Those three-pointers are going to open up. We changed our defense, and that got the game going up-and-down, and that got us some open looks.”
Ashley Hartwig started the quarter with a three-point play. After the Spartans made consecutive baskets, Flood answered with four straight points, followed by a free throw by Shepler and a banked in three-pointer by Kathryn Pernot to start a 24-5 blitz.
Flood kept the run going with a lay-up. Shepler added a four-point play to push the Parker lead to 27-10, after draining her three-pointer from the wing while being fouled and making her free throw.
The Vikings made five of their first seven shots in the quarter after starting the game 3-for-14. Parker also made five of its first six three-pointers.
“The three-pointers really get us excited,” Flood said “Everything starts coming easier once we make a few shots.”
Memorial never recovered as the Parker lead reached 37-15 by halftime.
Taryn Olson, an Eastern Illinois recruit, led the Spartans with nine points.
“We got a little spring in our step right now,” Klawitter said. “I like the idea that we are making the extra pass, and I thought we have done a lot better job in the second half of the season making that extra pass.”
PARKER 54,MEMORIAL 29
Parker (54)—Franklin, 1-0-2; Pernot, 3-0-7; Flood, 8-3-21; Shepler, 4-2-12; Zinn, 0-2-2; Hartwig, 1-1-3; Dement, 2-0-4; Prokopec, 1-0-3. Totals: 20-8-54.
Memorial (29)—Graf, 1-1-3; Beld, 1-0-2; Henderson, 1-0-2; Olson, 2-5-9; Davis, 1-0-2; Schmitz, 2-0-4; Jost, 2-0-4; McClurg, 1-0-3. Totals 11-6-29.
Janesville Parker 8 29 4 13—54
Madison Memorial 8 7 10 4—29
Three-point goals—Parker 6 (Shepler 2, Flood 2, Pernot, Prokopec), Memorial 1 (McClurg). Free throws missed—Parker 9, Memorial 2. Total fouls—Parker 7, Memorial 16.