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Inspired Big Foot spoils Parkview's title-clinching bid

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Tim West/Special to the Gazette
February 20, 2010
— After suffering a disappointing loss at Brodhead on Tuesday night, Big Foot High’s boys basketball team promised to play better the rest of the season.

The Chiefs certainly


didn’t break their promise against Orfordville Parkview.


Big Foot jumped out to a 47-30 halftime lead and held on from there to post an impressive 77-71 victory in a Rock Valley South showdown here Friday night.


Steve Dowden led the inspired Chiefs with 22 points, including five three-pointers, while Alec McGreevy added 14, and Michael Walker scored 11 to move Big Foot (10-10, 9-5) to within a half-game of first-place Parkview (14-7, 10-5) in the Rock Valley South.


“We showed them (the Chiefs) the tape Wednesday night of the game against Brodhead, and they could see where they were just standing around doing absolutely nothing,” Big Foot coach Dan Dowden said. “They watched the tape, and three of the guys said, ‘I’m embarrassed, and I’d be embarrassed if I was our fans, and that will never happen again.’ ”


“That’s what they did tonight. They brought it to the table.”


Meanwhile, Parkview, in losing four of its last six games, is trying to put the pieces back together and hold on to claim its first conference championship since 1966.


“We’ll regroup like we have all season,” Parkview coach Paul Saevre said. “We’ve had some games where we didn’t shoot very well and came back next game get it back under control.”


Big Foot took control of this game midway through the second quarter with a decisive 25-10 run. Steve Dowden ignited the charge with three three-pointers to help the Chiefs open a surprising 17-point halftime lead.


“This was a big game, and I consider myself a big player, and I just made the shots when they counted and helped the team win,” Steve Dowden said. “(Nathan) Nagel and Walker got the rebounds, and we passed the ball around, and everything just clicked.”


just clicked.”


Parkview finally began to click in the second half. The Vikings, behind 10 points from Kyle Woodworth, cut the deficit to 55-46 by the end of the third.


The Vikings continued to chip into the lead and eventually drew to within 69-66 with one minute left on Nick Melton’s step-back 3.


Melton, the Rock Valley scoring leader, finished with a game-high 29 points.


The Chiefs, however, would not be denied, sinking eight free throws down the stretch.


“The big thing was down the stretch we made our free throws,” coach Dowden said. “We have not been a good free throw shooting this year, so coming through and making those free throws was huge.”


BIG FOOT 77, PARKVIEW 71


Big Foot (77)—Walker, 3-4-11; Dowden, 7-3-22; Greben, 4-9-18; Nagel, 2-1-5; McGreevy, 5-4-14; Schauf, 2-0-5; Kunes, 1-0-2. Totals: 24-21-77.


Parkview (71)—Woodworth, 6-0-12; Melton, 9-10-29; Wichser, 5-1-11; Naatz, 2-1-6; Isenberger, 2-2-8; Jess, 1-0-2; Kayser, 1-0-3. Totals: 26-14-71.


Walworth Big Foot 18 29 8 22—77


Orfordville Parkview 14 16 16 25—71


Three-point goals—Big Foot 8 (Walker, Dowden 5, Greben, Schauf), Parkview 5 (Melton, Naatz, Isenberger 2, Kayer). Free throws missed—Big Foot 11, Parview 8. Total fouls—Big Foot 19, Parkview 19. Fouled out – Wichser.



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