La Follette leaves Parker behind in first half
By Stan Milam
Capitol News Service
In an odd twist, the score of Friday night’s Janesville Parker-vs.-Madison La Follette boys basketball game does not reflect how poorly Parker played, nor how well the Vikings performed.
The final score shows La Follette defeating Parker, 71-45. Depending on which half one is looking at, the score should have been much worse or could have been a lot better for the Vikings, now with a 5-15 overall, 2-14 Big Eight record.
After a 5-5 tie, the Lancers outscored Parker 16-0 for a 41-14 halftime lead.
“For some reason, we forget how much effort it takes to compete,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson. “We’ve worked on this all season and yet, for some reason, they just come out flat.”
Masterson said a lack of movement without the ball and a complete surrender on the boards were the main downfalls.
La Follette (10-10, 8-8), shot only 20 percent from the field in the first quarter but had 10 offensive rebounds to provide the Lancers with second chances. Parker scored just five first-quarter points, committed five turnovers and had no offensive boards.
La Follette came out in the third quarter and scored the first basket to stretch its lead to 29 before Parker came back with a 17-8 run to cut the Lancer lead to 49-31.
“That’s the one bright spot in this game,” Masterson said. “They could have just packed it in at halftime, but they didn’t.”
Parker got the lead down to 12 at 49-37 in the final quarter, but La Follette took advantage of three Parker turnovers in a row and built its lead back to 21 at 60-39 before the benches started to empty.
“We had a chance to get that lead under 10, and then who knows,” Masterson said. “But, we had a couple of letdowns in successive possessions and La Follette, a very good team, made sure we paid for them.”
Scoring on double figures for Parker were Tyler Teubert (13) and Creed Knutson (11).
Masterson said he was also pleased with some of the players coming off the bench.
“I thought Tanner Moe had a good game tonight, as well as Kyle Schroeder and Austin Lloyd.”
The challenge continues tonight as the Vikings travel to Madison to take on powerhouse Madison Memorial.
LA FOLLETTE 71, PARKER 45
La Follette (71)—Dybevik, 5-3-15; Hakim,
4-0-11; Henly, 2-2-6; Flood, 3-0-6; Singh, 5-5-16; Hunter, 3-1-7; Carlson, 2-0-5; Ampe, 1-3-5. Totals: 25-14-71.
Parker (45)—Simonson, 1-2-4; Thompson,
3-0-7; Teubert, 5-23-13; Knutson, 5-0-11; Fiedler, 1-0-2; Schroeder, 1-0-2; Moe, 0-4-4; Lloyd, 0-1-1; Long, 0-1-1. Totals: 16-11-45.
Madison La Follette 14 27 8 22—71
Janesville Parker 5 9 17 14—45
Three-point goals—La Follette 7 (Dybevik 2, Hakim 3, Singh, Carlson), Parker 2 (Thompson, Knutson). Free throws missed—La Follette 3, Parker 11. Total fouls—La Follette 20, Parker 15.
Sophomores—Parker 63, La Follette 49. Parker high scorers—Erik Albeck, 18; Shawn Bohler, 11; Charlie Grafft, 11; Andrew Somerville, 10.