Janesville Parker stays in girls race with win
Led by junior point guard Danielle Flood’s game-high 19 points, the Vikings buried Madison La Follette 61-36 in the Lancers’ gym.
The victory keeps Parker (15-5, 13-3) one game behind league co-leaders Middleton and Verona with two games remaining.
Parker coach Tom Klawitter wanted to see a strong defensive effort against a young but hot-shooting La Follette team.
“We are very aware of their ability to hit the three,” Klawitter said before the game. “We have to pressure their shooters, but we also have to stop penetration. I think we’ll be all right underneath.”
Things went according to Klawitter’s game plan with one exception. La Follette point guard Clare Gloede, a 5-5 sophomore, paced the Lancers with 16 points, including three three-point goals. She was the only Lancer in double figures.
“Overall, we were good on defense,” Klawitter said. “We stayed in a man defense because we were absolutely not going to give them an opportunity to start shooting over a zone.”
La Follette persisted in the first half behind Gloede’s seven points and eight by another sophomore, Rani Singh.
At intermission, Parker led 29-18.
Parker closed the door on La Follette in the third quarter, rolling to a 17-4 advantage to take a commanding 56-22 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ashley Hartwig, a 5-10 freshman, led the charge, scoring five points, coming off the bench. Klawitter said Hartwig is playing well but is not playing into a starting role.
“Ashley is over the dog days of January and playing the way we know she can,” Klawitter said. “At this point in the season, however, I’m comfortable with our starting lineup and we have some role players who are stepping up for us.”
In addition to Hartwig’s role off the bench, Klawitter was pleased with the performance Wednesday by reserve guard, sophomore Courtney Schumacher.
“Schumacher came off the bench and hit a key three for us in the third quarter that got that big run going for us,” he said. “Every game we need someone to step up for us in key situations and tonight it was Schumacher.”
The Vikings got another strong performance from Kaynesha Zinn, who contributed 14 points, and controlled the boards at both ends of the court.
In the deciding third quarter, Parker out-rebounded La Follette 6-2 while denying the Lancers a single offensive rebound.
Parker returns to conference action Friday when the Vikings host cross-town rival Craig.