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Turner spoils Parkview's title hopes

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
February 27, 2010
— How much pressure can a high school basketball team handle?

Orfordville Parkview may have hit its limit after its best player, Nick Melton, injured his leg last week.


On top of the injury, there is the constant reminder of the Vikings not winning a conference title since 1966.


Add it all up, and the result is Turner (14-8, 8-8) ruining Parkview’s conference championship dreams with a 65-60 victory in a Rock Valley South finale here Friday night.


Parkview (15-7, 10-6), the division front-runner most of the season, ended up dropping four its last seven games and finishing in second place behind Walworth Big Foot (12-10, 11-5).


The Vikings’ loss, coupled with Big Foot’s 74-58 victory over Clinton, gave the Chiefs the outright championship.


“It (the conference losing streak) has been talked about so much in the last three weeks that I’m tired of hearing about it,” Parkview coach Paul Saevre said. “I don’t know if it’s the distraction of some of the things you get at home.


“There is some pressure, certainly, since we had the lead in the conference coming down the stretch.”


Of course, playing tough competition didn’t help the Vikings cause, either.


With Melton’s minutes limited, the Trojans unleashed a 10-0 run and had a 17-12 advantage after one quarter.


Melton tried to answer the visitors, but ended up committing four personal fouls, including a technical foul that helped Turner increase its advantage to 31-18 with three minutes left in the first half.


With a frustrated Melton stuck on the bench, the Vikings closed out the half with a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to 33-27.


Turner maintained the upper hand for most of the third quarter before consecutive baskets from Melton push Parkview to within 45-43 by the end of the third.


Melton finished with just 12 points, 10 below his season average.


Melton tacked on six more points early in the fourth to give Parkview its first lead since the first quarter, 51-50, with four minutes left.


But that’s when the Vikings luck ran out.


After Aaron Jones answered with two free throws to reclaim a 52-51 Trojan lead, Melton fouled out on the ensuing possession with just less than four minutes to play.


“When Parkview went on their run, the key for us was to keep our poise,” Turner coach Ken Watkins said. “The crowd isn’t going to make any baskets in this game, and it was about us keeping our poise.”


With crowd deflated from Melton fouled out, the Trojans sank nine free throws down the stretch to pull the upset.


Turner won the game and spoiled the Vikings historic run.


TURNER 65, PARKVIEW 60


Turner (65)—Hill, 1-3-5; Pickney, 1-4-6; Bernstein, 3-3-9; Conway, 8-8-24; Jones, 5-7-19; McLain, 0-2-2. Totals: 18-27-65.


Parkview (60)—Woodworth, 4-2-10; Melton, 5-2-12; Wichser, 2-5-9; Naatz, 2-3-7; Isenberger, 3-0-7; Jess, 3-0-8; Zipse, 2-2-7. Totals: 21-14-60.


Beloit Turner 17 16 12 20—65


Orfordville Parkview 12 15 16 17—60


Three point goals—Turner 2 (Jones), Parkview 4 (Isenberger, Jess 2, Zipse). Free throws missed—Turner 6, Parkview 7. Total fouls—Turner 19, Parkview 24. Fouled out—Melton, Zipse


Junior varsity—Turner 75, Parkview 57




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