Janesville Parker girls cruise past La Follette
The Vikings rolled over Madison La Follette, 67-37, to remain unbeaten in Big Eight play.
Danielle Flood scored 25 points for Parker to lead all scorers. She was also a key part of a trapping zone defense that held the Lancers scoreless through most of the third quarter.
In short, the Vikings (7-1, 5-0) are heating up, and coach Tom Klawitter had few complaints after the game. He was especially pleased with the way his team played on defense.
“We call it our diamond defense, and we try to deny dribble penetration to the middle and cover up on top,” Klawitter said. “It’s been an effective defense at times, and if we do what we’re supposed to do, it works for us.”
The defensive strategy worked so well in the third quarter that La Follette was held scoreless until Clare Gloede sank three free throws after being fouled on her attempted three-point field goal with 1:38 left in the third period.
Until Gloede’s three free throws, Parker had outscored the Lancers 8-0. The Vikings held La Follette to those three points until Adrianna Stephens drilled a long three-point shot near the end of the quarter.
Klawitter said Flood’s performance showed that she was starting to make good shooting decisions.
“She played a good game tonight—now she had a couple of bad passes, but overall she shot the ball when she should have,” he said. “That’s a learning process whether she’s a junior or not. She needs to know when to take a good shot. She’s getting better.”
Flood scored all of her points in the first three quarters. She had no playing time in the final period after Klawitter pulled his starters with a 54-27 lead going into the fourth.
Klawitter praised Kaynesha Zinn, who came off the bench to score 14 points for the Vikings. Zinn is recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed Thursday.
“She showed that she just loves to play basketball,” Klawitter said. “She gave us a lot of spark tonight.”
Parker got off to what Klawitter thought was a shaky start. However, the Vikings still held a 13-12 lead after the first quarter.
“They got us chasing a little bit,” he said. “I thought when we were doing that they were getting some easy shots. We cleaned that up in the second quarter.”
It was all Parker after that as the Vikings held LaFollette to just 25 points the rest of the game.
The Vikings head back into Big Eight play Saturday afternoon when they host Madison Memorial.
“Memorial presents an entirely different challenge for us,” Klawitter said. “La Follette is small and quick. Memorial is big and a little slower.”
PARKER 67, LA FOLLETTE 37
La Follette (37)—La Plant, 1-0-2; Gloede, 0-5-5; Stephens, 3-3-15; Singh, 1-0-2; Hodge, 1-2-4; Bradley, 2-2-7; Pollard, 1-0-2. Totals: 12-9-37.
Parker (67)—Fraklin, 2-2-6; Pernot, 1-2-4; Flood, 9-4-25; Green-Kenerson, 1-0-2; Shepler, 1-0-2; Zinn, 5-4-14; Johnson, 1-2-4; Larson, 1-2-4; Schumacher, 1-0-2; Conroy, 1-1-4. Totals: 23-17-67.
Madison La Follette 12 9 6 10—37
Janesville Parker 13 22 19 12—67
Three-point goals—La Follette 4 (Stephens 3, Bradley). Parker 4 (Flood 3, Conroy). Free throws missed—La Follette 6, Parker 4. Total fouls—La Follette 17, Parker 11.
Sophomores—Parker 50, La Follette 40. Parker leaders: Dani Fugate, 14; Kacey Pennycook, 9.
-- Middleton 61, Mem-orial 32—Rachel Eklund scored 12 points to lead three players in double figures as the Cardinals (8-2, 5-1) cruised to the Big Eight win.
Taryn Olson had nine points to lead Memorial (3-4, 2-4).
MIDDLETON 61, MEMORIAL 32
Middleton (61)—Sullivan, 3; Andrew, 2; Passini, 2; Ripp, 2; Kern, 2; Eklund, 12; Gardner, 11; Rongstad, 11. Totals: 22-12-61.
Memorial (32)— Olson, 9; Golz, 8; Schmitz, 5; Becker, 5; Graf, 5; Flynn, 9; Dolan, 4. Totals: 9-14-32.
Three-point goals—Middleton 5 (Gardner 2, Flynn, Williams, Sullivan). Free throws missed—Middleton 8, Memorial 6. Total fouls—Middleton 15, Memorial 18.
-- Verona 44, Beloit 39—Kelsey Zwaga scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to held the Wildcats rally past the Purple Knights.
Verona (6-2, 4-2) trailed by five after three but outscored Beloit (3-6, 2-4) 19-9 in the fourth.
VERONA 44, BELOIT 39
Verona (44)—Dreher, 4; Beckerleg, 3; Cropp, 3; Witte, 3; Stone, 3; Pfeffer, 2; Zwaga, 14; Tackett, 12. Totals: 12-16-44.
Beloit (39)—Slavish, 9; Mauel, 8; Hankins, 2; Ha. Lawver, 2; Gauvin, 2; Heidt, 11; Han. Lawver, 4. Totals: 12-13-39.
Verona 10 9 6 19—44
Beloit Memorial 13 7 10 9—39
Three-point goals—Verona 4 (Beckerleg, Cropp, Witte, Tackett), Beloit 2 (Ha. Lawver, Heidt). Free throws missed—Verona 6, Beloit 3. Total fouls—Verona 17, Beloit 20. Fouled out—Mauel.