Parker girls dominate Memorial
The fourth-ranked Vikings eased their coach’s concern early and often on their way to a 62-32 victory over the Spartans here Saturday, which gave the Big Eight Conference leaders their second 30-point victory of the week.
That lifted Parker High to 8-1 for the season and 6-0 in the conference, keeping the Vikings a half-game ahead of Middleton (9-2, 6-1) as they head into a showdown with the Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Middleton.
Not only did Parker negate Memorial’s height with a swarming defense, the Vikings took advantage of it with crisp passing and quickness underneath on the offensive end.
The Spartans could muster only two field goals in the first half, and Parker held the Spartans to just eight field goals in the game. Memorial (3-5, 2-5) had no three-point goals.
Klawitter said his players handled Memorial’s height challenge well.
“I thought we did a great job today,” Klawitter said. “I’m happy with the concentration on Olson down below, and I liked our pressure on the basketball.”
Klawitter was referring to Memorial’s star post player, 6-1 senior Taryn Olson. The Eastern Illinois University recruit was held to just two free throws in the first quarter, when Parker jumped off to a 17-6 lead that set the tempo.
Olson scored 14 points but was shut out in the fourth quarter. She went down with an apparent knee injury and was helped off the court with 14.5 seconds left.
Parker demonstrated an overpowering defense for the second straight game after whipping Madison La Follette, 67-37, here Tuesday.
Memorial managed double-digit scoring in just one quarter, the third, when the Spartans got 11 points. Meanwhile, Klawitter got 11 points from his reserves in the fourth quarter, led by Courtney Schumacher’s four points, including a three-point goal.
Klawitter, not known for flowery praise, gave his starting point guard, Danielle Flood, credit for continuing to progress as a conference standout.
“Flood was fantastic tonight, knowing when to shoot and when not to shoot,” he said. “That was a real key for us.”
Flood led all scorers with 17 points, all in the first three quarters, before sitting out the final period.
With a 51-26 lead after three quarters, Klawitter gave his reserves plenty of court time.
“I thought everybody came off the bench and did a pretty good job all the way—1-through-14,” Klawitter said. “It was nice to have (Brianna) Prokopec back from a broken wrist she suffered in the second game of the year.
“We got some offense from Julia Dement, I thought Frankie Larsen rebounded well, and the three-point goal at the end from Schumacher was good to see.”
Klawitter also was pleased with Kaynesha Zinn, a force on both ends of the floor. She scored 11 points, gave the Vikings second shots with several offensive rebounds and helped anchor the defensive dominance.
PARKER 62, MEMORIAL 32
Memorial (32)—Graf, 1-3-5; Beld, 1-3-5; Golz, 0-3-3; Olson, 4-6-14; Burnette, 1-0-2; Davis, 1-1-3. Totals: 8-16-32.
Parkier (62)—Franklin, 3-0-6; Flood, 6-3-17; S. Shelpler, 3-0-7; Zinn, 3-5-11; Pernot, 3-0-6; Hartwig, 1-2-4; Dement, 1-4-6; Prokopec, 0-1-1; Schumacher, 1-1-4. Totals: 21-16-62.
Madison Memorial 6 9 11 6—32
Janesville Parker 17 18 16 11—62
Three-point goals—Parker 4 (Flood 2, S. Shelpler, Schumacher). Free throws missed—Memorial 9, Parker 6. Total fouls—Memorial 18, Parker 21.
Sophomores—Memorial 53, Parker 36. Parker scoring leaders: Briana Gorman, 8; Kacey Pennycook, 7.