Turnovers, poor shooting hurt Janesville Vikings vs. Lancers
Utilizing its full-court press, Madison LaFollette feasted on 14 first-half turnovers by the Vikings to run away from Parker for the 68-59 Big Eight Conference victory.
Parker (3-6, 1-6) made just a third of its shots in the first half (7 of 21), while the Lancers (4-5, 2-5) made 55 percent (12 of 24) to jump out to a 34-20 halftime lead.
“They were physical, and we
didn’t respond well to that,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “It was just too big of a hole to come back from.”
Jordan Thompson, who led Parker with 17 points, gave the Vikings a 9-8 lead on the first of his three three-pointers. Jon Dybevik responded with 10 straight points for LaFollette, and the Lancers never relinquished the lead.
Dybevik finished with 15 first-half points and had 24 for the game.
Parker aided the run with its first-half turnovers and finished with 27.
“Early on, I thought our pressure really kind of rushed them and didn’t allow them to get comfortable,” LaFollette coach Reggie Williams said. “They are a good offensive team. So if you let them get comfortable, you’re in for a long night.”
Instead, it was a long night for Parker.
LaFollette pushed its lead to 58-33 in the third quarter on a Jaren Singh basket as the game turned sloppy and both coaches received technical fouls.
“I thought the officials let the game get out of control a little bit,” Masterson said of his technical, which came with 5:02 left in the third quarter.
Singh, LaFollette’s 6-7 center, finished with 10 points, while Creed Knutson added 10 points for the Vikings.
The Lancers secured a 66-44 lead on two Dybevik free throws, before Parker closed with a 15-2 run.
“We didn’t run our press break correctly, and we didn’t run our offense,” Masterson said. “The first half was just a bad half for us. Coming in, we knew LaFollette was the most physical team in the Big Eight, but we just didn’t respond.”
LA FOLLETTE 68, PARKER 59
Parker (59)—Husen, 0-3-3; Simonson, 2-3-7; Thompson, 5-4-17; Hyde, 1-0-3; Moe, 1-0-3; Teubert, 1-3-5; Knutson, 2-4-9; Fiedler, 3-2-8; Schroeder, 1-2-4. Totals: 16-21-59.
La Follette (68)—Dybevik, 7-9-24; Hester, 2-1-5; Hakim, 3-0-6; Hunter, 2-0-4; Padgett, 3-0-6; Henly, 3-1-7; Flood, 3-0-6; Singh, 3-4-10. Totals: 26-15-68.
Janesville Parker 9 11 23 16—59
Madison La Follette 13 21 26 8—68
Three-point goals—Parker 6 (Simonson, Thompson 3, Hyde, Moe, Knutson). La Follette 1 (Dybevik). Free throws missed—Parker 8, La Follette 7. Total fouls—Parker 19, La Follette 22.
Sophomores—La Follette 47, Parker 42.