Visiting Middleton handles Janesville Parker
The Cardinals built a 25-14 lead in the first half, then overpowered Parker High the rest of the way for 55-30 victory in a Big Eight Conference game.
Middleton remained tied for third place as it improved to 6-3 in the conference and 9-4 overall. Parker fell to 1-8 and 3-9.
Coach Kevin Bavery said his Cardinals came into the game knowing Parker could score but may have let down after an early lead.
“We watched the film of Parker’s game with Sun Prairie in which Parker scored 80 points, so we were concentrating on their offense,” Bavery said. “Then we jumped out to a 10-1 lead, and I think we had a small letdown.”
Parker trailed 12-5 after the first quarter and got to within 18-14 on Jordan Thompson’s three-point goal with 3:10 left in the first half.
Middleton then scored seven straight points for its 11-point halftime advantage.
The Cardinals put the game out of reach with an 8-3 run to open the third quarter. Parker coach Ryan Masterson called a timeout with 5:12 left in the period, but Middleton closed out the quarter with a 10-0 surge, giving the Cards a 43-22 lead before both teams brought in reserves.
Matt Everson, a 6-2 senior who just committed to Northern Michigan, led all scorers with 14 points for Middleton. Tyler Teubert paced Parker with 11.
“I was disappointed in our effort tonight,” Masterson said. “I was sure we would play much better. I know we can.”
But it just didn’t happen for the Vikings.
“Our shooting was terrible in the first half—we couldn’t shoot at all. We were 5-for-25,” Masterson said. “We had trouble just making simple passes.
“Teams have games when the shooting just isn’t there, but you have to pick it up in other parts of the game. We just didn’t do that tonight.”
Bavery said his Cardinals might have something to say about who takes the Big Eight championship.
“Our three conference losses are to Madison East, ranked No. 1 in the state; Madison Memorial, which is ranked fourth, and Verona,” Bavery said. “Those are three very good teams, and we’re looking forward to rematches.
Parker, meanwhile, looks ahead to hosting Beloit at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.
“We will be making some adjustments, and hopefully we can give them a good game,” Masterson said.
MIDDLETON 55, PARKER 30
Middleton (55)—Adler, 1-0-3; Owen, 4-0-9; Everson, 6-2-14; Elsen, 2-2-6; Joyce, 3-3-9; Coyne, 0-3-3; Opitz, 0-1-1; Yaktus, 1-0-2; Witfli, 1-1-3; O’Brien, 1-0-3; Bavery, 0-2-2. Totals: 19-14-55.
Parker (30)—Simonson, 1-0-2; Thompson, 2-0-6; Teubuert, 3-4-11; Knutson, 1-0-2; Fiedler, 2-0-4; Schroeder, 0-3-3; Cahill, 1-0-2. Totals: 10-7-30.
Middleton 12 13 18 12—55
Janesville Parker 5 9 8 8—30
Three-point goals—Middleton 2 (Owen, Adler), Parker 3 (Thompson 2, Teubert). Free throws missed—Middleton 8, Parker 7. Total fouls—Middleton 16, Parker 17.
Sophomores—Middleton 47, Parker 41. Parker leading scorers—Andrew Somerville, 13; Decker Thompson, 9.