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Parker girls grab Big Eight lead

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JOHN N. BARRY
January 23, 2010
— Madison West’s girls basketball team came into Friday night’s Big Eight Conference game at Janesville Parker riding a three-game winning streak.

The Regents left with their tails between their legs.


Savannah Shepler scored 13 points to lead three players in double figures, and the Vikings rolled past the Regents, 64-29.


Parker High (10-2, 8-1) also moved into undisputed first place in the Big Eight after Middleton lost at home to Verona, which hosts the Vikings tonight.


After surrendering 12 points in the first quarter, the Parker defense clamped down and limited West (3-7, 3-5) to 17 points the final three quarters.


“I was pretty happy with the way we played,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “We got a nice contribution from our bench, and when they were out there, I thought the starters worked hard on both ends of the court.


“And you never know what to expect from West. They’re very scrappy and play hard, but after I got on our kids a little at half, they really responded the second half.”


Parker outscored West 30-11 the second half.


Leading 34-18 at half, the seventh-ranked Vikings started the third quarter with a 14-2 run to take a commanding 48-20 lead. Parker freshman Ashley Hartwig capped off the run with three straight baskets and finished in double figures with 10 points.


Danielle Flood added 12 points for Parker, and 12 Vikings contributed points.


Parker won’t have long to savor Friday’s win as it prepares for another pivotal matchup tonight. Parker beat Verona (10-2, 8-2) earlier this season, 48-41 in overtime, but have lost to the Wildcats the last two years in the sectional finals.


“I hope we can go up there and send a message,” Klawitter said. “I like the way we’re playing and the fact that we’re getting quality minutes from a lot of kids.


“But Verona’s tough. And we’re going to have to be at our best.”


Which the Vikings were Friday night.


PARKER 64, WEST 29


West (29)—McClarn, 2-1-6; Dickerson, 3-0-6; Ward, 2-1-5; Jackson, 4-0-8; Steinmann, 2-0-4. Totals: 13-2-29.


Parker (64)—Franklin, 3-2-8; Pernot, 1-0-3; Flood, 4-4-12; Shepler, 3-5-13; Zinn, 2-0-4; Hartwig, 4-2-10; Larson, 1-0-3; Prokopec, 1-0-2; Dement, 2-0-4; Kenerson, 1-0-2; Schumacher, 0-1-1; Johnson, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-14-64.


Madison West 12 6 7 4—29


Janesville Parker 18 16 16 14—64


Three-point goals—West 1 (McClarn), Parker 4 (Shepler 2, Flood, Larson). Free throws missed—West 5, Parker 9. Total fouls—West 18, Parker 11.


Sophomores—Parker 50, West 29. Parker is 10-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big Eight. Parker leading scorer—Bria Gorman, 9.




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