Janesville Parker girls can’t catch up after early deficit
Parker’s China Franklin won the tip and got the ball to Savannah Shepler. When no one picked up the junior guard, she nonchalantly swished a three-pointer from left of the top of the circle.
During the next 3 minutes, 36 seconds, the Vikings returned the favor by playing a similar brand of defense, as the Blackshirts rattled off a 14-0 run.
“Our defense was just absolutely terrible in the first quarter,” said Parker coach Tom Klawitter. “Just absolutely terrible.”
The Vikings (10-4) spent the rest of the game chasing South (8-5). They got within two points once, when Kathryn Pernot took an inbounds pass in the right corner and hit a three-pointer to make it 46-44 with 3:14 to play.
Pernot also absorbed two charges in the final four minutes of play as the Vikings hung tough.
“The last four games, we’ve been right in it and a possession or two away from a win,” South coach Paul Darling said of his team that improved to 2-3 in games decided by five or fewer points.
Katy Allen answered the Pernot triple with an old-fashioned three-point play at the left block, fouling out Parker senior Kaynesha Zinn in the process.
Allen recently picked up the flu, prompting her coach to offer his leading scorer some rest in the fourth. She would have nothing to do with that.
“She played exceptionally well considering she was sick at halftime,” Darling said. “We asked her if she needed to rest in the fourth quarter, and she said it would be worse just sitting there. She’s just such a competitor.”
Allen led the Blackshirts with 16 points and Eileen VanHorn added 15, including three three-pointers.
Vikings’ sophomore point guard Danielle Flood led all scorers with 20, and was instrumental in a ping-pong stretch during the first quarter that kept Parker from being run off their home floor early.
She assisted on Sadie Johnson’s three-pointer from the right wing to get the deficit to 18-7. After Kasi Carlsen answered with a three of her own, Flood set up Courtney Schumacher in the left corner for another three, making it 21-10.
In the quarter’s final minute, Flood hit a high-arcing runner from a tough release point with contact and finished off a three-point play to get within eight at 21-13 after one.
The 5-10 forward Zinn missed most of the second half, having picked up her fourth foul midway through the third. Klawitter said that stemmed from the Vikings’ early defensive struggles.
“That’s the result of the first quarter, taking stupid fouls and not understanding the game,” Klawitter said.
Klawitter did not get any comfort from the loss being out of Big Eight Conference play.
“Conference doesn’t mean much to me,” Klawitter said. “Whether it’s conference or nonconference, the bottom line is we should be playing better than this. We work too hard to start out a game like we did tonight.”
The Blackshirts hope to parlay the victory’s momentum into Friday night’s clash with Pius XI, the state’s eighth-ranked Division 1 program and a co-leader in the Classic Eight.
“Parker is Parker, and they’re typically about the best you’re gonna see,” Darling said. “Beating them at home will certainly be a feather in our cap.”
WAUKESHA SOUTH 51, PARKER 46
Waukesha South (51)—VanHorn, 6-0-15; Dallman, 1-2-4; Karsten, 1-3-5; Allen, 4-8-16; Carlsen, 2-0-5; Walters, 1-4-6. Totals: 11-18-51.
Janesville Parker (46)—Pernot 1-5-8; Schumacher, 1-0-3; Johnson, 0-1-3; Flood, 7-4-20; Dement, 0-2-2; Hartwig, 0-4-4; SShepler 2-1-6. Totals: 12-16-46.
Waukesha South 21 13 7 10—51
Janesville Parker 13 13 10 10—46
Three-point goals—Waukesha South 4 (VanHorn 3, Carlsen), Parker 4 (Flood 2, Pernot, SShepler). Free throws missed—Waukesha South 8, Parker 9. Total fouls—Waukesha South 22, Parker 22. Fouled out—Weitzer, Zinn.