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Janesville Parker picks up pace, drops Badger

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Tim Wester
January 5, 2011
— For a few brilliant moments of the second quarter against Lake Geneva Badger, the Janesville Parker boys basketball team broke out its Harlem Globetrotter routine.

Parker High broke from the daily grind of half-court basketball and entertained the crowd with dunks, steals and pinpoint passes during a 15-0 second-quarter run that helped the Vikings cruise to a 55-41 nonconference victory here Tuesday night.


Andrew Somerville led a balanced attack with 13 points, while Creed Knutson and Erik Albeck added 11 apiece to help Parker (6-3) wash away the bad taste of last week’s 27-point home loss to Burlington.


“I challenged the guys to come out with a lot of intensity because we had a lot of things to correct,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “I thought we did that tonight and held them (the Badgers) down defensively.”


Parker’s stifling defense forced five second-quarter turnovers that led to three lay-ups. Albeck led the defensive charge, turning two steals into a two-handed slam and a graceful left-handed dunk that helped build the Vikings’ lead to 23-10.


Badger coach Tom Dummer tried to slow down the onslaught by calling two timeouts, but it didn’t do the trick. Kyle Schroeder’s 17-footer from the top of key built the Parker lead to 34-17 by halftime.


“Coach Masterson wanted us to really start to run because we really hadn’t the last couple of games,” Somerville said. “And it really worked.”


The Vikings used the same formula in the second half to keep the pressure on the Badgers. Albeck’s six third-quarter points helped push Parker’s advantage to 46-26.


Parker led by as many as 24 points in the fourth before a late Badger surge trimmed the lead to 14. But it wasn’t enough to threaten the Parker lead.


“I’m glad that we were able to put Burlington behind us and really didn’t take Lake Geneva for granted,” Somerville said. “We really wanted to come out and take it to them and show that we can play better than we did against Burlington.”


Badger, however, had different ideas in the first quarter. Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz punctured the Vikings zone defense with a consecutive three-pointers that gave the Badgers a 6-5 lead early in the first. Charlie Grafft’s putback gave Parker a 10-8 lead before Colton Andresen answered with a lay-up to tie the game at 10-10 after one quarter.


But the fun quickly ended for Badger (1-6), which never had an answer for the Vikings the remaining three quarters.


PARKER 55, BADGER 41

Parker (55)—Somerville, 3-5-13; Long, 2-0-4; Knutson, 4-3-11; Schroeder, 3-0-6; Albeck, 4-3-11; Grafft, 3-0-6; Hyde, 0-2-2; Smith, 0-2-2. Totals : 19-15-55.


Badger (41)—Gruenwald-Schmitz, 2-0-6; Andresen, 2-4-9; Swanson, 1-0-2; Kozlowski, 2-2-6; Slagle, 1-1-3; Growel, 2-2-6; McBride, 1-0-2; Lamparek, 3-1-7. Totals: 14-10-41.


Janesville Parker 10 24 12 9—55


Lake Geneva Badger 10 7 9 15—41


Three-point goals—Parker 2 (Somerville), Badger 3 (Gruenwald-Schmitz 2, Andresen). Free throws missed—Parker 13, Badger 5. Total fouls—Parker 21, Badger 19.


Sophomores—Parker 51, Badger 33.



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