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Janesville Parker victory marred by injury

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STANLEY B. MILAM
January 7, 2011
— The victory appeared to be of secondary importance to the Janesville Parker High girls basketball team and coaching staff Thursday night.

The Vikings defeated Madison La Follette, 57-41, in a Big Eight Conference game, but much of the Viking enthusiasm ended with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.


That’s when Parker’s starting shooting guard, 5-7 senior Savannah Shepler, crashed to the floor and started screaming in pain. She left the game with a left knee injury and did not return.


Parker coach Tom Klawitter had little to say after the game.


“I’m assuming the worst and hoping for the best,” Klawitter said when asked about Shepler.


Klawitter said he would not know anymore about the injury until Shepler’s left knee was examined. She left the gym on crutches with her knee wrapped in a medical bandage.


It appeared Shepler went down after a scramble for a rebound under the Parker basket. She went up for the ball and landed on another player’s foot.


Despite playing less than three quarters, Shepler was a key factor in the Parker win. Before the game, Klawitter said Parker had to hit shots over La Follette’s zone, and the Vikings had to get out defensively on the Lancer shooters.


Shepler answered the call with four three-point goals in the first half including three in the first quarter. Her hot shooting forced La Follette out of its zone, providing the Vikings an opportunity to work the ball underneath.


“We got them out of the zone, but we could have taken better advantage of that,” Klawitter said. “But I’m really proud of how are kids battled after Savannah went down.”


Shepler, a defensive specialist, held La Follette’s Clare Gloede scoreless in the first quarter and to just three points in the first half. With Shepler out of the lineup, Gloede scored 16 second-half points and pulled the Lancers to within one with 4:15 left.


With Parker leading 36-35, Parker’s senior point guard, Danielle Flood took charge and led the Vikings to victory.


The 5-foot-6 Flood scored 11 points in the final four minutes, including nine of 10 free throws.


Parker’s Frankie Larson hit two key field goals in the final minutes to preserve the win.


Parker improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference, but the win only produced blank looks on the faces of coaches and players.


“We’re just praying it’s not too serious,” Klawitter said about Shepler’s status. “But, if it is, we’re just going to have to build it up and get it done.”


Flood led all scorers with 20 points. Shepler added 14.


PARKER 57, LA FOLLETTE 41

La Follette (41)—La Plant, 1-0-2; Gloede, 6-2-19; Hodge, 1-0-2; Stevens, 2-5-9; Singh, 3-0-7; Newman, 1-0-2. Totals: 14-7-41.


Parker (57)—Larson, 2-2-6; Flood, 5-10-20; Dement, 3-0-6; Hartwig, 0-4-4; Shepler, 4-2-14; Washington, 1-1-3; Schumacher, 0-3-3; McDonald, 0-1-1. Totals: 15-23-57.


Madison La Follette 6 12 8 15—41


Janesville Parker 14 8 10 25—57


Three-point goals—La Follette 6 (Gloede 5, Singh), Parker 4 (Shepler 4). Free throws missed—La Follette 9, Parker 9. Total fouls—La Follette 23, Parker 12. Fouled out—Gloede, Stevens.


Sophomores—La Follette 45, Parker 39 (OT). Parker leading scorer: Kayla Light, 16.



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