East puts clamps on Parker girls
The veteran coach stood with his arms folded as his young team struggled to keep pace with Madison East.
Parker (9-4, 6-4) made just five second-half field goals and had numerous defensive breakdowns en route to a disappointing 56-48 loss to East (9-5, 7-5) here in a Big Eight Conference matchup.
Nyakour Deang and Makailah Dyer combined to score 22 second-half points to lead the Purgolders to an impressive victory.
“The big story tonight was defense, and our defense was lousy,” Klawitter said. “We just keep making the same mistakes over and over. And until we fix that, we’re going to have some trouble.”
The Vikings troubles started in the third quarter. The Purgolders, behind Deang’s seven quick points, opened the second half with a 12-2 run en route to a 40-32 lead.
Parker senior guard Danielle Flood kept the Vikings in contention with three free throws to cut the deficit to 44-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Flood paced the Vikings with 16 points, while Julia Dement added 12, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the Purgolders.
East continued to aggressively attack the Parker defense in the fourth. Dyer drained four straight free throws to help the Purgolders build their biggest lead of the game at 56-43 with 1:27 left. Dyer, who averages 20 points per game, had the Vikings on their heels most of the second half.
“You can’t just guard one kid,” Klawitter said. “Our kids have to understand that we have to help more defensively. We were coming and helping from down below, and all she (Dyer) had to do was pass it and those kids had to do was one-foot shots.”
The Vikings fared much better in the first half.
Flood kick-started the Parker offense with five quick points, including a high-arching three-pointer to propel the Vikings to a 13-7 advantage with 1:25 left in the first.
Purgolder guard Sara Hudkins answered with consecutive baseline three-pointers that ignited an 11-0 spurt that gave East a 22-15 lead with 5:34 left in the half.
Parker, behind Dement and Dani Fugate’s 11 second-half points, chiseled away at the lead down the stretch of the first half. Dement’s free throw with 23 seconds helped the Vikings draw even at 28 at halftime.
The Purgolders, however, took the game over early in the second half and didn’t let up.
“Right now we’re still in a little bit of a transition phase,” Klawitter said. “Hopefully we’ll figure it out.”
EAST 56, JANESVILLE PARKER 48
East (56)—Deang, 6-4-17; Dyer, 3-8-15; Jackson, 5-0-11; Hudkins, 2-0-6; Justice, 2-1-5; Clair, 1-0-2. Totals 19-13-56.
Parker (48)—Flood, 5-5-16; Larson, 2-1-5; Dement, 3-5-12; Hartwig, 3-1-7; Fugate, 2-0-5; McDonald, 1-1-3. Totals: 16-13-48.
Madison East 11 17 16 12—56
Parker 15 13 9 11—48
Three point goals—East 5 (Deang, Jackson, Hudkins), Parker 3 (Flood, Dement, Fugate). Free throws missed—East 7, Parker 4. Total fouls—East 16, Parker 13.