Verona rejects replay request
The answer to that question was both “yes” and “no.”
The players were the same, but the outcome was dramatically different.
Janesville Parker, which defeated Verona in December, scored just 39 points Thursday. The Wildcats, meanwhile, shot 60 percent from the floor, including 7 of 13 in three-point attempts, to trounce Parker, 55-39.
Parker’s Creed Knutson and Andrew Somerville combined for 18 points Thursday.
In December, Somerville and Knutson poured in a combined 52 in the 79-66 Viking win.
It was not as much a matter of Parker’s poor play as it was a phenomenal shooting night for Verona, said Parker coach Rich Masterson.
“We scored 79 up there and 39 tonight,” Masterson said. “They shot well, and we couldn’t make a basket for stretches. They did a nice job defensively, and we didn’t respond like we can.”
Verona jumped out to a 19-11 lead in the first quarter. Parker staged a comeback midway through the second quarter, when Erik Albeck stole the ball at midcourt, drove the lane and finished with a one-handed flush to pull the Vikings to within four at 22-18.
Verona then went into a deliberate offense the last three minutes, but still managed to end the half with an 11-point, 33-22 lead.
Parker could muster only five points in the third quarter, and Verona built a 20-point lead at 47-27.
“This was a disappointing night in a lot of aspects, but I do want to mention the play we got from players off the bench,” he said. “I was pleased with their intensity.”
Verona romped despite not getting a point from standout Danny Burns. The starting guard scored 19 points in a 55-53 win over Middleton is the Wildcats’ last game.
Nate Ray picked up the slack. The 6-foot senior guard scored 16 points, including four three-point goals. Bryan Dalton added 10.
Somerville led Parker with 11 points.
Parker, 7-8 overall and 5-7 in conference, travels to Sun Prairie on Saturday.
VERONA 55, PARKER 39
Verona (55))—Banzhaf, 4-0-9; Ray, 5-2-16; Hainzinger, 1-1-3; Dalton, 4-2-10; Argall, 2-0-5; Yapp, 1-0-3; Braxton, 2-1-5; Henck, 1-2-4. Totals: 20-8-55.
Parker (39)—Somerville, 2-6-11; Schroeder, 3-0-6; Albeck, 1-0-2; Knutson, 2-3-7; Thompson, 1-1-3; Grafft, 1-0-2; Long, 2-0-4; Hyde, 1-0-2; Smith, 0-2-2. Totals: 13-12-39.
Verona 19 14 14 8—55
Janesville Parker 11 11 5 12—39
Three-point goals—Verona 7 (Ray 4, Banzhaf, Argall, Yapp) , Parker 1 (Somerville). Free throws missed—Verona 5, Parker 2. Total fouls—Verona 16, Parker 13.
Sophomores—Verona 39, Parker 36. Parker leading scorers: Charles Organ, 7; Mitch Treinen, 6.