Flood scores 38 in Vikings' victory over Madison West
Special to the Gazette
From the start, Danielle Flood admitted she found her groove Friday night.
That groove didn’t end until the Janesville Parker senior finished with a career-high 38 points to spearhead the Vikings to a 52-41 win at Madison West.
Over and over, the point guard’s high-arching shots found the bottom of the net, and the Vikings needed every one of them to hold off the Regents.
“I felt good right from the beginning,” Flood said.
She made a three-pointer on the opening possession, and 10 of her 15 shots found their mark. She also made 14 of 16 free throws.
“Right at the beginning, we came out strong,” Flood said. “That made me more confidant and opened up other shots.”
Flood had 17 of Parker’s 25 first-half points. That included 11 in the second quarter, when the Vikings pulled away with a 13-6 advantage for a 25-15 lead.
With Ashley Hartwig in foul trouble most the game and eventually fouling out in the fourth quarter, Flood took over the scoring duties.
She made all five of her second-half shots and 12 of her 13 free throws.
“Danielle had a great game,” said Parker coach Tom Klawitter, whose squad improves to 6-4 in the Big Eight, 7-4 overall. “We just need someone else to come along with her.”
Even with Flood’s offense, Parker struggled to put the Regents (4-6, 5-7) away. West was able to cut the Parker lead to seven twice the fourth quarter. The last time came with five minutes and 31 seconds remaining after Jazmine Dickerson made two free throws.
Flood answered with a lay-up and a rebound putback to end the threat. Parker finally closed the win out by making eight of its 10 free throws over the final 2:37, with Flood making seven of eight, to overcome seven fourth-quarter turnovers against the West full-court press.
“We’re learning as we go,” Klawitter said. “We started our season over a couple weeks ago, so we are still trying to get in the flow.”
Friday marked Parker’s third game since losing Savannah Shepler to a season-ending knee injury.
Dani Fugate was next for Parker with five points.
Paige Sieben led West with 10 points
“It was a good game for Danielle,” Klawitter said. “She shot the ball extremely well and really was a leader tonight. That was nice to see.”
PARKER 52, WEST 41
Parker (52)—Flood, 10-14-38; Larson, 0-1-1; Dement, 0-4-4; Hartwig, 1-0-2; Fugate, 1-3-5; Washington 0-2-2. Totals: 13-24-52.
Madison West (41)—Dickerson, 3-2-8; Sieben, 3-4-10; Daly, 1-0-2; Ward, 3-2-8; McClarn, 2-2-6; Russell, 1-0-2; Cannon, 2-0-4. Totals, 15-11-41.
Janesville Parker 12 13 11 16—52
Madison West 9 6 12 14—41
Three point goals—Parker 2 (Flood 2), West 0. Free throws missed—Parker 6, West 3. Total fouls—Parker 16, West 22. Fouled out—Hartwig, Dickerson, McClarn.
Sophomores—Parker 45, East 24. Parker leading scorer—Anna Athmann, 16.