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Parker girls open with impressive win

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Gazette Staff
November 26, 2011
— The season opener for the Janesville Parker High girls basketball team turned into a combination Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Vikings defeated a talented Milwaukee Rufus King squad, 80-76, in the Brookfield Central Showcase at Brookfield Central on Friday night.


King was regarded as one of the top teams in the state after coming off a 16-7 season.


Parker’s performance had veteran coach Tom Klawitter on a high coming back from Brookfield.


“It was a really great win for Parker basketball right now,” Klawitter said. “It was a great win for the program, and a good way to start the season.”


Klawitter’s teams normally don’t play during the Thanksgiving holiday. He accepted the invitation to play in the tournament, but might have had second thoughts when told of the King matchup.


The Generals took a 6-0 lead, which prompted Klawitter to call an early timeout. The Vikings regrouped, but still trailed 19-13 after one quarter.


The Vikings went on a 22-13 tear in the second quarter, and then played even with King in the second half.


Parker was able to handle the fast-pace tempo that King wanted. The Generals committed 28 fouls, which resulted in Parker shooting 33-of-51 from the line.


Junior Ashley Hartwig made 12 free throws en route to 24 points. Dani Fugate added 15 points, Kayce Chesebro had 12, and Courtney Schumacher had all of her eight points from the line.


“There was no way to keep the score down the way they were playing,” Klawitter said of King. “I can’t imagine anyone pressuring us any harder than King did. We bent, but we


didn’t break.”


Klawitter said Hartwig had an excellent game, but said every player had a hand in the victory.


“It’s a pretty good Thanksgiving,” Klawitter said. “Now we can get back to the practice floor.”


The Vikings open Big Eight play next Friday at Madison Memorial.


PARKER 80, KING 76


Parker (80)—Gorman, 0-1-1; Schumacher, 0-8-8; Shepler, 1-1-4; Chesebro, 4-4-12; Fugate, 5-4-15; Dement, 3-3-9; Hartwig, 6-12-24; McCulloch, 2-2-7. Totals: 21-33-80.


King (76)—Eckles, 6-3-15; Fowler, 9-5-24; Salters, 0-1-1; Martin, 2-0-6; Hayes, 4-3-11; Chappelle, 3-1-7; Young, 4-1-9. Totals: 29-15-76.


Parker 13 22 19 26—80


King 19 13 18 26—76


Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Shepler, Fugate, McCulloch), King 3 (Fowler, Martin 2). Free throws missed—Parker 18, King 15. Total fouls—Parker 19, King 28. Fouled out—Chesebro, Salters.



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