Parker's defense turns off East
Janesville Parker High School kept University of Wisconsin recruit Makailah Dyer scoreless in the second quarter en rout to a 68-39 victory Saturday over visiting Madison East in Big Eight Conference girls basketball.
Dyer torched Parker for 40 points before Christmas in a 90-73 loss to the Vikings. Parker held Dyer to four of her game-high 23 points in the first half.
Parker improves to 11-6 overall and 8-5 in the Big Eight. East falls to 4-12 and 3-10.
“We had a better game plan,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “We had kids who were the main part of our defense get in foul trouble in the third quarter so she got loose in the fourth quarter. I feel she got a lot points against inexperienced kids.”
Dyer, a 5-foot, 9-inch guard who averages 27 points, complimented the Vikings’ defensive effort.
“Coach Klawitter has his girls play great defense,” Dyer said. “They were just focusing on me a little bit more, so I was trying to look for my teammates a lot more than in the first game.’’
Only three other Pugolders scored, and none reach double figures. Miranda Morrison led with eight points..
“We knew (Dyer) was going to get her points,” Klawitter said. “We could have cleaned it up a little better, but she got hers and other kids didn’t get more that five (eight).”
While Julia Dement led Parker’s defense to keep Dyer in check, Parker rolled to a 22-8 first-quarter lead.
“We did some good things offensively,” Klawitter said. “I’m pretty happy about it.”
Dani Fugate scored eight of her 16 points in the first quarter and Ashley Hartwig scored eight of her team-high 17 points. After being held scoreless in the second quarter, Dyer scored 11 points in the third quarter and added eight in the fourth.
Parker takes a two-game winning streak into Madison West next Friday. The Vikings close the season playing four of five teams that handed Parker losses in the first half of the Big Eight season.
“We are just trying to get better each game,” Klawitter said. “Every game is going to be played like a tournament game and try to get prepared for the tournament.’’
PARKER 68, EAST 39
East (39)—Morrison, 3-1-8; Dyer, 8-6-23; Ottelien, 1-1-4; Miggins, 1-0-2. Totals: 13-8-39
Parker (68)—Shepler, 1-0-3; Smith, 1-1-3; Chesebro, 3-1-7; Dubanowich, 3-1-7; Fugate, 7-2-16; Washington, 3-0-6; Thompson, 1-0-3; Hartwig, 6-5-17; McCulloch, 3-0-6; Dement, 1-5-7. Totals: 29-13-68
Madison East 8 8 5 14 12—39
Janesville Parker 22 15 10 21—68
Three-point goals—East 2 (Morrison, Dyer), Parker 2 (Shepler, Thompson). Free throws missed—East 2, Parker 4. Total fouls—East 11, Parker 15.