Dement, D’ lift Janesville Parker
Both teams were battling not only for third place in the conference, but a high seed in the postseason.
Fortunately for Klawitter, the Vikings played tournament tough.
Julia Dement made eight free throws in the fourth quarter, and the Parker defense clamped down on Ashley Bartow in a pivotal 41-37 Viking victory. Parker improved to
13-6 overall and 10-5 in the Big Eight, tied for third place with Janesville Craig and Madison La Follette.
Parker never trailed in the game but needed Dement’s free throws down the stretch to offset nine Verona three-point baskets.
“I thought it was a tournament-type atmosphere tonight,” Klawitter said. “Everybody is fighting for what’s coming up, so getting a win against a good Verona team is big.
“I’m pretty proud of everybody that played. We played hard, and for us, that’s two good wins back-to-back.”
Parker was coming off a win over second-place Madison West last Friday.
The Vikings led the entire way against Verona until the Wildcats (11-6, 9-6) tied it at 37-37 on Jamie Hintz’s three-pointer with 2:08 left. Bartow, the Big Eight’s second-leading scorer, had a chance to give Verona a lead with 1:10 to play but missed two free throws. Dement made it 38-37 on a free throw with 35 seconds left, and pushed the lead to 39-37 with another free throw 12 seconds later.
Bartow’s potential game-tying basket with three seconds left clanked off the front of the rim. Dement hauled down the rebound and was fouled, and the senior calmly sank both free throws for the final margin of victory.
“There’s no better feeling at the end of the game than when you’re up by two and then hit two free throws,” Klawitter said. “Julia made them when it counted, and it’s a good thing because we needed them.”
Juniors Ashley Hartwig and Dani Fugate led the Vikings. Hartwig finished with 14 points, while Fugate added 12, including three three-pointers.
Marissa Mears had 15 to lead Verona, all of which came from beyond the arc. Bartow, who came in averaging more than 17 points a game, finished with 12 before fouling out.
Parker hosts Sun Prairie on Saturday night.
PARKER 41, VERONA 37
Verona (37)—Hintz, 1-0-3; Smith, 0-2-2; Bartow, 5-0-12; Mears, 5-0-15; Dreher, 1-0-3; Twing, 1-0-2. Totals: 13-2-37.
Parker (41)—McDonald, 0-2-2; Chesebro, 2-0-4; Fugate, 4-1-12; Dement, 0-9-9; Hartwig, 4-6-14. Totals: 10-18-41.
Verona 9 5 15 8—37
Janesville Parker 11 10 10 10—41
Three-point goals—Verona 9 (Mears 5, Bartow 2, Hintz, Dreher), Parker 3 (Fugate 3). Free throws missed—Verona 2, Parker 5. Total fouls—Verona 18, Parker 9. Fouled out—Bartow.
Sophomores—Verona 43, Parker 41. Parker leading scorer: Taylor Wyss, 12. Parker is
14-5 overall and 11-4 in the Big Eight.