La Follette hands Parker boys 25-point loss
JANESVILLE Janesville Parker's boys basketball team is not about to push the panic button after Tuesday's season opener.
The Vikings, however, have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to be competitive in the rugged Big Eight Conference.
Parker turned the ball over 27 times and committed 30 fouls in a 75-50 conference loss to Madison La Follette.
Nygel Drury scored 31 points and the Lancers took advantage of the Vikings' rash of turnovers and sloppy play in pulling away early. La Follette led 23-10 after one quarter.
"I was frustrated at times that we did not execute the way we had planned," Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. "We ran the press break well at certain times, but other times, we hurried and didn't set up in our offense.
"Coming into the game, I told our guys that whoever wins the rebounding battle and the turnover margin, is going to win the game. Unfortunately, it wasn't us."
La Follette started strong, opening up a quick 9-0 lead behind six points from Drury. Parker got within 12-6 on David Palan's three-point basket, but La Follette responded with an 11-0 run to take control.
The Vikings got the lead down to 10 in the second and had two chances to cut the lead under double digits, but La Follette answered with a 9-0 run to go up 38-19.
Tanner Smith led Parker with 16 points, while Palan added 10.
"I think we will definitely learn from this," Masterson said. "We knew coming in that La Follette was going to be one of the better teams in our league, and they proved it."
"We just have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball and putting the ball in the basket. We had a lot of good looks, especially down low, but could not finish."
Parker plays a nonconference game at Delavan-Darien on Friday night.
LA FOLLETTE 75, PARKER 50
La Follette (75)—Drury, 10-11-31; Prather, 4-3-11; Thomas, 4-0-8; Looper, 1-0-2; Trickle, 1-1-4; Poe, 0-1-1; Daniels, 1-0-3; Ewing, 1-1-4; Dunn, 3-5-11. Totals: 25-22-75.
Parker (50)—Smith, 7-2-16; Scott, 0-2-2; Thompson, 1-0-2; Treinen, 4-0-8; Sanders, 1-0-2; Palan, 3-1-10; Hauger, 2-0-4; Osmond, 2-2-6. Totals: 20-7-50.
Madison La Follette 23 18 13 21—75
Janesville Parker 10 10 13 17—50
Three-point goals—La Follette 3 (Prather, Daniels, Trickle), Parker 3 (Palan 3). Free throws missed—La Follette 13, Parker 14. Total fouls—La Follette 22, Parker 30. Fouled out—Poe, Ewing, Thompson, Simonis.
Sophomores—La Follette 63, Parker 31.