Julia Hartwig came into Tuesday night’s game against Madison West leading the Big Eight Conference in scoring and rebounding.
The junior and UW-Green Bay recruit was averaging 19.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game.
Those numbers went up after another dominating performance against the Regents.
Hartwig had 20 points and 19 rebounds to lead Parker to a 62-48 win. The Vikings grabbed a 15-point lead by half and didn’t allow the Regents to cut the deficit under double digits despite a sloppy second half.
Parker finished the first half of the conference season with a 4-5 record and improved to 6-6 overall.
Hartwig also passed the 1,000-point mark for her career and now sits at 1,007. Her older sister, Ashley, was the last Parker player to reach 1,000 in her career.
Despite the win, Parker coach Jennah Hartwig said her team was inconsistent, at best.
“For some reason, we continue to lose our intensity when we get ahead,” coach Hartwig said. “The same thing happened against Memorial the other night. And right now, we’re not good enough to be doing that. We have to come with the same intensity each and every night whether it’s at practice or not.
“It’s a lack of that killer instinct. We have to learn that when we have a team down, like tonight and against Memorial, we have to keep doing what we’ve done to get that lead. You have to step on their throats and put them away.”
Both teams started slow. West (3-8, 1-8) led 12-8 with 11 minutes left in the half before Parker responded with a 15-0 run to take control. Tina Shelton’s three-point play with 8:28 left in the half gave Parker the lead for good at 15-12, and Jacy Benway’s steal and basket with 6:09 remaining pushed Parker’s lead to 23-12.
Hartwig had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the first half but struggled to get into the flow of the offense in the second.
Parker had 13 turnovers in the second half and looked out of sorts, at times. The Vikings used a 6-0 run to push the lead to 19 early in the second half but then had two long scoring droughts.
“The first half I was pretty happy with the way we executed, but the second half was just not good enough,” coach Hartwig said. “We have to be able to put two halves together if we’re going to meet some of the goals we talked about before the season.
“We did try some things (offensively) the second half that we hadn’t tried before, and so I can understand where we might have struggled a bit, but that’s no excuse for a lack of intensity.”
Parker hosts Verona on Friday night. The Wildcats beat the Vikings earlier this season in a Big Eight opener.
PARKER 62, WEST 48
West (48)—Mahnke 2-2-6; Conner 1-0-2; JacksonBranch 4-1-9; Carlson 5-3-13; Drucker 1-0-2; McGrath 3-1-8; Jankovich 2-0-5; Driscoll 0-1-1; Kettleson 1-0-2. Totals: 19-8-48.
Parker (62)—Benway 3-5-11; Shelton 3-2-8; Forrestal 3-3-10; Rosga 1-1-3; Graesslin 1-3-5; Vequilla 1-2-4; Hartwig 10-0-20. Totals: 22-16-62.
Madison West 20 28—48
Janesville Parker 35 27—62
3-point goals—West 2 (McGrath, Jankovich), Parker 2 (Forrestal, Graesslin). Free throws missed—West 6, Parker 14. Total fouls—West 27, Parker 19. Fouled out—Carlson.