Liliana Garcia was halfway down the court before her team even had possession of the ball.

A turnover followed, a long outlet pass found Garcia and the Madison Memorial sophomore used a crafty move to draw a foul from Janesville Parker’s Ryann Porter while making a left-handed layup late in the first half.

That kind of athleticism was on display all night as the visiting Spartans handled the Vikings 56-41 for their third straight win.

Parker (8-13, 6-11 Big Eight Conference), coming off a dominating win over Beloit two days earlier, finished with more turnovers (20) than made field goals (17) on its Senior Night.

“It wasn’t as if their defense was pressuring us, we were just not mentally into the game tonight,” Parker coach Jennah Hartwig said. “You can’t play like that against this team.”

Sophomore guard Tina Shelton led the Vikings with 11 points. Parker played most of the second half without leading scorer Julia Hartwig (6 points), who appeared to injure her back diving for a loose ball with about 17 minutes remaining.

Four players scored in double figures for Memorial (12-9, 11-6 Big Eight), which secured a season sweep of the Vikings. The Spartans shot 42 percent from the field, but just 29 percent in the second half, and made one 3-pointer and 11 of 24 free throws.

Leilani Kapinus and Daiysha Brown scored 13 points each in the win. Garcia added 12 and Emmoni Rankins had 11.

Memorial rarely settled for jumpers, instead driving straight into the heart of Parker’s defense whenever a seam presented itself.

“They’re athletic and they play with a lot of energy,” Jennah Hartwig said. “We were supposed to stop them from attacking the basket, and we were just not able to do it tonight.

“It was a struggle from the start.”

Jacy Benway made a 3-pointer to reduce Memorial’s lead to nine with 16:30 left, but the Spartans didn’t allow the Vikings to get closer.

Parker shot 34 percent for the game but had 10 turnovers in each half.

Both teams dealt with foul trouble in the second half. Kapinus, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard who’s received Division I offers from Wisconsin, Marquette and UW-Green Bay, was 6 of 14 from the field before picking up her fourth foul with eight minutes left.

Parker’s Benway played with four fouls, while Alexis Fenrick and Jena Forrestal each were limited with three fouls.

The Vikings close the regular season Saturday at Madison West, while Madison Memorial faces last-place Beloit that same night.


Memorial (56)—Enemuoh 1-0-2, Kapinus 6-1-13, Wilson 1-0-3, Brown 6-1-13, Rankins 4-3-11, Wegner 0-2-2, Garcia 4-4-12. Totals: 22-11-56.

Parker (41)—Benway 3-0-8, Shelton 5-0-11, Forrestal 1-0-2, Porter 3-0-6, Graesslin 3-1-8, Hartwig 2-2-6. Totals: 17-3-41.

Madison Memorial 36 20—56

Janesville Parker 24 17—41

3-point goals—Memorial 1 (Wilson), Parker 3 (Benway 2, Shelton). Free throws missed—Memorial 13, Parker 9. Total fouls—Memorial 12, Parker 21.

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