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JANESVILLE

Ryan Tyrrell knew there would be growing pains in his first season as Janesville Parker’s girls basketball coach.

The Vikings have 12 players in the entire program, their best player is out for the year with a knee injury and several players on the roster have little to zero background playing basketball.

Wednesday night, those growing pains surfaced in a big way. Verona hit the century mark in a 106-11 Big Eight Conference win.

Parker (1-5, 1-3), which was without leading scorer Addison Miller, trailed by 52 points at half.

“I told the team afterward to never forget what this feeling is like and don’t let anyone ever make you feel like this way again,” Tyrrell said. “Find some resiliency, come to practice tomorrow focused and be aggressive in your approach. No one’s going to feel sorry for you.

“We’ll definitely learn from this. The bottom line is that we’ve just got to be better, and I think we will.”

Parker plays host to crosstown rival Janesville Craig at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

VERONA 106, PARKER 11Verona (106)—Stremlow 18; Nielsen 15; Murphy 15; Briggs 13; Lambe 10; Burns 10; Rupnow 9; Merlet 4; Ellis 9; Gorzalski 4.

Parker (11)—Ayers 7; Simmons 2; Ahrens-Eggers 2.

Halftime—Verona 58, Parker 6. 3-point goals—Verona 2, Parker 1. Free throws missed—Verona 9, Parker 2. Total fouls—Verona 9, Parker 13.

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