Six-foot senior scores 30 points to help hand Janesville Parker its first loss
Nafeshia Holifield proved worthy of being called the best player in the state.
The Vincent senior scored 30 points to lead her team to a 67-53 nonconference win over second-ranked Janesville Parker.
Parker (4-1) started strong, opening up an early 10-2 lead, but Holifield took over from there. The 6-footer killed the Vikings with a dazzling display of post moves that had Parker coach Tom Klawitter shaking his head afterward.
“No. 42 (Holifield) had her way, and we couldn’t do anything to stop her,” Klawitter said. “I hope we don’t see anybody as good as her later on.
“But we have to understand who is hurting us and who we’ve got to go help with.”
Trailing by eight early, Vincent (3-0) went on a 16-6 run to take an 18-16 lead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter. Parker responded with a 5-0 run to end the quarter, capped off by Ashley Hartwig’s three-pointer from well beyond the arc as time expired.
The lead see-sawed back and forth to start the second before Vincent took the lead for good at 27-26 on Holifield’s turnaround jumper with 4:54 left in the half. Holifield had 21 points in the first half as Vincent eventually led 38-31 at the break.
Turnovers led to Parker’s downfall, along with an inability to block out on the boards. Parker had eight turnovers in the second quarter when Vincent took control and finished with 22 for the game. Vincent outrebounded Parker by more than a 2-to-1 margin and got numerous baskets on putbacks.
“I thought we’d be a little more relaxed than we were,” Klawitter said. “But we got in too big of a hurry after the good start. And after that, offensive rebounds were the difference in the game.
“But I still give us a pretty good grade on this game. We can do better, and that’s the nice thing about that, we’ve got a lot of season left to do that.”
Parker trailed by 12 after three quarters but went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth to cut the lead to six. Vincent responded with a 12-3 run behind seven points from Holifield to put the game away.
Hartwig led the Vikings with 16 points, but was the only player in double figures. Parker made nine three-point baskets, including six in the first quarter, but managed only two field goals in the second half.
Parker plays at Madison East in a Big Eight Conference game Friday night.
VINCENT 67, PARKER 53
Vincent (67)—Howard, 7-1-16; McGee, 4-2-11; Sykes, 4-0-8; Luckett, 1-0-2; Holifield, 12-6-30. Totals: 28-9-67.
Parker (53)—Schumacher, 2-0-6; Fugate, 2-2-7; Dement, 1-3-6; Hartwig, 3-9-16; McCulloch, 2-0-6; McDonald, 2-3-9; Chesebro, 0-1-1; Shepler, 0-2-2. Totals: 12-20-53.
Milwaukee Vincent 18 20 13 16—67
Janesville Parker 22 9 8 14—53
Three-point goals—Vincent 2 (Howard, McGee), Parker 9 (Schumacher 2, McDonald 2, McCulloch 2, Dement, Hartwig, Fugate). Free throws missed—Vincent 8, Parker 7. Total fouls—Vincent 23, Parker 18. Fouled out—McGee, Luckett, Hartwig.
Sophomores—Parker 72, Vincent 11.