Parker rips Beloit in girls regional final
Tom Klawitter reached a milestone Saturday afternoon.
The Janesville Parker girls basketball coach picked up win No. 500 in his illustrious career as the Vikings pulled away in the second half for a 60-41 victory over Beloit Memorial in WIAA Division 1 regional championship game.
Parker High (16-7) plays crosstown rival Janesville Craig (19-4) in a sectional semifinal game Thursday night. The game is tentatively scheduled for 8 p.m. at Burlington, but that site may be changed Monday, possibly to Beloit Memorial.
The Vikings trailed early in the second quarter, but behind a spark from Dani Fugate to end the half, surged ahead 23-16 by the break. An 8-0 run late in the third quarter pushed the lead to double digits as Beloit (9-14), at times, had no answer for Parker’s press.
Klawitter was reflective upon reaching 500 wins, but was more concerned with what lies ahead for his young team in round three against the Cougars.
“It’s very cool,” Klawitter said of 500 wins. “I guess more than anything, I was lucky enough to keep the passion for this long, and to be surrounded by a lot of great players and coaches.
“But that’s something I’ll think about down the road. Right now, I’m more concerned with getting this team ready for Craig. Obviously, there is a lot riding on that game.”
Parker used a balanced attack to beat Beloit for the third time this season. Senior Danielle Flood led the Vikings with 17 points, while Julia Dement added 12 and Ashley Hartwig had 10. Fugate finished with nine, including five straight points as part of Parker’s 8-0 run to end the first half.
The Vikings were only 5-for-32 shooting the first half, including 0-11 from behind the arc, but limited the Purple Knights to only three first-half field goals.
Whistles were abundant throughout as the teams went to the foul line 57 times, including Parker’s 23-for-30 performance.
“I’ve always said I’d rather have a game called that way than a slugfest,” Klawitter said of the 43 personal fouls called.
“We kind of picked and chose when we pressed them, and when they made substitutions and we went to the press, that’s when it was most effective.”
The Vikings blew the game open with an 11-3 run to start the fourth.
Parker and Craig split during the season with each team winning on its home court. With a neutral site for the sectional game, Klawitter believes the pressure is on the higher-seeded Cougars.
“When all is said and done, I think they are the ones that are going to have to come out and really perform,” Klawitter said of the Cougars. “We have just got to come out, clear our heads and play.”
PARKER 60, BELOIT 41
Beloit (41)—Hai. Lawver, 0-1-1; Gill, 5-6-16; Marzette, 1-2-5; Heldt, 3-6-12; Larson-Osborne, 0-1-1; Rufer, 0-2-2; Gauvin, 1-0-2; Wiggington, 0-2-2. Totals: 10-20-41.
Parker (60)—Larson, 1-1-3; Flood, 5-6-17; Fugate, 2-5-9; Dement, 2-8-12; Hartwig, 4-2-10; Schumacher, 1-1-4; Washington, 1-0-2; Gorman, 1-0-3. Totals: 17-23-60.
Beloit Memorial 4 12 8 17—41
Janesville Parker 10 13 13 24—60
Three-point goals—Beloit 1 (Marzette), Parker 3 (Flood, Schumacher, Gorman). Free throws missed—Beloit 7, Parker 7. Total fouls—Beloit 21, Parker 22. Fouled out—Hai. Lawver.