Janesville Parker’s problems with presses continue in loss
The Vikings just can’t seem to figure out what kind of team they want to be.
When the press is broken, and the offense is run, the Vikings seem to flourish.
But when panic mode sets in, and the Vikings have trouble getting the ball past halfcourt, things get ugly.
Unfortunately for Parker, there was more of the latter and not the former Tuesday night, as visiting Madison La Follette escaped with a 59-53 Big Eight Conference victory.
Parker (9-5, 6-4) took a five-point lead with three minutes left in the third quarter but had no answer for Lancer guard Claire Gloede after that. The senior finished with 16 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, to lead La Follette (9-4, 7-3) to a rare win in the Viking gym.
“It’s very frustrating right now,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “Until we start grabbing the loose balls, start finishing on one end, and realize that we have 10 seconds to break the press and not two, we’re going to continue to struggle at times.
“We did some good things tonight, but we’ve got to get tougher and smarter.”
Parker led early at 6-4, but La Follette closed the first quarter on an 11-2 run to take a seven-point lead. The Vikings chipped away in the second quarter, thanks to nine points from Dani Fugate, to slice the deficit to three at half.
Fugate’s jumper from the wing gave Parker its biggest lead of the night at 37-32 with 3:11 left in the third, but Amelia Grahn answered with a three for La Follette and then tied the game at 37-37 with two free throws with 1:47 left in the third.
Parker took its last lead of the game at 44-42 on Jackie Shepler’s three-pointer with just more than five minutes left, but La Follette answered with a 7-0 run to take command.
“We’ve just got to keep plugging away,” Klawitter said. “And when we do get the opportunity to take over a game, like we did in the third quarter tonight, we have to finish.”
Fugate had 14 points to lead Parker, while Julia Dement, Shepler and Ashley Hartwig added 11 points each.
Parker plays at five-time defending conference champion Middleton on Friday night. The Vikings snapped the Cardinals’ long conference winning streak in the first meeting this season.
LA FOLLETTE 59, PARKER 53
La Follette (59)—Gloede, 4-7-16; Grahn, 5-5-17; Meiller, 3-3-9; Singh, 3-2-8; Burke, 2-0-4; Hodge, 2-0-4; Olson, 0-1-1. Totals: 19-18-59.
Parker (53)—Fugate, 6-1-14; Dement, 3-5-11; Hartwig, 3-5-11; Shepler, 4-0-11; Smith, 0-1-1; Thompson, 0-2-2; Washington, 1-1-3. Totals: 17-15-53.
La Follette 15 15 7 22—59
Janesville Parker 8 19 12 14—53
Three-point goals—La Follette 3 (Grahn 2, Gloede), Parker 4 (Shepler 3, Fugate). Free throws missed—La Follette 6, Parker 8. Total fouls—La Follette 19, Parker 19. Fouled out—Shepler.
Sophomores—Parker 44, La Follette 20.