Janesville Parker Vikings pass Lancers’ test
MADISON Janesville Parker girls basketball coach Tom Klawitter looked at Thursday night’s Big Eight Conference finale at Madison La Follette as a baseball spring training game.
His Vikings responded to everything the Lancers threw at them and came home with a 55-45 victory in the regular-season finale.
“This was a good win,” Klawitter said. “It almost felt like a tournament game. It was physical at times, and they had their runs here and there. They actually took the lead late in the third or early in the fourth.
“It was a good test for us. The girls battled.”
The Vikings’ victory resulted in a four-way tie for third in the Big Eight. Parker, La Follette, Janesville Craig and Verona all finished 12-6.
Senior forward Julia Dement led the Vikings in scoring with 15 points. Junior forward Dani Fugate added 14 points.
The Vikings took a 37-34 lead into the fourth quarter, before pulling away.
“I thought we stayed away from playing their game,” Klawitter said of the Lancers’ physical style. “We stayed in control and were mentally tough.”
The Vikings take a 15-7 overall record into their regional game against Southern Lakes Conference champion Lake Geneva Badger (15-7) next Friday night.
“We had a lot of learning experiences this year,” Klawitter said. “If we come across something, I think we’ll be able to draw on the games we’ve had.”
PARKER 55, LA FOLLETTE 45
Parker (55)—McDonald, 0-1-1; Shepler, 1-0-3; Smith, 2-1-5; Fugate, 5-4-14; Dement, 6-3-15; Washington, 1-0-2; Hartwig, 3-2-8; McCulloch, 2-2-7. Totals: 20-13-55.
La Follette (45)—Grahn, 2-6-10; Baltisberger, 6-0-13; Probst, 0-2-2; Gloede, 3-2-10; Miller, 2-0-4; Singh, 2-1-6. Totals: 15-11-45.
Parker 14 11 12 18—55
La Follette 12 9 13 11—45
Three-point goals—Parker (Shepler, McCulloch), La Follette 4 (Baltisberger, Gloede 2, Singh). Free throws missed—Parker 15, La Follette 7. Total fouls—Parker 18, La Follette 26.
Sophomores—Parker 54. La Follette 27. Leading scorer—Kathryn Dubanowich 14.