Parker girls basketball team's season ends with a clank
JANESVILLE Janesville Parker’s girls basketball team picked a bad time to play its worst game of the season.
The Vikings could do little right Thursday night and saw their championship season come to a bitter end.
Jenny Tuttle scored 20 points and Mukwonago’s swarming defense put Parker’s offense in panic mode as the Indians cruised to a 44-30 win in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal game.
Sixth-ranked Mukwonago (23-2) plays Sun Prairie (14-11) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Middleton with a state berth on the line.
The Big Eight champion Vikings finished 21-4.
Parker led briefly, 4-1, but it was all Mukwonago after that.
The Vikings, who lived and died by the 3-point shot all season, suffered a slow demise against the Indians. Parker was just 2-for-25 from beyond the arc, including missing all eight attempts in the second quarter.
“I’m a little shocked at how poorly we shot tonight,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “Being at home and everything, I thought we’d shoot better than that.
“It was just not a great night for Parker basketball. We’re better shooters than that, but tonight it was contagious. And not in a good way.”
Many of the Vikings’ offensive problems were a result of the Indians’ length and athleticism. Mukwonago held Parker to 14 points in the first half, including four in a miserable second quarter for the Vikings. Parker was 1-for-17 shooting in the second quarter and only 5-for-28 for the first half.
“I told the girls afterward that that was the best defensive effort we’ve had all year,” Mukwonago coach Todd Frohwirth said. “We’re in great condition, and they buy into the full-court jump-and-run stuff.
“Our defense started tonight for us with Amber Gray in the middle. She was able to guard No. 40 (Ashley Hartwig) one-on-one, and that allowed us to stay out and guard the perimeter.”
As badly as Parker played offensively the first half, the Vikings only trailed by four. Parker was down 25-20 with 3:47 left in the third, but Mukwonago shot the lead back to 11 with a 6-0 run.
Parker trailed by nine after three quarters and got no closer in the fourth.
Senior Dani Fugate and sophomore Morgan McCulloch led the Vikings with seven points each. Hartwig, the team’s top scorer, was held to one basket and finished with five points.
MUKWONAGO 44, PARKER 30
Mukwonago (44)—Tuttle, 4-10-20; Vukovich, 1-0-2; Cera, 3-0-8; McKeever, 2-2-6; Schallock, 0-1-1; Gray, 1-0-2; Michalski, 1-0-2; Landry, 1-0-3. Totals: 13-13-44.
Parker (30)—Smith, 2-2-6; Fugate, 2-3-7; Hartwig, 1-3-5; McCulloch, 3-0-7; Dubanowich, 1-0-2; Thompson, 1-0-3. Totals: 10-8-30.
Mukwonago 13 5 13 13—44
Janesville Parker 10 4 8 8—30
Three-point goals—Mukwonago 5 (Tuttle 2, Cera 2, Landry), Parker 2 (Thompson, McCulloch). Free throws missed—Mukwonago 10, Parker 2. Total fouls—Mukwonago 13, Parker 19. Fouled out—Hartwig.