East smacks Parker girls
Most teams fear Janesville Parker’s vaunted full-court press, but most don’t have a point guard like Makailah Dyer running the offense. Galuska and her East High squad benefited from Dyer’s talents Friday night as the Purgolders (2-0) upended Parker, 49-36, in a Big Eight Conference opener.
Dyer, a University of Wisconsin recruit, had only 12 points after misfiring on her first five shots, but the junior broke through the Vikings’ defense to set up her teammates as East pulled away in the second half to defeat Parker (1-1) for the first time since 1990.
“We wanted to help on Dyer, but we can’t just leave,” Parker coach Tom Klawitter said. “There’s a big difference between helping defense and leaving defense. We gave them too many easy opportunities, and we got beat by one player tonight, I thought.”
Alysha Justice and Nyakour Deang benefited from Dyer’s penetration by scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively, with most of their shots coming from the lane. Justice, a freshman, made seven her eight shots to lead the Purgolders before fouling out.
“She took over the game in that third quarter, with handling the ball, pulling it back and then being able to attack,” Galuska said of Dyer. “She sees the court so well.”
Parker strained to keep up and wilted in the second half as the East lead grew to 49-28. The Vikings struggled to score all night, making just 13 field goals in 45 attempts and eight of 21 free throws.
Ashley Hartwig had seven of her team-high 14 points in the first quarter as Parker jumped out to a 10-6 lead, but the Vikings could not hold it after making just two of its 12 shots in the second quarter.
Danielle Flood added 12 points in the losing cause.
“We had opportunities,” Klawitter said. “We’ve got to be able to make some of those putbacks, and we weren’t doing it. Then they got rolling.”
Flood got Parker within 25-24 two minutes into the second half, but East re-grouped with a 10-0 run to close out the quarter. Sara Hudkins started the run with a free throw, but Justice made fast-break lay-up after a backcourt steal, and Dyer made nifty inside pass to Jackson, whose lay-up pushed the lead to 34-24.
The East lead grew to 38-24 before Flood ended the 13-0 run with a three-pointer. Dyer then answered with two free throws, which started another 11-1 run for East to finish off the Vikings.
“We panicked a little bit when we got behind,” Klawitter said. “We just didn’t play very well tonight.”
EAST 49, PARKER 36
Parker (36)—Hartwig, 5-4-14; Larson, 1-0-2; Flood, 4-3-12; S. Shepler, 1-0-2; Gorman, 0-1-1; J. Shepler, 1-0-2; Chesebro, 1-0-3. Totals: 13-8-36.
East (49)— Deang, 4-2-12; Dyer, 3-6-12; Hudkins, 0-1-1; Jackson, 4-0-8; Bading. 1-0-2; Justice, 7-0-14. Totals: 19-9-49.
Janesville Parker 12 6 6 12—36
Madison East 13 10 13 13—49
Three-point goals—Parker 2 (Flood, Chesebro), East 2 (Deang 2). Free throws missed—Parker 13, East 4. Total fouls—Parker 17, East 22. Fouled out—Bading, Justice, Flood.
Sophomores—Parker 50, East 20. Parker leading scorers—Anna Athmann, 14; Kayla Light, 11.