Parkview gains share
Just imagine her stress level in a close game.
Parkview outscored the host Cardinals 32-17 in the middle quarters and cruised to a decisive 60-47 win over host Brodhead in a Rock Valley South showdown.
Jenna Larsen led the Vikings with 21 points, while Stephanie Aasen added 17 to help Parkview (17-2, 13-2) clinch a co-championship
The Vikings can capture the outright Rock Valley South title with a victory over winless Palmyra-Eagle next week or a Brodhead (12-8, 11-3) loss to Clinton or Walworth Big Foot.
Crucial victory aside, Aasen still wasn’t in a celebratory mood.
“Down the stretch, I’m not going to lie, I got a little nervous,” coach Aasen said. “Kudos to them (the Cardinals). They did a nice job in the fourth, and we just didn’t make our free throws.
“But it is what it is. We won, and I’ll take it no matter how we did it.”
Caoch Aasen’s worries started with the Cardinals methodically trimming a 20-point deficit in half in the fourth quarter.
Brodhead took advantage of the Vikings’ nine missed free throws and sliced the lead to 54-42 with a minute to play.
The Cardinals, however, could only trim three more points off the deficit before falling to their arch-rivals.
“When I first took the job, I first told the kids that we will never quit,” first-year Brodhead coach Brad Pickett said. “They bought into that tremendously.”
The Vikings didn’t buy into their man-to-man defense in the first quarter. Cardinal center Dana Lewis scored seven of her team-high 21 during that stretch to keep Brodhead in contention at 12-10.
But Lewis didn’t score in the second quarter after Aasen deployed a zone defense that held the Cardinals to just five total points en route to the Vikings’ 23-15 halftime lead.
“We went man-to-man to start the game, and we were hoping to get a little more guard pressure so that they couldn’t get the ball into Dana (Lewis),” Aasen said. “But their guards are quick, and we had our guards got out of position, and Dana got some easy shots. So we went to the zone, and it worked out for us.”
The active zone combined with Larsen’s 12 third-quarter points helped the Vikings take control of the game, 44-27 after three quarters. The Vikings’ lead grew to 20 early in the fourth before the Cardinals made a final run.
But it was too little too late for the Cardinals.
PARKVIEW 60, BRODHEAD 47
Parkview (60)—Harnack, 1-2-4; Neal, 2-0-4; Larsen, 7-6-21; Aasen, 4-9-17; Ryan, 2-1-5; Wellnitz, 3-0-6. Totals: 20-18-60.
Brodhead (47)—Heller, 2-0-6; Johnson, 2-7-9; Pickel, 1-0-2; Mohns, 0-2-2; Douglas, 2-2-7; Lewis, 8-5-21. Totals: 15-14-47.
Parkview 12 11 21 16—60
Brodhead 10 5 12 20—47
Three-point goals—Parkview 1 (Larsen), Brodhead 3 (Heller 2, Douglas). Free throws missed—Parkview 13, Brodhead 12. Total fouls—Parkview 19, Brodhead 23. Fouled out—Heller, Mohns.