Milton nearly perfect
In fact, he could have just kicked back with a cold beverage and watched his Red Hawks play a near-perfect game.
Milton shot 80 percent in the first half and 67 percent overall as it thumped Janesville Parker, 59-40, in a nonconference game.
Brandon Ross and Philip McCarthy each had 14 points, while Riley Kovars added 13 to lead Milton (7-9) to a satisfying victory over the Vikings
“We haven’t shot this well all year. I don’t know what got into us,” Groelle said. “I hope we can keep that rolling from here.”
Meanwhile, things weren’t so tranquil on the Parker side of the court after the Vikings struggled to keep pace with the visiting Red Hawks.
“I don’t know if it was just a hangover from the Craig game or what, but for some reason, it was definitely not our night,” Parker coach Ryan Masterson said. “It’s discouraging, to say the least, at this point you where you hope to be making a run down the stretch of the season.”
It was hard for Parker not to be discouraged after the Red Hawks shot 90 percent in the first quarter and led 20-8 after eight minutes.
Austin Lloyd tried to ignite a Parker response with a nifty bank shot in the lane to cut the deficit to 27-17 with 3:40 left in the half.
Milton, however, answered with five straight points to lead 32-17 at the intermission.
“We’re not used to getting that open of shots, and so I think that made a big difference,” Groelle said. “And a little bit of luck with the ball bouncing our way helped as well.”
The Vikings made one final run to get back into the game. A Creed Knutson layup, coupled with Long’s two straight jumpers, helped Parker pull within 43-34 with 7:30 to play.
Knutson paced the Vikings with 13 points.
But it wasn’t nearly enough to slow down the Red Hawks, who came right back with a
9-2 spurt to blow the game open at 52-36 with 4:12 left. Parker never drew closer than 16 the rest of the way.
“I think we’re a little bit fragile, confidence-wise at this point in the year,” Masterson said. “I still believe in these kids, and I think we have some ability, and we have shown that we can put together some good games. So we’ll just have to dig deep and come together and right the ship.”
MILTON 59, PARKER 40
Milton (59) – Ross, 5-1-14; Kovars, 4-4-13; McCann, 1-3-5; McCarthy, 5-4-14; Bolden, 2-0-4; Ganz, 2-0-4; Goodman, 1-3-5. Totals: 20-15-59.
Parker (40) – Somerville, 1-3-5; Long, 2-0-4; Albeck, 2-1-5; Knutson, 4-5-13; Lloyd, 1-0-2; D. Thompson, 0-2-2; Bohler, 1-0-2; Hyde, 1-1-4; Grafft, 1-0-2. Totals: 12-12-40.
Milton 20 12 11 16—59
Janesville Parker 8 9 15 8—40
Three point goals – Milton 4 (Ross 3, Kovars), Parker 2 (Somerville, Hyde). Free throws missed – Milton 14, Parker 12. Total fouls – 19, Parker 24. Fouled out – McCann, Albeck, Lloyd.