Girls basketball team routs Parker

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Charlotte Dunn and Middleton’s girls basketball team cruised past Janesville Parker Tuesday night./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Size matters.

And for Middleton’s girls’ basketball team, size wins basketball games.

The Cardinals used their size advantage to spark a 24-0 run in the first half, then cruised to a 58-23 win over visiting Janesville Parker Tuesday.

Middleton won its fourth straight game and improved to 12-5 overall and 11-2 in the Big Eight Conference to remain in second place behind league-leading Sun Prairie (13-1, 15-3).

Parker fell to 2-16 overall and 2-12 in the Big Eight.

“We were a little bit sloppy and we’ve been off for over a week, (so) you can expect a little bit of rustiness,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “But we played pretty good defense in the first half and managed to get a decent lead. We were able to rest some people in the second half which was nice because we have a tough stretch coming up here.”

The win over Parker starts a stretch of six games in 11 days for the Cardinals to finish the regular season.

“We finish up with (Madison) La Follette at home, but (before that) it’s a four game road trip in about eight days,” quipped Kind. “We’ll know what the NBA feels like.”

Senior Hannah Flottmeyer agreed with her coach.

“It was nice to get to see everyone have a chance to score tonight and some starters get some rest,” Flottmeyer said. “We have a tough stretch with a lot of games coming up. We have to face (Madison) East tomorrow (Feb. 6) and Sun Prairie again, so we want to be fresh and ready for playoffs.”

Flottmeyer led all scorers in the game, finishing with 10 points. Eleven different players scored for Middleton, while 14 Cardinals attempted shots.

Flottmeyer played a pivotal role at the start of the game, scoring six straight points to give Middleton an early 8-2 lead. Her presence down low set the tone for the remainder of the game as Middleton was able to use its size advantage over the much smaller Vikings, who have been without 6-foot-2, UW-Green Bay recruit Julia Hartwig all season due to a shoulder injury.

Middleton’s run eventually grew to 24-0 run as the Cardinals stretched their lead to 26-2 and Parker went exactly 10 minutes between scores.

“We have a very tall lineup,” laughed Flottmeyer, as fellow frontcourt-mates Karina Bursac and Sitori Tanin finished with eight and seven points, respectively. 

Kind agreed.

“(Parker) had some match-up problems with us, with our size,” Kind said. “We were looking to see if we could get the ball inside to our post players a little bit more.”

Middleton went 3-for-14 (21.4%) on three-pointers during the game, but 22-for-44 (50%) on two-point shots, the majority coming in the paint. Overall, Middleton shot 25-for-56 (44.6%). 

Parker’s offense was a polar opposite, as the Vikings were unable to find success in the paint and had to live behind the three-point line due to Middleton’s size. Parker went 3-for-26 (11.5%) on three-pointers, and shot 9-for-44 (20.4%) overall.

Brooke Graesslin led Parker with eight points and the Vikings had just four players score and only attempted four free throws as a team.

“We’ve been working hard at playing defense,” Kind said. “With our size coming out, if we get our hands up, it changes their shot a little bit and makes them rush a little bit. I was, for the most part, pleased with our defensive effort.”

Middleton went into halftime with a comfortable 34-8 lead, forcing Parker into 13 first half turnovers. Parker finished with 23 turnovers.

The second half was much of the same, as the Cardinals went on a 19-3 run to open the half and take a 53-11 lead, their largest of the game. Kind emptied his bench and let his reserves get some important minutes as Middleton was well on its way to victory.

“When we start clicking as a team, it clicks,” Flottmeyer said. “When we’re clicking we really start to score and keep our turnovers down. We play good basketball when we get in a flow like we did tonight. That’s how we’re going to win games.”

After not having a game for 11 days, Kind was happy the Cardinals were able to shake off some rust and come away with a win.

“We got out of tonight without anybody getting hurt and we got to rest some people,” Kind said. “We’ve got a lot of season left, about a quarter of our season in the last two weeks. We just want to try and keep playing better and better as we go down the stretch here.”

• On deck: Middleton traveled to Madison East on Wednesday, travels to Janesville Craig on Friday at 7:15 p.m., then travels to Beloit Memorial Feb. 11 at 7:15 p.m.


Feb. 5

Janesville Parker ……. 8  15 — 23

Middleton ………….... 34  24 — 58

Middleton — Schwartz 1 0-0 2, Lemirande 1 0-0 2, Hodson 2 0-0 5, Tanin 3 0-1 7, Roquet 3 1-2 7, Coleman 2 1-2 5, Bursac 4 0-0 8, Dunn 1 4-7 6, Accola 2 0-0 4, Flottmeyer 5 0-0 10, Abozeid 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 6-12 58.

Parker — Rosga 2 0-0 5, Porter 2 1-2 5, Demrow 2 1-2 5, Graesslin 3 0-0 8. Totals 9 2-4 23.

Three-point goals — MID- 3 (Hodson, Tanin, Abozeid). JP — 3 (Graesslin 2, Rosga). Total fouls — MID — 9, JP — 9.







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