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Vikings upend Cards in Rock Valley clash
Brodhead senior Jacob Cole contorts his body before scooping in an improbable shot in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals 66-54 loss Monday at Parkview.
ORFORDVILLE - The Cardinals' lone senior was not about to go away quietly in Brodhead's 66-54 loss on the road at Parkview Monday night.

Jacob Cole scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the final quarter of the Rock Valley South clash. It was too little, too late for the Cardinals (8-6, 5-4), as the Vikings (12-3, 8-1 Rock Valley South) shot the lights out in the first half and built two 24-point leads en route to their ninth-straight victory.

"Credit to them, we were down 24, 40, whatever we were down," Brodhead coach Brian Kammerer said. "They didn't give up, and that's all I can ask."

Cole hit two 3s and all four of his free-throw attempts in the last seven minutes. He hacked the Vikes' lead down to 60-50 with 2:21 to play when Alex Wallace passed out of a double team at the top of the key to the left wing. Jay Naatz overplayed the pass that snuck through to Cole, who hit the wide-open trey. Just inside the final minute, he contorted his body to hit an acrobatic, scooping layup with his back to Kyle Woodworth and the basket to cut the lead to single digits at 63-54 with 47 seconds left.

Parkview coach Paul Saevre was less than surprised by the late surge, given the schools' proximity.

"They play against each other in the summer, they know each other; a lot of them play AAU together," Saevre said. "It's a rivalry, but it's a friendly rivalry. That adds to it a little bit. That's why you saw Brodhead come back like that."

Parkview hit six 3s in the first half and led 34-18 at the break.

"It makes your coaching look really good when they hit shots, and we've come out like that the last four or five games in a row," Saevre said. "When you hit shots early, your defense always picks up from there."

"Parkview did a phenomenal job of shooting the ball in the first half, and we kind of got into the running game and the uptempo style is not really ours," Kammerer said.

All the bounces were officially going the Vikes' way when junior T.J. Kaiser hit the first of his three second-quarter 3s from the left wing, capping a 13-1 run. The ball went halfway down before popping out, banking off the backboard and back in, giving Parkview a 21-8 lead with 6:47 left in the half.

The Vikings closed the half with a 10-1 run. Mike Jess hit a 3 from the right wing before Brodhead's leading scorer, J.J. Panoske, missed a wide-open layup at the left block. Kyser splashed a bomb from the right corner just seconds later, giving the Vikes a quick five-point swing and a 32-17 lead with 2:21 left in the half.

Senior guard Nick Melton led all scorers with 25 points and triggered the play that gave Parkview its biggest lead at 42-18 with 5:21 left in the third. He threw a full-court pass to Kyle Woodworth, who leapt to catch the ball under the hoop before kicking it to the left corner, still mid-jump. Jay Naatz took the kick and buried the triple.

Brodhead junior J.J. Panoske pitched in with 17 points, but no other Cardinal scored more than four.

The loss snapped Brodhead's three-game winning streak. They'll look to get back on track in Edgerton Thursday night.