Cougars rout East to stay perfect at home

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John Barry
Friday, January 17, 2014

Janesville Craig’s girls basketball team has turned the Cougar gym into a House of Horrors for opponents.

Craig ran its home record to 9-0 on Thursday night with a 72-35 win over Madison East in a Big Eight Conference blowout.

The Cougars are winning at home this season by an average of 21 points per game, with a seven-point win over a talented Oregon team the only game not decided by double digits.

Craig (9-3, 6-3) jumped all over East early thanks to six 3-point baskets in the first quarter, which led to a 22-5 lead.

“Our last two games against Middleton and Parker, I only played eight kids, so it was nice to get everybody in tonight and get contributions up and down the bench,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “It was important for our starters to come out and set the tone and not let East hang around, and that’s what they did.

“We talked about the intensity and bringing it tonight. Everybody can get up for Parker, but can you get up for a team like East that has struggled a little bit. We did that tonight.”

Everybody got into the act for the Cougars as 11 players scored.

Kamryn Brittingham might have done something Thursday night that has never been done before. The sophomore was the leading scorer in both the sophomore and varsity games. She scored 13 points in two quarters to lead the sophomore team to a win and then played two quarters of the varsity game—finishing with a game-high 17 points.

“I told our sophomore coach Nikki Shucha that if Kamryn and Nikki (Foster) keep playing well for me, you won’t have any players left for your team,” Storbakken said. “But we’re trying to develop players from our sophomore team, and those two have earned playing time on varsity.

“And I like where our team is at right now. Our losses have been close games that came down to the wire, and we’ve played really well at home.”

Craig led 42-9 at half against East and eventually took a 40-point lead, which led to a running clock for the majority of the fourth quarter.

The Cougars play at Madison West on Saturday night.

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