Craig girls win at stripe; Parker falls on road
JANESVILLE--Janesville Craig’s girls basketball team won a free-throw-shooting contest Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars made 19 free throws, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in pulling away for a 46-35 Big Eight Conference win over Madison Memorial.
Craig (5-2, 4-2) struggled at times, especially on the boards, but it was rock solid from the line when Memorial (2-5, 2-4) was forced to foul in the fourth.
“For whatever reason, we lacked a little intensity at times, and that caused some turnovers on our part and some quick shots,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “But we got the win and we’re 5-2, with both losses basically coming down to one possession.
“And we’re young and still growing. Right now, we’re still trying to find the right combination that’s going to help us be successful.”
Craig led by four at half but stretched the margin to 10 by the end of the third quarter. Senior Alli Calkins, who had a game-high 17 points, had seven in the third for Craig. The Cougars went on a 5-0 run to end the quarter and led 33-23.
Memorial kept the game close in the first half by dominating the boards on the offensive end. The Spartans, however, went cold in the third—misfiring on 14 of 15 shots from the field.
Craig saw Memorial cut the lead to five in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Maria Ortega-Flowers with 5:30 to play, but the Cougars responded with two Calkins free throws and a basket off a nifty move in the paint by sophomore guard Delaney Schoenenberger to make it 38-30 with 4:30 left.
Junior guard Al Hughes then put the Spartans away by making six of seven free throws down the stretch. Hughes finished with 13 points.
“We’ve made our free throws all year. That hasn’t been a problem,” Storbakken said. “The problem today was that we had a tendency to rush things. And a lot of that could be because of our youth. We start two sophomores and bring a freshman off the bench right away.”
Craig hosts its annual tournament next Friday and Saturday. The Cougars play unbeaten Mequon Homestead in Friday night’s second game at 7:45 p.m., while Oregon and Merrill play in the first game at 6 p.m.
CRAIG 46, MEMORIAL 35
Memorial (35)—Lemkull, 0-1-1; Ortega-Flowers, 2-0-6; Stroud, 4-4-12; Keita, 3-2-10; Helle, 3-0-6. Totals: 12-7-35.
Craig (46)—Schumacher, 1-0-2; Hughes, 1-11-13; Slatter, 1-3-5; Calkins, 7-2-17; Schoenenberger, 3-2-8; Pierson, 0-1-1. Totals: 13-19-46.
Madison Memorial 7 10 6 12—35
Janesville Craig 10 11 12 13—46
Three-point goals—Memorial 4 (Ortega-Flowers 2, Kieta 2), Craig 1 (Calkins). Free throws missed—Memorial 9, Craig 6. Total fouls—Memorial 18, Craig 12. Fouled out—Helle.
•VERONA 56, PARKER 28:Verona jumped all over Janesville Parker in the battle for second place in the Big Eight Conference on Saturday.
The Wildcats outscored the Vikings 18-2 in the first quarter and cruised to a 56-28 home girls basketball victory.
Four players scored in double figures for Verona, led by Grace Mueller and Kara Opsal with 12 points apiece. Vikings junior Paige Smith led all scorers with 15.
Parker (4-3 overall, 4-2 Big Eight) is back in action at the JustAgame holiday tournament beginning Thursday at 4 p.m. against Oconomowoc at the JustAgame Field House in Wisconsin Dells.
VERONA 56, PARKER 28
Parker (28)—Randles, 1-0-3; Porter, 0-3-3; Smith, 6-3-15; K. Foster, 0-1-1; Thompson, 2-0-6. Totals: 9-7-28.
Verona (56)—Nettles-Bey, 2-2-6; LaCroix, 2-0-4; Richardson, 4-2-10; Mueller, 4-4-12; Campbell, 5-1-11; Opsal, 6-0-12;Schraufnagel, 0-1-1. Totals: 23-10-56.
Janesville Parker 2 6 6 14—28
Verona 18 10 18 10—56
Three-point goals—Parker 3 (Randles, Thompson 2), Verona 0. Free throws missed—Parker 2, Verona 7. Total fouls—Parker 19, Verona 13.