Craig girls match program mark with 18th win
Going undefeated in February is certainly the way to enter March Madness.
That's the way the Janesville Craig girls basketball team will begin tournament play after completing a 7-0 February with a 77-47 manhandling of host Madison East on Thursday night.
The Cougars won their eighth straight game and enter regional play with an 18-4 overall record and finished 14-4 in the Big Eight. The 18 victories tied a school record for regular-season victories.
Six players scored in double figures for the Cougars.
“We scored 77 points and our top scorer had 15,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “We're spreading the ball around.”
The Cougars dominated the Purgolders (3-18, 2-16) from the start, building a 22-6 lead in the first quarter.
“We jumped on them early,” Storbakken said. “That's what we've been talking about; not allowing teams to stay in games. The kids came out with a lot of intensity and set the tone.”
Al Hughes led the Cougars with 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Sam Pierson and Alli Calkins each had 12 points, Delaney Schoenenberger had 11 and Annie Schumacher had 10.
Schoenenberger and Schumacher are sophomores. Calkins is the only senior on the roster.
“We started three sophomores and then went sophomore, sophomore (in the rotation),” Storbakken said. “It's like, 'is this a JV or varsity game?'”
The Cougars open regional play next Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against the winner of the Muskego/Kenosha Indian Trail game.
“They are all good friends,” Storbakken said of his team. “They have great team chemistry and you can see it on the floor. They're playing with a lot of confidence.”