Middleton girls defeat Craig
Unfortunately for Janesville Craig, Kind and his Cardinals didn’t make a lot of mistakes. Middleton High ran away from the Cougars with 12 three-pointer goals to post an impressive 81-43 win in a Big Eight girls basketball opener Friday night.
“Everything looks good when you shoot the ball like that,” Kind said of his Cardinals (3-0). “But I like the way we got up and down the floor, the way we put pressure on them, and I think that intensity will tire a lot of teams out.”
Craig (0-2) appeared to be worn out after a 23-9 first quarter. JoLynn Owen had 12 of her game-high 17 points for Middleton in the quarter, while Craig made just two of its first 11 shots and committed five turnovers.
The Cougars had 11 first half turnovers and finished with 24 against the Cardinals’ full-court press. Middleton, ranked third in the coaches’ poll, had only one turnover in the first half and made seven three-pointers for comfortable 44-25 lead.
“We gave them a lot of wide-open looks,” Craig coach Mark Marsden said. “We were standing around on defense, not closing out, not rebounding and had too many turnovers.
“We played four different defenses, and there was nothing we could do to close out their shooters.”
Much like a hockey team, Middleton came after Craig with fresh lines all night, as all 15 players say extensive action and frustrated the Cougars. Six players registered three-pointers for the Cardinals, who made 28 of their 55 shots for 51 percent.
Emily Newman made three three-pointers, and Danielle Beckwith had two as each added 11 points for Middleton.
Whitney Storbakken and Anne Morgan led the Cougars, as each had eight points.
As a sign of things to come for the Cougars, Lauren Gunderson banked in Middleton’s first three-pointer of the night. That gave the Cardinals a 9-1 lead, and they never looked back.
“They are loaded with 15 good players, and we aren’t,” Marsden said.
MIDDLETON 81, CRAIG 43
Craig (43)—McQueen 0-2-2; Benson, 0-2-2; Sanchez, 1-0-2; Storbakken, 2-2-8; Straw, 1-3-6; Hilden, 3-1-7; Morgan, 4-0-8; Roth, 2-0-4; Smith, 0-2-2; Gohlke, 0-2-2. Totals 13-14-43.
Middleton (81)—Kessenich, 3-0-9; Simon, 0-2-2; Owen, 7-3-17; Gunderson, 3-0-8; Larson 2-1-5; K. Beckwith, 1-0-3; Newman, 4-0-11; Anderew 0-1-1; D. Beckwith 4-1-11; Acker, 0-2-2; Rongstad, 1-0-3; Bond, 3-0-6; Klein, 0-3-3. Totals: 28-13-81.
Janesville Craig 9 16 7 11—43
Middleton 23 21 22 15—81