Craig boys cruise past Sun Prairie
Cooper Cullen scored 19 points, and Lucas Burns added 15 as Craig High coasted past visiting Sun Prairie, 61-40, in a Big Eight Conference game.
Craig (5-2, 4-2) had an 18-6 lead after the first quarter and continued to pour it on in the second.
Cullen, in his second game back after serving a five-game athletic code violation, scored 15 points in the first half. The 6-foot-6 senior’s presence makes the Cougars much more balanced offensively, with opponents unable to key on simply stopping Burns.
“With Cooper back, it’s kind of like pick your poison with us,” Craig coach Bob Suter said. “When we run our offense right and reverse the ball, we’ve got (Charlie) Roherty and (Joe) Kennedy that can knock down the outside shot, or Lucas and JoJo (Pregont) who can work the high low.
“Now you add in Cooper, and that gives us another option with his ability to shoot from the outside or slash to the basket.”
Sun Prairie (2-5, 1-4) trailed 4-2 before Craig hit the Cardinals with a 14-1 run to push the lead to 18-3. The Cardinals got no closer than seven in second quarter and trailed by as many as 23 in the second half.
Despite the lopsided victory, Suter found plenty to complain about in a cold-shooting and inconsistent second half. The Cougars had only five field goals in the second half and were 1-for-9 from the field to start both the third and fourth quarter.
“The first half, I really liked how we came out and got after them right away,” Suter said. “The second half, we came out with a couple of careless passes, some forced shots and just some real sloppy play at times.
“You can get away with the little mistakes in a game like this, but in a big game, those things will come back to haunt you. Those are things we need to work on over the break.”
Craig led by 19 at half, and neither team did much offensively the second half. The Cardinals didn’t have a player score more than six points for the game and were 5-for-22 from the field in the final two quarters.
Pregont had eight points in a dominating first quarter, and the 6-6 junior finished with 12 as the Cougars had three players in double figures.
The Cougars head into the holiday break from conference play on a three-game winning streak and at full strength. Suter is excited about the second half of the season.
“We’re making progress and getting better,” Suter said. “We’ve got Baraboo and Adams-Friendship coming up over the break, and we’ve got some things to work on before that.
“As long as we keep working hard in practice and carry that over into every game, we’ll be alright.”
CRAIG 61, SUN PRAIRIE 40
Sun Prairie (40)—Wright, 0-1-1; Kellum, 1-1-3; Handel, 1-0-3; Porter, 1-0-2; Marshall, 0-1-1; McIlquham, 1-2-4; Cobb, 2-0-6; Rhode, 1-2-4; Boos, 2-0-5; Munz, 2-1-6; Sowe, 0-1-1; Waldon, 1-0-2; Buedding, 0-1-1; Enstad, 0-1-1. Totals: 12-11-40.
Craig (61)—Roherty, 2-0-6; Cullen, 8-2-19; Pregont, 4-4-12; Burns, 5-5-15; Clanfield, 0-3-3; Goike, 1-0-2; Kuehne, 1-0-3; Uschan, 0-1-1. Totals: 21-15-61.
Sun Prairie 6 13 10 11—40
Janesville Craig 18 20 11 12—61
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 5 (Cobb 2, Porter, Boos, Munz), Craig 4 (Roherty 2, Cullen, Kuehne). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 10, Craig 4. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 14, Craig 16.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie 76, Craig 67. Craig record: 1-5 in Big Eight, 1-6 overall. Craig scoring leaders: Alex Lowe, 14; Cody Dare, 13; Tom McCulloch, 10; Brett Bates, 10.