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Craig rolls past Baraboo

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Gazette staff
December 22, 2007
— Janesville Craig High School’s boys basketball team had a second-half answer Saturday for Baraboo’s sharpshooters.

The Cougars broke through the Thunderbirds’ zone defense for a 40-26 advantage in the final two quarters and withstood Baraboo’s eight three-point goals to notch a 68-55 nonconference victory.


In avenging last year’s 42-39 overtime loss to the Thunderbirds (4-4), Craig boosted its record to 6-2.


“I was happy with the way we responded in the second half,’’ said Craig coach Bob Suter, whose team trailed 29-28 at halftime. “All in all, it wasn’t a bad game.


“In the first half, we did a little standing around,’’ Suter said, referring specifically to a second quarter in which Baraboo switched to its zone defense after starting with a man-to-man and rolled up a 20-13 advantage.


“We were more in sync in the second half and attacked the 1-3-1 zone the way it’s supposed to be,’’ Suter said. “That made a big difference.’’


Lucas Burns started the second half with a two-point shot that put Craig ahead for good. Cooper Cullen had six of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter, and Burns added four of his 15 as the Cougars sprinted to a 15-8 advantage and took a 43-37 lead into the final period.


JoJo Pregont scored half of his 18 points for the Cougars in the fourth quarter as Craig sealed the victory with a 25-18 advantage. Kyle Goike also got all eight of his points in the game-clinching surge.


That offset a Baraboo performance that featured Jordan Taylor’s 18-point game and Chris Siebert’s 12—a 1-2 that accounted for five of the Thunderbirds’ three-point goals.


“The biggest thing was, we started moving the ball well against their 1-3-1 zone,’’ Suter said. “We’ve had better shooting, but we still ended up at 46 percent, which isn’t too bad.’’


And the Cougars’ free-throw shooting was close to exceptional. Craig made 22 of 27, led by Pregont’s 8-for-10, Cullen’s 8-for-11 and Goike’s 3-for-4.


CRAIG 68, BARABOO 55


Baraboo (55)—M. Kohnert, 1-0-2; D. Kohnert, 2-0-4; Siebert, 4-2-12; Schlender, 2-0-5; Taylor, 5-5-18; Overlien, 2-4-8; Dosier, 1-1-3; Szydlowski, 1-0-3. Totals: 18-12-55.


Craig (68)—Roherty, 2-0-5; Cullen, 5-8-19; Goike, 2-3-8; Pregont, 5-8-18; Burns, 6-2-15; Kennedy, 1-1-3. Totals: 21-22-68.


Baraboo 9 20 8 18—55


Craig 15 13 15 25—68


Three-points—Baraboo 7 (Siebert 2, Schlender, Taylor 3, Szydlowski), Craig 4 (Roherty, Cullen, Goike, Burns). Free throws missed—Baraboo 3, Craig 5. Total fouls—Baraboo 20, Craig 15.


Sophomore—Baraboo 61, Craig 52. Craig record: 1-7 overall. Craig scoring leaders: Brett Bates, 13; Cody Dare, 12.


n Middleton 89, Milwaukee Bay View 81 (OT)—Jon Stubbe scored seven of his game-high 22 points in overtime as the Cardinals (5-3) escaped with a nonconference victory over the Red Cats (4-3).


Bay View trailed by 12 with 3:30 to go, but rallied to tie the game at 76-76 on Haki Stampely’s three-pointer with 18 seconds to go.


Johnnie Lacy and Elgin Cook scored 15 points apiece to lead five Red Cats in double figures. Lacy was coming off a 47-point game in a loss to Milwaukee North. Demetrius Turner added 13, Stampely had 12 and Denzel Johnson scored 10.


The Cards got 13 points apeice from Brett Semenas and Justin Mertes-Mistretta, who scored 11 of his points during Middleton’s 24-point opening quarter.


MIDDLETON 89,


MILWAUKEE BAY VIEW 81 (OT)


Bay View (81)—Powell, 2-0-4; Lee, 1-1-3; Turner, 5-3-13; Lacy, 4-4-15; Cook, 6-3-15; Johnson, 4-2-10; Harris, 2-0-4; Stampely, 5-1-12; Handy, 2-1-5. Totals: 31-15-81.


Middleton (89)—Kruckenberg, 2-1-6; Diem, 1-0-2; Semenas, 6-0-13; Braga, 1-2-4; Mertes-Mistretta, 4-4-13; Dean, 1-0-2; Lochner, 3-2-8; Trautman, 1-2-5; Nunnery, 1-1-3; Stubbe, 5-8-22; Hudson, 2-0-4. Totals: 30-21-89.


Bay View 16 21 15 24 5—81


Middleton 24 18 18 16 13—89


Three-point goals—Bay View 4 (Lacy 3, Stampely), Middleton 8 (Stubbe 4, Trautman, Mertes-Mistretta, Semenas, Kruckenberg). Free throws missed—Bay View 12, Middleton 12. Total fouls—Bay View 25, Middleton 24. Fouled out—Cook.


Junior varsity—Middleton won.


n Racine Park 67, Delavan-Darien 47—The Panthers broke to a 17-12 first-quarter lead and finished off the Comets with a 20-9 fourth-quarter edge for the nonconference victory.


Delavan-Darien (5-4) did not have a player score in double figures.


Park’s P.J. Lockridge-Beverly scored 16 points, while teammate Dean McLain added 15.


RACINE PARK 67, DELAVAN-DARIEN 47


Racine Park (67)—Edwards, 4-0-8; McLain, 7-1-15; Cotton, 1`-0-2; Lockridge-Beverly, 7-2-16; Bridges, 6-1-14; Hicks, 4-0-8; Lohen, 1-0-2; Billips, 1-0-2. Totals: 31-4-67.


Delavan-Darien (47)—Kienen, 2-4-8; Nieuwenhuis, 2-0-6; Osswald, 2-3-9; Fowlkes, 3-0-7; Brickner, 1-0-2; Lee, 1-0-2; Butke, 2-3-7; Logterman, 2-2-6. Totals: 15-12-47.


Racine Park 15 17 15 20—67


DDHS 12 13 13 9—47


Three-point goals—Park 1 (Bridges), Delavan-Darien 5 (Nieuwenhuis 2, Osswald 2, Fowlkes). Free throws missed—Park 5, Delavan-Darien 4. Total fouls—Park 14, Delavan-Darien 15. Fouled out—Nieuwenhuis.



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