Craig girls fall to Mukwonago
The Mukwonago guard drained six three-pointers over the first three quarters to help the Indians run out to a 51-31 lead as part of the Big Eight Shootout at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
Craig managed to pull within 58-52 following Whitney Oliver’s second three-pointer in the final three minutes, but could not overtake Mukwonago and fell 62-52 in the season-opener for both teams.
“I thought we showed a lot of heart,” Craig coach Mark Marsden said. “I thought we started playing better ball in the fourth quarter, our defense settled down a little bit.”
The Cougars needed to settle down on both ends of the court after starting the game with seven turnovers in their first eight possessions as Mukwonago raced out to a 13-0 start. Craig had 24 turnovers over the first three quarters and finished with 27.
Will also help bury the Cougars with 17 first-half points, which included five three-pointers. The junior finished with 22 points before fouling out with 6:01 remaining.
“Will is a good ball-player,” Marsden said. “I was disappointed we didn’t do a better job on her in the first half, but I thought we did a better job on her in the second half.”
Kristy Benson tried to counter by scoring 14 of the 15 Craig points in the second quarter, but Mukwonago increased its lead to 36-22 at the half.
Benson finished with a game-high 29 points, after her 10-point fourth quarter.
The Cougars opened the final quarter with eight straight points before Oliver made the first of her two fourth quarter three-pointers with 2:41 left to cut the Mukwonago lead to 56-46.
The sophomore finished with nine points on three three-pointers.
Benson added a left-handed lay-up after driving the lane and completed her three-point play to cut the deficit to seven.
Kristine Fehly stopped the rally with two free throws, before Oliver’s three-pointer from the top of the key cut the deficit to six with 1:19 left. But, the Indians made four of their six free throws in the final 1:18 and Craig did not score again.
“Mukwonago is a good team,” Marsden added. “But I was happy with the way our kids fought back.”
MUKWONAGO 62, CRAIG 52
Mukwonago (62)—Sehley, 0-3-3; Lambert, 4-2-10; Radowicz, 1-3-5; Lee, 3-3-9; Will, 8-0-22; Romdenne, 1-0-3; Aringer, 3-2-8; O’Leary,. 1-0-2. Totals: 21-13-62.
Craig (52)—McQueen, 0-6-6-; Benson, 7-15-29; Sanchez, 1-0-2; Straw, 1-1-4; Oliver, 3-0-9; Hilden, 1-0-2. Totals: 13-22-52.
Mukwonago 19 17 15 11—62
Janesville Craig 7 15 9 21—52
Three-point goals—Mukwonago (Will 6, Romdenne), Craig 4 (Oliver 3, Straw). Free throws missed—Mukwonago 9, Craig 9. Total fouls—Mukwonago 18, Craig 16. Fouled out—Will, McQueen.