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Craig girls move into third place

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Gazette staff
February 9, 2008

There were no snowstorm blues for Janesville Craig High girls basketball team.


But it was all Royal Blue here Saturday as the Cougars rolled over the last-place Madison East Purgolders, 57-36, in a Big Eight game.


Sparked by a 12-0 surge to start the game, Craig ran its record to 11-7 and 8-6 in the conference to grab third place. Meanwhile, by losing to the Cougars decisively for the second time, East dropped to 1-12 and 2-15.


“These are the kind of games you worry about because it’s hard to get up,’’ Craig coach Mark Marsden said. “And after snow days and no practice, you don’t know what’s going to happen, but the girls played well.’’


The Cougars were particularly effective in dismantling East’s defenses starting with an 18-4 first quarter in which Kristy Benson scored nine of her game-high 17 points and Danielle Straw got four of her 12.


“It was a lot of up-tempo basketball,’’ Mardsen said. “They were in a man-to-man, and it was easy to get through. We scored on our first six possessions, with all high-percentage shots.


“After they switched to the zone, we solved that, too, and had a strong fourth quarter,’’ Marsden said of Craig’s 21-13 finish. “And that pretty much sums up the game.’’


But the Cougars’ domination also featured a strong defensive effort by 5-foot-7 junior Lauren McQueen.


“Lauren came off the bench and made it miserable for their point guard,’’ Marsden said. “And that’s the kind of player we need.’’


The Cougars also need a victory over Sun Prairie (8-8, 7-6) to retain third place with only two games remaining on their conference schedule. They’ll get that chance Monday night in a makeup game at Sun Prairie.


CRAIG 57, EAST 36


East (36)—Ramsey, 1-0-3; Czechowicz, 4-0-8; Heidorn, 3-1-8; Johnson, 3-0-6; McClain, 2-0-4; Schoenemann, 1-0-2; Stanford, 2-1-5. Totals: 16-2-36.


Craig (57)—Gohlke, 2-0-4; Sanchez, 0-0-0; McQueen, 1-2-4; Benson, 6-5-17; Storbakken, 3-2-9; Straw, 5-0-12; Morgan, 0-2-2; Hilden, 4-1-9. Totals: 21-12-54.


East 4 11 8 13—36


Craig 18 9 9 21—57


Three-point goals—East 2 (Ramsey, Heidorn), Craig 3 (Straw 2, Storbakken). Free throws missed—East 3, Craig 2. Total fouls—East 10, Craig 12.


Sophomores—Craig won and is 16-1 for the season.


n Beloit 72, Sun Prairie 63—Beloit Memorial’s big third quarter carried the Purple Knights through a Big Eight game that included 57 fouls and 81 free throws.


Sun Prairie connected on 30 of 40 attempts from the line, including 13 of Stephanie Haight’s game-high 28 points, but the visiting Cardinals (8-8) fell to 7-6 in the conference and behind Janesville Craig (8-6) in the battle for third place.


The Cardinals led 20-12 after the first quarter, but Brianne Monahan scored 10 of her team-high 21 points in a 22-8 third period that enabled Beloit to overcome a 32-27 halftime deficit. The Purple Knights went up by 16 points before a parade of free throws led to a 23-23 standoff in the fourth quarter.


Megan Slavish backed up Monahan with 17 points for the Knights (5-10, 4-9), and teammate Alexia Tann had 12. Paige Albi made seven free throws in scoring 20 points for Sun Prairie.


BELOIT 72, SUN PRAIRIE 63


Sun Prairie (63)—Renz, 0-3-3; Granitz, 0-4-4; Haight, 7-13-28; Yakey, 1-0-3; Albi, 6-7-20; Chase, 1-3-5. Totals: 15-30-63.


Beloit (72)—Truttmann, 1-1-3; Monahan, 9-3-21; Carroll, 2-0-4; Bolton, 0-10-10; Tann, 3-4-12; Slavish, 7-2-17; Bridges, 2-0-4; Tester, 0-1-1. Totals: 24-21-72.


Sun Prairie 20 12 8 23—63


Memorial 11 16 22 23—72


Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 3 (Haight, Yakey, Albi), Beloit 3 (Tann 2, Slavish). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 10, Beloit 10. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 27, Beloit 30. Fouled out—Granitz, Albi, Carroll, Tann.



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