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JOHN N. BARRY
March 3, 2009
— If Tuesday night was Bob Suter’s last home game at Janesville Craig High School, the Cougars made it a memorable one.

Craig jumped out to a 10-0 lead and coasted to an 84-58 victory over Westosha Central in a WIAA Division 1 boys basketball regional semifinal game.


The Cougars (10-11) play at Kenosha Tremper (13-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Janesville Craig Sectional.


The visiting Falcons (3-18) were no match for the Cougars in the tournament opener. Westosha fell behind 10-0 the first two minutes of the game and was down 18-6 with 1:46 left in the opening period after A.J. Fredricks made a pair of free throws. The Falcons got no closer than nine the rest of the way.


Suter, who will retire at the end of the season, said the quick start was crucial.


“We’re much more effective on the offensive end when we take the ball to the basket instead of settling for jump shots, and that’s what we did early on,” Suter said. “I talked about how important it was to not let them hang around, and we didn’t.


“We live to see another day. That’s the most important thing.”


Fredricks led a balanced attack for the Cougars with 18 points, including 10 in the first quarter. Brad Cagney added 14, and Kyle Goike had in 10, as 11 players scored for Craig.


The Cougars led 20-11 after one quarter, then outscored the Falcons 25-14 in the second to open up a 20-point halftime lead.


After the Falcons got within 30-19 with 4:30 left in the first half, the Cougars responded with a 10-0 run to dash any comeback hopes. Cagney started the outburst with a three-pointer from the left wing, and Fredricks’ nifty reverse layup with 1:30 left in the half capped off the run.


About the only complaint Suter had all game was with the defense of his second-stringers. Westosha made 12 three-point baskets, including six in a 23-point fourth quarter.


With an athletic Tremper up next,, Suter knows his team has to pick up the intensity on defense if it hopes to earn a spot in the Craig Sectional.


“They’re going to come after us with a full-court press, but it’s not going to be anything we haven’t seen before,” Suter said. “They won’t be as quick as a (Madison) Memorial or (Madison) La Follette, but they’re athletic, and the game is on their home court.


“I really like the way we came out tonight and set the tempo. That’s the kind of effort we’re going to need on Saturday, as well. We’re one game away from getting back here to play, and we’ll see how we respond in a tough environment.”


n Ticket sale—Tickets for the regional final game at Kenosha Tremper will be on sale in the assistant principal’s office at Craig on today and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.


CRAIG 84, WESTOSHA 58


Westosha (58)—Wilson, 1-0-2; Myers, 1-0-3; Schaum, 2-0-6; Micheleau, 2-0-6; Lehner, 2-0-6; Koeshall, 5-4-16; Milz, 5-1-14; Zietsma, 0-1-1; Feivor, 1-0-2; Thoss, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-6-58.


Craig (84)—Wright, 2-0-4; Cagney, 5-1-14; Fredricks, 7-4-18; Goike, 4-0-10; J. Pregont, 2-4-8; Lowe, 2-0-5; Bates, 2-0-5; M. Pregont, 3-0-6; Condon, 3-3-9; Loasching, 2-0-4; Holznecht, 0-1-1. Totals: 32-13-84.


Westosha Central 11 14 10 23—58


Janesville Craig 20 25 19 20—84


Three-point goals—Westosha 12 (Milz 3, Schaum 2, Micheleau 2, Koeshall 2, Lehner 2, Myers), Craig 7 (Cagney 3, Goike 2, Lowe, Bates). Free throws missed—Westosha 4, Craig 9. Total fouls—Westosha 18, Craig 14.




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