Craig girls stay unbeaten with win over Memorial

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Brian Carriveau/Special to the Gazette
Sunday, December 12, 2010
— Another fast start paid off Janesville Craig’s basketball team here Saturday.

Craig High jumped off to 16-6 lead in the first quarter, then overcame 15 first-half fouls in cruising to a 53-38 win over Madison Memorial.

The Cougars improved to 4-0 overall under first-year coach Kerry Storbakken and kept pace with Madison East atop the Big Eight Conference at 3-0, a half-step ahead of defending co-champion Middleton (2-0).

Memorial’s 12-4 run the second quarter got the Spartans (0-3, 0-3) within 22-19, but the Cougars were back in control at 33-22 by halftime.

“We were playing a little sloppy defense,” Storbakken said of the Cougars’ second-quarter lapse. “We were fouling.”

As a result, 13 of Memorial’s first-half points came on free throws.

With so many Craig starters in foul trouble, Storbakken had to rely on a deep bench to help weather the storm. In fact, the Cougars’ final eight points of the first half were by reserves.

“I think I had five subs in there at the same time, and they did a great job,” Storbakken said.

Meanwhile, junior guard Emilie O’Donnell avoided foul trouble and led the Cougars with 18 points.

“I just think I had an ‘on’ day,” O’Donnell said. “But my teammates helped me get open and stuff like that. Without the help of them, I don’t think I would have been ‘on’ today.”

All told, it was a well-rounded performance by O’Donnell, Storbakken said.

“We put her on Dominique Golz, their big left-hander in the post, in the second half,” Storbakken said of O’Donnell’s effort. “So she wasn't only doing it offensively, but she was doing it on the defensive end, too.”

Golz led Memorial with 14 points, but the second half went much smoother on defense for the Cougars, who limited the Spartans to 16 points the rest of the way.

Now, the Cougars can focus on a key Big Eight matchup at Middleton next Friday.

“As long as our kids play together, play hard and play unselfish, I like our chances,” Storbakken said.


Craig (53)––O’Donnell, 5-6-18; Marshick, 0-2-2; Storbakken, 2-1-6; Crandall, 1-2-4; Legreid,1-0-2; Hamilton, 2-0-5; Kennedy, 1-0-2; Straw, 1-2-4; Perleberg, 0-1-1; Hinman, 2-2-6; Holzhuter, 1-0-2.

Memorial (38)––Hoyer, 1-4-7; Jost, 1-0-2; McClurg, 0-2-2; Heilman, 2-2-6; Golz, 3-8-14; Watford, 2-0-4; Woods1-1-3.

Janesville Craig 16 17 10 10––53

Madison Memorial 6 16 9 7––38

Three-point goals––Craig 4 (O’Donnell 2, Storbakken, Hamilton), Memorial 1 (Hoyer). Free throws missed––Craig 10, Memorial 5. Total fouls––Craig 22, Memorial 20.

Sophomores––Craig 48, Madison Memorial 25. Craig’s scoring leader: Katie Villa, 16; Nicole Kelly, 13.

n East 55, West 52—Makailah Dyer scored 35 points in leading Madison East past Madison West to keep the Purgolders (4-0, 3-0) in a tie with Janesville Craig for the Big Eight lead.

Dyer had an 11-point second quarter in helping East recover from a 19-14 deficit for a 26-24 halftime edge. She also made 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, while scoring 12 of her team’s 15 points, to help East maintain its edge.

Dyer had East’s only two three-point goals and made 17 of 22 free throws overall, helping the Purgolder build at 27-8 advantage over West (0-4, 0-3) at the line.

Paige Sieben had three of West’s six three-point goals and led the Regents with 18 points. Jazmine Dickerson had 11 for West.

EAST 55, WEST 52

East (55)—Deang, 2; Dyer, 35; Bading, 2; Hudkins, 2; Jackson, 4; Justice, 10. Totals: 13-27-55.

West (52)—McClarn, 4; Dickerson, 11; Sieben, 18; Williams, 2; Daly, 6; Ward, 1; Russell, 2; Cox, 2; Jackson, 6. Totals: 18-8-52.

Madison East 14 12 14 15—55

Madison West 19 5 14 14—52

Three-point goals—East 2 (Dyer 2), West 6 (Sieben 3, Dickerson 2, McClarn). Free throws missed—East 10, West 13. Total fouls—East 16, West 23.

n La Follette 62, Beloit 52—Clare Gloede hit five three-point goals and scored 22 points in leading Madison La Follette (3-1, 2-1) to a Big Eight win over visiting Beloit Memorial (1-3, 0-3).

Artasia Gill and Danielle Heldt led the Purple Knights with 16 and 15 points, respectively.


Beloit (52)—Rufer, 2; Marzette, 4; Han. Lawver, 2; Hai. Lawver, 6; Gill, 16; Heldt, 15; Draeving, 7. Totals: 21-7-52.

La Follette (62)—LaPlant, 4; Olson, 2; Smith, 2; Gloede, 22; Hodge, 4; Meiller, 2; Stephens, 9; Newman, 5; Singh, 12. Totals: 22-12-62.

Beloit Memorial 15 12 15 10—52

Madison La Follette 12 15 20 15—62

Three-point goals—Beloit 3 (Hai. Lawver 2, Draeving), La Follette 6 (Gloede 5, Singh). Free throws missed—Beloit 5, La Follette 10. Total fouls—Beloit 23, La Follette 15.

Last updated: 3:50 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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