Hinman helps Janesville Craig cruise to title game
Hinman led the way with 20 points as the Cougars overcame a sluggish start to down Oregon, 51-29, here Monday night and earn a spot against Waunakee in tonight’s title game.
“Our kids, for whatever reason, were not ready to play in the first half,” first-year Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said after his team improved to 6-1. “I got after them a little at halftime and told them they need to play hard every night, no matter who the opponent is, and they responded to that.”
Craig led 9-6 after one quarter, and it looked like that might be all the scoring in the first half. Neither team scored again until Emily Sessler sank a free throw for Oregon after 4:42 had run off in eight-minute second quarter. The Cougars finally outscored the Panthers 6-3 in the quarter for a 15-9 halftime lead, with Hinman matching Oregon’s first-half total.
Storbakken’s halftime session then put life into the Cougars.
Hinman and her teammates scored 21 points in the third quarter and pushed their lead to 36-16.
Overall, Hinman also led her team in rebounds, blocked a shot and contributed defensively by dominating underneath.
“One of the goals we have is to take at least one charge every game,” Storbakken said. “It’s become an inside team thing, and it’s been Emily’s play that has allowed us to meet that goal. She’s taken at least one charge every game this season.”
The Cougar fans’ wild cheering after Hinman took the charge confused some of the visitors, but it meant Craig was on track for another win.
“Emily has become a nice post player,” Storbakken said. “She is very athletic, she can put the ball in the basket, and she can defend. She has really elevated her game.”
Hinman kept the pressure on the entire game. She got support from her teammates in the second half.
Craig point guard Amanda Hamilton scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half. Kristi Crandall, Ciarra Sroda and Stephanie Perlberg combined for eight points off the bench in the second half.
In addition to meeting the goal of at least one charge a game, the Cougars moved closer to another goal—winning their holiday tournament.
“We haven’t won this tournament since 2007,” Storbakken said. “That’s what we’re concentrating on now.”
The championship for Craig must go through a tough Waunakee team. The Warriors earned a spot in the title game by defeating Racine St. Catherine, 64-55.
The Craig defense will have to stop a balanced Waunakee attack, which featured Brianna Johnson and Briana May each scoring 15 points. Jaci Vanden Brook added 10 for the Warriors, while Chelsea Hagen and Kelly Preston each contributed nine.
“First of all, we’ll have to put the ball in the basket the first half if we’re going to beat Waunakee,” Storbakken said. “They have two good post players, and their guards are solid, so we’ll be challenged. It should be a good game.”
CRAIG 51, OREGON 29
Oregon (29)—Ricker, 3-0-7; Sessler, 1-1-3; Gits, 3-2-9; Martig, 0-1-1; Atath, 0-1-1; Urben, 3-0-6; Peach, 0-2-2. Totals: 10-7-29.
Craig (51)—Hamilton, 5-1-13; Storbakken, 1-0-3; Legreid, 1-2-4; Marshick, 1-1-3; Hinman, 8-4-20; Crandall, 1-0-2; Sroda, 1-2-4; Perleberg, 1-0-2; Totals: 19-10-51.
Oregon 6 3 7 13—29
Janesville Craig 9 6 21 15—51
Three-point goals—Oregon 2 (Sessler, Ricker), Craig 3 (Hamilton 2, Storbakken). Free throws missed—Oregon 8, Craig 3. Total fouls—Oregon 11, Craig 13.
WAUNAKEE 64, ST CATHERINE’S 55
Waunakee (64)—Johnson, 5-4-15; Hagen, 2-5-9; May, 5-3-15; Evans, 2-0-4; Preston, 4-1-9; Ziegler, 0-2-2; Vanden Brook, 4-1-10. Totals: 22-16-64.
St. Catherine’s (55)—Libby Zimmerman, 1-0-3; Rammelt, 1-0-2; Braun, 8-4-20; Tepley, 4-2-10; Molheck, 1-0-2; LeCount, 1-3-5; J. Zimmerman, 1-3-6; Olley, 3-1-7. Totals: 20-13-55.
Waunakee 16 19 8 21—64
Racine St. Catherine’s 16 8 14 17—55
Three-point goals—Waunakee 4 (Johnson, May 2, Vanden Brook), St. Catherine’s 2 (Libby Zimmerman, J. Zimmerman). Free throws missed—Waunakee 8, St. Catherine’s 6. Total fouls—Waunakee 20, St. Catherine’s 20.