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Cards’ pressure dooms Janesville Craig girls, other scores

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Craig Henquinet
February 3, 2010
— The press led to pressure on Janesville Craig’s girls basketball team here Tuesday night, and the Cougars wilted over the final 12 minutes.

For 2 1/2 quarters, the depleted Cougars stayed with first-place Middleton. Emily Hinman’s basket underneath pulled Craig High within


27-26 with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter.


Middleton then outscored the Cougars 18-5 over the next 6:40 for a 45-31 lead en route to a 60-45 victory that kept the Cardinals (13-3, 10-2) tied for the Big Eight lead.


“I thought we played well in the first half, just keeping the game at a slower tempo,” Craig coach Mark Marsden said.


Along with the Middleton press, which forced 12 second-half Craig turnovers, the Cougars (7-9, 6-6) played short-handed without starting center Anne Morgan and guard Ciarra Sroda due to injuries. Craig also juggled its starting lineup due to some team rule violations.


“We had some kids that weren’t normally starters start tonight and probably will again against Parker (on Friday), due some (broken) team rules,” Marsden said. “But I was happy with that lineup. We kind of played toe-to-toe with them, but you can’t make mistakes like that against a good team.”


Lindsey and Whitney Oliver each had 11 points to lead Craig.


Kerry Gardner had 18 of her 23 points in the second half, including five straight points to cap the 18-5 run for Middleton. Rachel Eklund also had 23


points for the Cardinals, with 12 in the second half.


Whitney Oliver stopped a 9-0 Middleton run to end the third quarter and keep the Cougars within 36-28. A rebound basket cut the lead to 38-31 with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter.


Rachel Eklund made a lay-up seven seconds later, and the Middleton press forced back-to-back Craig turnovers on in-bounds passes. That led to consecutive baskets from Gardner to complete a 7-0 run in 25 seconds for a comfortable 45-31 lead.


“We finally got a little run and started making some shots,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “The press kind of wore them down a little bit at the end.”


Craig’s Emily Hinman ended the run with a lay-up, but the Cougars did not make another basket over the next three minutes as Middleton pulled away.


“I thought it was one of our hardest-played games of the year,” Marsden said. “Our kids really played hard. We are just a little short-handed. Our kids just kind of wore out a little bit and made some weak passes.”


MIDDLETON 60, CRAIG 45

Craig (45)—W. Oliver, 4-3-11; Kennedy, 1-3-5; L. Oliver, 3-2-11; Storbakken, 1-0-3; Straw, 2-0-4; Sitorius, 1-0-2; Marshick, 1-0-2; Hinmen, 3-1-7. Totals: 16-9-45.


Middleton (60)—Passini, 3-0-6; Flynn, 0-1-1; Gardner, 8-5-23; Eklund, 9-5-23; Gunderson, 1-0-2; Williams, 0-1-1; Sullivan, 1-0-2; Sanderson, 1-0-2. Totals: 23-12-60.


Janesville Craig 9 12 7 17—45


Middleton 11 10 15 24—60


Three-point goals—Craig 4 (L. Oliver 3, Storbakken), Middleton 2 (Gardner 2). Free throws missed—Craig 5, Middleton 5. Total fouls—Craig 10, Middleton 10.


Sophomores—Craig 67, Middleton 34. Craig leading scorers: Micheala Holzhuter, 11; Kylee Kennedy, 11; Kristi Crandall, 10; Emilie O’Donnell, 10. Craig record: 16-0 overall.


Big Eight

-- La Follette 51, Memorial 39—The Lancers pulled away in the first half for the Big Eight win.


Morgan La Plant had 13 points to lead La Follette


(4-12, 3-9), while Eastern Illinois recruit Taryn Olson had 19 for Memorial (4-9, 3-9).


LA FOLLETTE 51, MEMORIAL 39

La Follette (51)—Hodge, 7; Sigh, 6; Pollard, 4; La Plant, 13; Stephens, 10; Gloede, 10; Schleif, 1. Totals: 20-9-51.


Memorial (39)—Henderson, 5; Golz, 4; Beld, 4; Littleton, 2; Schmitz, 2; Graf, 2; Olson, 19; Burnette, 1. Totals: 17-5-39.


Madison La Follette 11 17 8 15—51


Madison Memorial 8 4 12 15—39


Three-point goals—La Follette 2 (Gloede 2). Free throws missed—La Follette 7, Memorial 13. Total fouls—La Follette 15, Memorial 17. Fouled out—Golz.


-- Beloit 80, West 60—Megan Slavish scored 30 points to lead the host Purple Knights to victory.


Beloit (6-10, 5-8) led by two after three quarters but outscored West (3-10, 3-9)


25-7 in the fourth. Jazmine Dickerson finished with 19 points to lead West.


BELOIT 80, WEST 60

West (60)—McClaren, 3-0-6; Dickerson, 5-8-19; Sieber, 4-6-16; Steinman, 1-0-2; Ward, 1-1-3; Rasmussen, 2-0-4; Jackson, 3-4-10. Totals: 19-20-60.


Beloit (80)—Johnson, 2-2-6; Hankins, 5-0-12; Hay. Lawver, 4-0-11; Bernstein, 0-1-1; Han. Lawver, 0-2-2; Gill, 2-0-4; Heldt, 1-2-4; Slavish, 12-5-30; Mauel, 1-5-7; Gauvin, 0-5-5. Totals: 27-22-80.


Madison West 16 16 21 7—60


Beloit Memorial 21 19 15 25—80


Three-point goals—West 3 (Sieber 2, Dickerson), Beloit 5 (Hay. Lawver 3, Hankins 2, Slavish). Free throws missed—West 11, Beloit 15. Total fouls—West 23, Beloit 21. Fouled out—Mauel.


Sophomores—West won.


-- Verona 51, East 45—The Wildcats (12-3, 10-2)


remained tied for first place in the Big Eight behind 15 points from Kelsey Zwaga.


Nayakour Deang of East


(7-8, 7-5) led all scorers with 20 points.


VERONA 51, EAST 45

Verona (51)—Pfeffer, 6; Dreher, 2; Cropp, 2; Witte, 2; Zwaga, 15; Tackett, 13; Stone, 11. Totals: 16-16-51.


East (45)—Jackson, 8; Hudkins, 3; Dyer, 14; Deang, 20. Totals: 18-5-45.


Verona 15 16 4 16—51


Madison East 9 10 12 14—45


Three-point goals—Verona 3 (Stone, Tackett, Zwaga), East 4 (Deang 2, Dyer, Hudkins). Free throws missed—Verona 2, East 2. Total fouls—Verona 10, East 15. Fouled out—Pfeffer.



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