East has too many weapons for Janesville Craig
Janesville Craig girls basketball coach Mark Marsden gave it a try Thursday night, having the Cougars double-team both stars, who came in ranked first and third in scoring in the Big Eight Conference.
Dejuenae Daniels quickly shot down that strategy.
The junior point guard nailed two early three-pointers to help the host Purgolders race out to an early lead, then watched Dyer do the heavy lifting until Deang took control down the stretch, powering East to a 60-45 victory in a Big Eight game.
Dyer, a sophomore shooting guard who has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin, scored a game-high 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists and seven steals. Deang was held in check much of the night, but went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth and finished with 15 points—below her conference-best average of 19.2 ppg.
“I give them credit. Some of their other players stepped up and hit some shots,” Marsden said after his team’s fourth straight loss. “Right at the beginning of the game, we had them doubled, and their point guard hit two threes quick, and that put us in a hole.”
Daniels’ second three-pointer, off a dish from Dyer, gave the Purgolders (9-8, 9-5) a 12-3 lead 4 minutes, 37 seconds into the game.
“That’s probably the best team effort we’ve had in a while,” East coach Kay Galuska said. “We haven’t had those games all year. Unfortunately for Craig, we put it together one time against them. Hopefully, we keep rolling.”
With Deang being denied in the post, Dyer got rolling, slicing through the Cougars’ defense. She had 11 points and three assists in leading East out to a 26-13 advantage midway through the second quarter.
From there, Craig (7-11, 6-8) spent the rest of the night trying to claw back into the game.
Marsden turned to his bench in an attempt to wear down the Purgolders, who rely heavily on a seven-player rotation. He saw 10 of his 12 players score, led by senior center Anne Morgan’s 10 points, and singled out reserve junior forwards Taylor Sitorius (six points) and Emily Legreid (three) for their performances.
But the closest Craig could get was six at 33-27 early in the second half, in large part due to 29 percent shooting from the floor (16-for-56).
EAST 60, CRAIG 45
Craig (45)—W.Oliver, 2-0-4; Hamilton, 2-2-8; L.Oliver, 1-0-3; Storbakken, 1-0-3; Sitorius, 3-0-6; Legreid, 1-1-3; Morgan, 4-2-10; Straw, 1-0-2; Marshick, 0-1-1; Hinman, 1-3-5. Totals: 16-9-45.
East (60)—Deang, 3-9-15; Dyer, 9-4-22; Jackson, 2-2-6; Daniels, 4-0-10; Hudkins, 1-0-2; Almou 2-1-5. Totals: 21-16-60.
Janesville Craig 10 12 11 12—45
Madison East 17 13 12 18—60
Three-point goals—Craig 4 (Hamilton 2, L.Oliver, Storbakken), Madison East 2 (Jackson 2). Free throws missed—Craig 8, Madison East 8. Total fouls—Craig 16, Madison East 15.