Janesville Craig rallies, but again falls to West
The Cougars fell behind early, had a terrible quarter, played a great second half, but lost another close one, 59-55, to Madison West in a Big Eight Conference game.
In losing to the Regents for the second time this season, Craig fell to 6-9 in the conference and 7-12 overall. West improved 5-10 and
“It was another slow start,” said Craig acting head coach Mike Morgan.
Head coach Mark Marsden was out town attending an educational-related workshop.
Craig fell behind 8-0 but came back on the strength of three-point shooting by Whitney Oliver and Amanda Hamilton. The Cougars trailed by just a point, 14-13, after one quarter.
The Regents then went on a scoring spree in the second quarter, while holding Craig to just six points.
“I have to give West a lot of credit,” Morgan said. “They played a good zone, and we were having trouble getting inside or trying to shoot over it.
“We’re concentrating on playing four good quarters without a letdown,” Morgan said. “We didn’t get that done tonight, and you have to play four good quarters to win in this league.”
Craig was hampered by the loss of its leading scorer, Anne Morgan. She sat out half the second period after her third foul.
When Morgan left the game, Craig trailed 17-14. West outscored the Cougars 11-2 until Lindsey Oliver sank a three-pointer to get Craig back in gear, but the Regents led 33-19 at halftime.
The second half was all Craig. The Cougars tied it at 51 with 2:25 left in the game, but they couldn’t get over the hump.
“I thought we were going to win when we tied it up, but West had something left, and we could not score again until it was too late,” Morgan said.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of the kids for the way they fought back from 14 down, but I don’t like to lose. It would have been nice to get a win for coach Marsden, but it just didn’t happen.”
Craig’s Kelsey Kennedy tied the game at 51-51 with a three-point goal at the 2:25 mark, and West called an immediate timeout. The Regents then went on a 7-0 run to put the game away.
Kennedy hit another three with 12 seconds left to get Craig to within 58-55, but the Cougars were forced to foul, and West’s Paige Sieben’s free throw sealed the win.
Sieben was the leading scorer with 18 points. Whitney Oliver Craig with 17, and Emily Hinman scored 14 off the bench.
WEST 59, CRAIG 55
West (59)—Potter, 0-2-2; Dickerson, 2-1-5; Sieben, 4-8-18; Ward, 1-0-2; Cox, 4-1-9; Jackson, 6-2-14; McClarn, 4-1-9. Totals: 21-15-59.
Craig (55)—W. Oliver, 7-0-17; Hamilton, 4-0-9; Kennedy, 3-1-9; Morgan, 0-1-1; Hinman, 4-6-14; L. Oliver, 2-0-5. Totals: 20-8-55.
Madison West 14 19 12 14—59
Janesville Craig 13 6 16 20—55
Three-point goals—West 2 (Sieben 2), Craig 7 (W. Oliver 3, Hamilton, Kennedy 2, L. Oliver). Free throws missed—West 10, Craig 7. Total fouls—West 14, Craig 20. Fouled out—Hamilton, Morgan.
Sophomores—Craig 71, West 41.
Craig’s leading scorers: Maddie Philipps, 18; Kylee Kennedy 13; Kristi Crandall, 9. Craig record: 18-0 overall, 13-0 in the Big Eight.