D&D Show leads East past Janesville Craig
And the Cougar girls basketball team got a front row seat for another outstanding performance.
Nyakour Deang scored 20 points, and Makailah Dyer added 16 to lead Madison East to a 55-46 Big Eight Conference win over Craig.
Deang, a versatile 5-11 junior, scored 10 of her points in the third quarter as the Purgolders (5-5, 5-2) increased a two-point halftime lead to nine.
Craig (4-5, 3-3) got within three in the fourth behind Amanda Hamilton’s hot shooting hand from beyond the arc, but the Purgolders used a late 6-0 run to seal the victory.
“We got good looks all game, but we just couldn’t knock shots down,” Craig coach Mark Marsden said. “And we’ve got to get scoring from more than two players, which wasn’t the case in the second half.”
Senior center Anne Morgan scored all nine of Craig’s points in the third quarter, and Hamilton hit three long three-pointers in the fourth to keep her team in contention. But Emily Hinman’s basket with 18 seconds left in the game was the first field goal by a Craig player other than Morgan or Hamilton in the second half.
Deang, the Big Eight’s second-leading scorer, converted on back-to-back possessions after the Cougars cut the lead to three on two Whitney Oliver free throws with 1:59 left.
Dyer finished off the Cougars with a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left that pushed the lead to 51-44.
“We’re a very unselfish team, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for,” East coach Kay Galuska said. “Our defense sets up our offense, and for the most part, we did a great job defensively the whole game.
“We had a little letdown to start the fourth quarter where Hamilton got loose on us, but we regrouped and were able to close them out.”
Hamilton led the Cougars with 15 points, all on threes, while Morgan finished with 14.
The Cougars have now dropped three straight, but Marsden is not ready to push the panic button.
“I still really like this team,” Marsden said of the Cougars. “We’ve just hit a tough stretch recently.
“Hopefully, we can put this behind us and get a win at (Madison) West on Saturday night.”
EAST 55, CRAIG 46
East (55)—Deang, 8-3-20; Dyer, 4-8-16; Hudkins, 1-0-2; Almou, 2-2-6; Jackson, 4-1-9; Burmah, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-14-55.
Craig (46)—Hamilton, 5-0-15; Hinman, 2-0-4; Kennedy, 1-0-3; Morgan, 4-6-14; Legreid, 2-0-5; Straw, 1-1-3; W. Oliver, 0-2-2. Totals: 15-9-46.
Madison East 12 11 16 16—55
Janesville Craig 12 9 9 16—46
Three-point goals—East 1 (Deang), Craig 7 (Hamilton 5, Kennedy, Legreid). Free throws missed—East 7, Craig 2. Total fouls—East 9, Craig 18.