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Craig snaps Verona losing streak

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JOHN N. BARRY
February 25, 2011
— In a conference that features the state’s top-ranked girls basketball team, second place doesn’t seem so bad.

And that’s exactly where Janesville Craig sits after a 53-45 Big Eight Conference win over Verona here Friday night.


Amanda Hamilton scored 15 points, including seven free throws in the fourth quarter, as Craig High (16-4, 12-4) beat the Wildcats for the first time in school history. Verona (14-6,


11-5) had beaten Craig five straight times since joining the Big Eight in 2008.


The Cougars did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter, but they made 13 of 20 free throws to hold off the Wildcats.


“Our kids came ready to play, and against a team like Verona, that’s very important,” Craig first-year coach Kerry Storbakken said.


“In the fourth quarter, when they made their run, we got a little stagnant. And I think that might’ve been because a Craig team had never beaten Verona. But for the most part, we kept our composure and made our free throws.”


The Cougars built their biggest lead of the game with 1:13 left in the third quarter when Kristi Crandall scored to make it 39-24.


Craig led 40-28 after three quarters, but the Wildcats clawed their way back behind Ashley Bartow. The junior, who led all scorers with 23 points, had 12 in the fourth as Verona cut Craig’s lead to five with 1:21 left. The Cougars finished off the Wildcats with three free throws from Ciarra Sroda in the last 44 seconds.


Verona commited 24 fouls for the game and sent Craig to the line 39 times.


Emily Hinman added 12 points for the Cougars, and Sroda scored 10.


With Madison East next on the docket in a make-up game Monday night at home, Storbakken is hopeful his team can continue its recent strong play.


“Other than that one quarter against Middleton, we’ve played really well at home,” Storbakken said. “Let’s hope that continues against East.


“They weren’t full strength the first time we played them, but they will be this time. Our girls will be ready. Tonight was a great win, and sets us up for what I hope is a good last week of the regular season.”


CRAIG 53, VERONA 45


Verona (45)—Bartow, 8-6-23; Cropp, 2-3-8; Tvedt, 2-0-5; Twing, 2-1-5; Fitch, 1-0-2; Smith, 1-0-2. Totals: 16-10-45.


Craig (53)—Hamilton, 2-10-15; Storbakken, 1-0-2; Sroda, 1-7-10; Hinman, 3-6-12; Marshick, 1-1-3; Legreid, 2-1-7; Crandall, 2-0-4. Totals: 12-25-53.


Verona 11 5 12 17—45


Janesville Craig 18 6 16 13—53


Three-point goals—Verona 3 (Bartow, Cropp, Tvedt), Craig 4 (Legreid 2, Hamilton, Sroda). Free throws missed—Verona 7, Craig 14. Total fouls—Verona 24, Craig 18. Fouled out—Cropp, Smith.


Sophomores—Verona 50, Craig 37.



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