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Verona's fast start leaves Craig girls behind

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Craig Henquinet/Special to the Gazette
January 15, 2011
— Right off the bat, Ashley Bartow and her Verona teammates attacked Janesville Craig here Friday night.

The Wildcats raced out to a 20-3 lead and held off ninth-ranked Craig High for a 46-34 victory in Big Eight Conference girls basketball.


The loss dropped the second-place Cougars to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big Eight Conference, while Verona improved to 7-4 and 5-3.


“You can’t spot a good basketball team 17 points,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “Both of our losses have been the same pattern. At Middleton, we got down 15-2.


“We really outplayed them for three quarters, and our kids played hard after the first quarter. It was just too much of a climb.”


Bartow, a Sun Prairie transfer, sparked the Verona outburst with seven of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter. Teammate Rachel Cropp also had seven points in the opening quarter as the Wildcats made eight of their 13 first-quarter shots.


After Amanda Hamilton’s three-pointer from the top of the key cut the Verona lead to 4-3, Bartow answered with a three-pointer and a jump shot in the lane to ignite a 17-0 run.


Craig misfired on nine of its 10 shots in the opening quarter as it struggled against Verona’s 1-2-2 zone defense. The Cougars went 11 minutes between field goals before Emily Hinman ended the drought with her left-handed lay-up to cut Verona’s lead to 21-8 midway through the second quarter.


“We weren’t attacking their zone,” Storbakken added. “We were a little too passive. Once we started penetrating, we were fine.”


Hinman had six of her 11 points in the second quarter as Craig closed to within 25-15 by the half, behind its full-court press that frustrated Verona into five turnovers.


Hamilton also had 11 points, with three three-pointers, including two in the third quarter, as the Cougars got within 32-24. Teighlor Tveldt answered with a three-pointer, however, on the next possession, and Shannon Kant added a jump shot as Verona never again allowed Craig to cut the Wildcats’ lead to single digits.


“For the first time, I think we put together a complete game,” Verona coach Angie Murphy said. “We put it all together and played confidently tonight.”


Verona closed out the win by draining five of its nine fourth-quarter free throws.


“We showed tonight that we can beat good teams,” said Tveldt, who added nine points and two three-pointers.


VERONA 46, CRAIG 34


Craig (34—Hamilton, 3-2-11; O’Donnell, 1-0-3; Hinman, 5-1-11; Sroda, 1-4-6; Crandall, 0-3-3. Totals: 10-10-34.


Verona (46)—Tveldt, 3-1-9; Bartow, 7-4-19; Twing, 4-0-8; Cropp, 3-0-7; Fitch, 0-1-1; Kant, 1-0-2. Totals: 18-6-46.


Janesville Craig 3 12 9 10—34


Verona 18 7 12 9—43


Three-point goals—Craig 4 (Hamilton 3, O’Donnell), Verona 4 (Tveldt 2, Bartow, Cropp). Free throws missed—Craig 4, Verona 5. Total fouls—Craig 14, Verona 12. Fouled out - Hamilton.


Sophopmores—Verona 59, Craig 49.


n La Follette 59, West 48—A 21-8 advantage in the third quarter lifted the Lancers to the Big Eight win.


Adrianna Stephens had 16 points to lead La Follette, while Paige Sieben had 14 for West.


LA FOLLETTE 59, WEST 48


La Follette (59)—La Plant, 6; Baltisberger, 1; Gloede, 15; Hodge, 2; Meiller, 2; Stephens, 16; Newman, 8; Singh, 9. Totals: 19-18-59.


West (48)—McClarnar, 8; Dickerson, 7; Sieben, 14; Ward, 8; Russell, 2; Cox, 2; Jackson, 7. Totals: 17-12-48.


Madison La Follette 17 10 21 11—59


Madison West 10 16 8 14—48


Three-point goals—La Follette 3 (Stephens 2, Gloede), West 2 (Sieben 2). Free throws missed—La Follette 18, West 4. Total fouls—La Follette 14, West 25.


n Beloit 40, Sun Prairie 35—The Purple Knights rallied for the Big Eight victory behind an 18-8 fourth-quarter advantage.


Hannah Lawver had 12 points to lead Beloit, while McKayla Yentz led Sun Prairie with 10.


BELOIT 40, SUN PRAIRIE 35


Sun Prairie (35)—Wittmann, 1; Baldwin, 1; Lee, 5; Hoffmann, 9; Yentz, 10; Gipson, 9. Totals: 11-12-35.


Beloit (40)—Marzette, 8; Gill, 6; Heldt, 9; Hail. Lawver, 5; Han. Lawver, 12. Totals; 13-12-40.


Sun Prairie 11 11 5 8—35


Beloit Memorial 7 6 9 18—40


Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 1 (Lee), Beloit 2 (Han. Lawver, Heldt). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 7, Beloit 9. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 16, Beloit 18.


n East 56, Memorial 38—University of Wisconsin recruit Makailah Dyer returned to action with a game-high 26 points to lead the Purgolders to the Big Eight win.


Dominique Golz had 11 points for the Spartans.


EAST 56, MEMORIAL 38


Memorial (38)—Jost, 4; Lutz, 3; McClurg, 6; Woods, 8; Hoyer, 4; Wilson, 2; Golz, 11. Totals: 14-6-38.


East (56)—Deang, 9; Dyer, 26; Bading, 9; Daniels, 2; Clair, 6; Hudkins, 6; Burmah, 1. Totals: 14-23-56.


Madison Memorial 11 1 8 18—38


Madison East 12 18 14 12—56


Three-point goals—Memorial 4 (Golz 2, McClurg, Lutz), East 5 (Dyer 2, Clair 2, Hudkins). Free throws missed—Memorial 4, East 5. Total fouls—Memorial 21, East 14.




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