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Craig girls win shootout

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Tim Wester/Special to the Gazette
January 29, 2011
— For the record, Janesville Craig senior guard Amanda Hamilton is aware the three-point line is the blue arc on the Cougars’ home floor.

She just found it easier to shoot from farther distances.


Hamilton drained six long three-pointers from NBA range and scored 19 of Craig High’s final 20 points to carry the Cougars to a 67-60 victory over Madison La Follette in Big Eight Conference girls basketball here Friday night.


Hamilton, who finished with a game-high 27 points, had six of the game’s jaw-dropping 23 three-pointers to help Craig (13-2, 9-2) outshoot the Lancers (8-7, 6-6).


“La Follette came to play, but our kids were resilient,” said Craig coach Kerry Storbakken, who watched La Follette sink 11 three-pointers against his defense. “We could have folded when we were down 15 with two minutes left in the second quarter, but I still believed in these kids.”


The Lancers, however, did all they could to test Storbakken’s faith. Rani Singh, Clare Goede and Adrianna Stephens each had a pair of first-quarter three-pointers to propel La Follette to a 22-11 lead.


La Follette built the lead to 34-19 in the second quarter, before the Cougars hit a trio of three-pointers at the end of the half to draw within 34-28.


“It was getting frustrating because about half of the time we were closing out on them, and they still were hitting three-pointers,” Storbakken said. “But I told the girls that there’s no way that they (the Lancers) can keep shooting like that. Otherwise, they’d be undefeated.”


Despite Storbakken’s prediction, the Lancers still had four more three-pointers in the second half and maintained a 48-47 lead with 2:30 left in the third quarter.


But the Lancers’ torrid shooting eventually was trumped by Hamilton’s impressive run.


The 5-foot-4 standout gave the Cougars their first lead since the first quarter, 50-48, with a three-pointer from the volleyball stripe on the court with a minute left in the third period.


That was just a warning shot.


Hamilton sank three more threes in the fourth quarter to keep the Cougars on top, 63-57, with 2:15 to play.


“My teammates were really helping me a lot because they would draw the ball somewhere else and force a double-team and then kick it to me,” Hamilton said. “So they deserve the credit.”


The Lancers still withstood Hamilton’s attack for most of the fourth quarter and trailed only 63-60 with 48 seconds left. The Cougars, however, shut down La Follette from there and made four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.


CRAIG 67, LA FOLLETTE 60


La Follette (60)—Singh, 6-3-19; Gloede, 4-1-13; Stephens, 6-3-18; Newman, 1-4-6; Miller, 1-0-2; Baltisberger, 1-0-2. Totals: 19-11-60.


Craig (67)—Hamilton, 7-7-27; Storbakken, 3-1-9; Sroda, 0-2-2; O’Donnell, 2-0-6; Hinman, 4-5-13; Marshick, 3-0-8; Kennedy, 1-0-2. Totals: 20-15-67.


Madison La Follette 22 16 16 10—60


Janesville Craig 11 17 22 17—67


Three point goals—La Follette 11 (Singh 4, Gloede 4, Stephens 3), Craig 12 (Hamilton 6, Storbakken 2, O’Donnell 2, Marshick 2). Free throws missed—La Follette 7, Craig 6. Total fouls—La Follette 16, Craig 10.


Big Eight girls


n Middleton 54, Verona 45—Kerry Gardner scored 15 points, including three-pointers at the end of the second and third quarters, to lead first-place Middleton (10-0, 13-1) over host Verona (7-3, 9-4).


The Cardinals held off the Wildcats, who were within four points with three minutes left.


Ashley Bartow had a game-high 20 for Verona.


MIDDLETON 54, VERONA 45


Middleton (54)—McCauley 3; Passini 7, Williams 4, Gunderson 7, Staples 2, Gardner 15, Eklund 14, Ronstad 2. Totals: Middleton 17-14-54.


Verona (45)—Fitch 2, Tvedt 8, Witte 3, Smith 6, Bartow 20, Twing 1, Cropp 5, Rongstad 2. Totals: 15-10-45.


Middleton 13 12 16 13—54


Verona 10 12 9 14—45


Three-point goals—Middleton 6 (Gardner 4, McCauley, Passini), Verona 5 (Tvedt 2, Witte, Bartow, Cropp). Free throws missed—Middleton 7, Verona 5. Total fouls—Middleton 16, Verona 17.


n Sun Prairie 42, Memorial 36—Sophomore center Kamry Gipson had 11 of her 15 points in the second half to help Sun Prairie (1-9, 2-10) rally past visiting Madison Memorial


(0-10, 0-12).


Dominique Golz had game-high 20 for Memorial.


SUN PRAIRIE 42, MEMORIAL 36


Memorial (36)—Lutz 2, McClurg 2, Woods 8, Golz 20, Lemkuil 4. Totals: 10-11-36.


Sun Prairie (42)—Baldwin 2, Stephan 3, Lee 12, Yentz 10, Gipson 15. Totals: 14-12-42.


Madison Memorial 13 6 7 10—36


Sun Prairie 9 7 12 14—42


Three-point goals—Memorial 5 (Lutz, Golz 3, Lemkuil), Sun Prairie 2 (Lee, Yentz). Free throws missed—Memorial 5, Sun Prairie 4. Total fouls—Memorial 18, Sun Prairie 13.


n East 49, Beloit 37—Makailah Dyer scored 24 points, including 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, to lead East (7-4, 9-5) past the visiting Purple Knights (2-8, 4-9).


Danielle Heldt led Beloit with 11 points.


EAST 49, BELOIT 37


Beloit (37)—Marzette 8, Hai. Lawver 3, Hal. Lawver 6, Gill 9, Heldt 11. Totals: 15-6-37.


East (49)—Dyer 24, Deang 10, Bading 1, Hudkins 2, Jackson 8, Justice 4. Totals: 17-14-49.


Beloit 9 7 9 12—37


East 11 7 17 14—49


Three-point goals—Beloit 1 (Hai. Lawver), East 1 (Dyer). Free throws missed—Beloit 6, East 4. Total fouls—Beloit 15, East 17.




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