Madison East picked an inopportune time to prove Janesville Craig girls basketball coach Kerry Storbakken correct Thursday night.
The Purgolders, whom Storbakken thought were the favorites to win the Big Eight Conference along with Sun Prairie, handed the visiting Cougars a 74-59 Big Eight Conference defeat.
The Purgolders (8-2 in the Big Eight, 9-4 overall) were led by seniors Erin Howard—an Auburn University recruit—and Justice Filip, who combined for 50 points.
“They were unbelievable,” Storbakken said. “I think Howard missed two shots. And they were contested.
“Last time (a 56-45 win at Craig in November), they didn’t shoot the ball that well,” Storbakken said. “Tonight they were a real deal. And our kids played well.”
Howard finished with 30 points. Filip had 20.
That was enough to overcome another fine game turned in by Craig sophomore Cassie Goswick, who finished with 22 points. Goswick had six of the Cougars’ 10 3-pointers.
Junior Emily Pearson had the other four en route to a 14-point game. Sophomore Hannah Dunlavy added 10 points.
“Sometimes you just have to credit the other team,” Storbakken said. “They are senior-dominated. Our kids were right there.”
The path doesn’t get any easier for the Cougars, now 4-7 in the Big Eight and 7-8 overall. First-place Sun Prairie comes to town Saturday night.
EAST 74, CRAIG 59
Craig (54)—Pierson 5-0-14; Parkhurst 2-0-4; Elgas 3-0-6; Fieiras 1-1-3; Goswick 8-0-22; Dunlavy 5-0-10. Totals: 24-1-54.
East (74)—Filip 6-5-20; J. Connors 2-5-9; Bently 1-3-5; Howard 14-1-30; Mosberry 2-2-8; A. Connors 1-0-2. Totals: 26-16-74.
Janesville Craig 24 35—59
Madison East 35 39—74
3-point goals—Craig 10 (Pierson 4, Goswick 6), East 6 (Filip 3, Howard, Mosberry 2. Free throws missed—Craig 1, East 4. Totals fouls—Craig 14, East 7.