Madison Memorial is just what Janesville Craig needed
The Cougars recorded a 48-19 victory over winless Madison Memorial in Big Eight girls basketball.
“We had Middleton on Saturday, and we really didn’t play very well,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “I was really looking forward to this game.’’
The Cougars flattened the Spartans with a press from the opening tip and netted 17 steals and forced 27 turnovers overall.
“We wanted the kids to come out and play with the effort they did,” Storbakken said. “They really gave it their all.’’
Craig improved to 4-3 in the Big Eight and 5-4 overall. Memorial, which has just one senior on the roster, fell to 0-7 and 0-8 overall.
The rout gave the Cougars momentum heading into Friday night’s showdown with crosstown rival Janesville Parker at Craig.
“I would have hated to play Parker right after last Saturday’s game,” Storbakken said. “This win is good for momentum.’’
The Cougars pounded the Spartans, 17-4, in the first quarter and went on to a 31-14 lead at the half.
Sophomores Alli Calkins and Nicole Kelly scored eight and six points, respectively, in the first half to lead Craig’s charge.
“I made some good passes,” Calkins said. “We did well on the press.”
Calkins admitted she is nervous to play against Parker for the first time, but with nine varsity games under her belt, she thinks her confidence has grown from the first game.
“It’s the middle of the season, and I kind of have my nerves under control,” Calkins said. “It’s a huge difference. My first game, I was really nervous, but now I feel I’m ready.’’
Craig senior Kylee Kennedy, who scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds, said she would lend her support.
“I’ll definitely give my team a little talk,” Kennedy said. “It’s all about team chemistry, and I am willing to do anything to get them to do their best.’’
Kennedy said it’s a big game for both teams.
“It’s a lot of rivalry, and a lot of competition,” Kennedy said. “We just go out there and do our best and hopefully, we’ll come out on top.’’
Storbakken said the Craig-Parker rivalry is intense and the games are filled with surprises.
“With those games, anything can happen,” Storbakken said. “I think (this win) will give our kids a lot of confidence.’’
CRAIG 48, MEMORIAL 19
Memorial (19)—Jost, 0-1-1; Lutz, 0-2-2; Wilson, 2-0-4; Hoyer, 0-2-2; Riese, 4-0-8; Ford, 1-0-2. Totals: 7-5-19.
Craig (48)—Perleberg, 1-0-2; Holzhuter, 0-2-2; Negus, 3-0-7; Crandall, 2-0-4; March, 1-0-2; Kennedy, 3-0-6; Philips, 1-0-3; Kelly, 3-0-6; Calkins, 4-0-8; Sitorius, 0-1-1; Villa, 3-1-7. Totals: 21-4-48
Madison Memorial 4 10 3 2—19
Janesville Craig 17 14 9 8—48
Three-point goals—Craig 2 (Negus, Philips). Free throws missed—Memorial 4, Craig 6. Total fouls—Memorial 7, Craig 7.