Middleton storms past Craig

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Rob Reischel
Sitori Tanin had 19 points to help Middleton’s girls basketball team defeat Janesville Craig last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Janesville Craig can be a tough place for opposing girls’ basketball teams to play.

The Cougars typically field a high-level team. The crowd can get rowdy and there’s a definite homecourt advantage.

None of that bothered Middleton last Friday, though.

The Cardinals got 19 points from University of Loyola recruit Sitori Tanin and four other players scored at least nine points during a 73-54 rout of the host Cougars. Senior forward Kendall Roquet added 13 points, senior forward Karina Bursac scored 11, while senior guards Josie Lemirande and Evie Coleman both had nine points.

Middleton, ranked fifth in Division 1 by the Associated Press, improved to 10-1 overall and is 6-1 in the Big Eight Conference. Craig slipped to 8-3, 5-2.

“They came in and played like the (fifth)-ranked team in the state,” Craig coach Kerry Storbakken said. “Their length gave us trouble on both ends.

“When you can hit shots from the outside like they did, and have the big girls inside like they do, they're a dangerous team, especially come tournament time.”

Craig opened the game in a 2-3 zone. But Middleton, which made seven three-pointers, shot the Cougars out of that.

Middleton led, 17-13, midway through the first half. But the Cardinals’ strong shooting helped them embark on an 8-2 run and grab a 25-15 lead.

Craig never came closer than nine the rest of the night.

“We did some very good things at Craig,” Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. “They opened up in a zone and we moved the ball well. We hit some open threes and then had some nice interior passing to score in the post.

“Once they switched to man-to-man we got a lot inside. We did a much better job finding our posts and took advantage of our size.”

Middleton extended its lead to 34-20 by halftime, then opened the second half with a 15-5 run and surged to a 49-25 lead.

“We were in control most of the game and really broke it open in a stretch early in the second half,” Kind said. “Craig is generally a tough place for us to play. They usually are very competitive down there so I was very pleased to lead from start to finish. We still have some defensive things to clean up and some decision-making that has to get better, but we're continuing to improve.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Sun Prairie Thursday at 7:15 p.m., then hosts Madison La Follette Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

“We have a couple of important games this week heading into exams,” Kind said.


Jan. 3

Middleton 73, Janesville Craig 54

Middleton ..................... 34 39 — 73

Janesville Craig ............. 20 34 — 54

MIDDLETON (fg ft pts) — Lemirande 3 1 9, Tanin 7 4 19, Roquet 4 4 13, Accola 1 1 3, Bursac 5 1 11, Coleman 3 0 9, Monogue 1 0 2, Schwartz 0 1 1, Smith 1 0 2, Abozeid 1 0 2, Hodson 1 0 2. Totals 27 12-19 73.

JANESVILLE CRAIG — Huml 6 0 14, Magestro-Kennedy 1 0 3, Elgas 3 1 7, Fieiras 6 6 19, Dunlavy 1 2 5, Alderman 1 0 2, McBride 2 0 4. Totals 20 9 54

3-point goals: M 7 (coleman 3, Lemirande 2, Tanin 1, Roquet 1); JC 5 (Huml 2, Magestro- Kennedy 1, Fieiras 1, Dunlavy 1). Fouls: M 11; JC 15.



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