March 04, 2014 | 04:51 PMJANESVILLE — The No. 6 Badgers fell to the No. 3 Janesville Craig Cougars 65-48 on Friday night. Badger ended its season 11-12. Last season, Badger was 8-15.
Badger head coach Darin Lottig said his team was nervous before Friday night's game.
"I thought a couple kids struggled with some nerves a little bit in the early stages of the first quarter," Lottig said.
But Badger competed well in the first eight minutes of the game. Down 14-12 by the end of the first quarter, the game was within reach before turnovers took their toll.
Craig scored 16 second-quarter points and held Badger to 10 — a deficit that continued to grow as the game progressed.
The score was 50-38 by the end of the third, and the gap widened at the end of the fourth quarter.
"I thought we played okay at times, though I feel some of our early turnovers hurt our chances to grasp any momentum," Lottig said. "I was pleased they were able to bounce back from our slow start. I wish we could have played more like we're capable of playing. Craig was certainly beatable."
Lincoln Wieseman led the Badgers with 13 points, Jake Kozlowski had 10 and Jake Berhorst scored 8.
"Craig's gym is always a great atmosphere to play in," Lottig said.
Craig played well both offensively and defensively Lottig said.
"The Cougars shot it pretty well from the perimeter Friday night," Lottig said. "A few of their shots were from pretty deep. Their interior defense was pretty solid, too."
Lottig hasn't given much thought to next season yet, he said. He's still evaluating this year's team.
"I think we all had pretty high expectations coming in this year," Lottig said. "But for the majority of the season, we struggled with our defense and turnovers. We lost some games we probably should have won because of it. That is never fun to go through."
Badger will lose six seniors this spring, including all five starters.