Crawford County slides by Lanesville
Neither Crawford County nor visiting Lanesville had a good shooting night last Tuesday, but it was the Lady Pack defense that made the difference. It took a quarter for the Lady Pack to get going, but, when they did, the Lady Eagles had few answers, as Crawford County carried on for a 42-31 win.
‘It’s frustrating for everyone, but it’s a work in progress,’ said Lanesville’s new head coach Angie Hinton, who is teaching the Lady Eagles a new system. ‘It’s a change of everything that they’re doing. We have to be better ball-handlers. We have to be better passers. Just keep working on our fundamentals and hope by the end of the season we’ll be where we want to be.’
‘I think it was overall a great night for our basketball program,’ said Crawford County coach Chris Broughton, whose team honored the school’s Developmental Skills class before the game. ‘I told the kids after the game I hope they really learned a valuable lesson, not just about basketball but inclusion. I just thought it was a great night for the basketball program.’
The two teams played evenly through the first period but had a few problems finding the bottom of the basket. Crawford County hit just three of its 13 field-goal attempts, while Lanesville managed to make four of its 10.
The biggest stat, however, was turnovers, as the Lady Eagles coughed up the ball eight times to Crawford County’s two.
When the final buzzer of the period went off, the two teams had played to a 10-all tie.
‘The kids were really focused,’ Hinton said of her players. ‘I was really happy with how competitive we were with that, but they just kind of spread us out. They know what they’re doing with their team. They spread our defense out, and we didn’t get to where we belonged to be able to counteract what they were doing with their offense. Our defense wasn’t matching up very well.’
‘We tell them all the time that teams might play with you early,’ Broughton said. ‘Lanesville is a good basketball team, so they’re going to play with us early and into the second quarter some.’
Crawford County scored the first four points of the second period, but Gracie Adams countered with a pair from the charity stripe to keep Lanesville within two. Crawford County then went on its biggest surge of the night, a 12-0 run, with Brooke Elliott drilling a pair of 3s.
Adams got two of those back, but the Lady Pack’s Addy Simpson negated those with a bucket in the paint. Adams got the last point of the half from the line, and Crawford County had a 27-15 lead at the break.
Lanesville hit no field goals during the quarter.
‘I just think our defensive intensity, and we’re constantly on you, I think that wore on them a little bit and that allowed us to make a little run there in the second quarter and then again in the third quarter,’ Broughton said. ‘It was just our constant pressure and not letting you have any easy possessions, no free catches, all that stuff we talk about. I think that really came into play tonight.’
‘We just don’t help ourselves,’ Hinton said. ‘They’re a good team at controlling the basketball, so we really had to come out and try to double-team … We’re still searching for kids to do things and trying to find our identity out there with kids.’
Simpson and Schigur got back-to-back buckets to begin the third quarter. Crawford County was maintaining ball control throughout the quarter, and the Lady Pack defense caused the Lady Eagles constant handling problems as the Lady Eagles committed four turnovers on five possessions.
Crawford County’s Cally Jo Sturgeon sank a pair of free throws with just over 12 seconds left in the quarter, and the Lady Pack had a 36-19 lead with one quarter to play.
‘That’s something we’ve got to work on, too,’ Broughton said of controlling the ball. ‘We went to a 2-3 spread there and put five ball-handlers on the floor. That’s something we’ll work on, spreading it out and get in some driving lanes and just kind of work in there.’
‘We did some good things, breaking their press,’ Hinton said, ‘but then we just couldn’t really finish and capitalize on the other end.’
Crawford County continued to handle the ball in the fourth quarter but had several hiccups leading to seven turnovers in the final eight minutes.
Lanesville found an opening to make a run and put the ball in the air 11 times, hitting five of those. Adams got Lanesville’s two final baskets of the game, but the Lady Eagles were still well short as the Lady Pack got the 42-31 win.
‘They had the ball a lot, and we were having to get out and kind of come out of our defense a little bit,’ Hinton said. ‘It’s hard when you’re going against a veteran team that knows their plays and knows what they want to do. They just kind of picked our defense apart.’
Crawford County ran multiple rotations all night, keeping fresh bodies on the floor.
‘We’re still trying to figure that out now that Addy’s back,’ Broughton said. ‘We have a certain lineup that we really like when we put her in and Aimsley (Logsdon) and Autumn (Schigur) and then either Cally (Sturgeon) or Brooke (Elliott). We can play a lot of different defenses. We have certain kids that we like in certain areas on those defenses. Then, a lot of times, if we get the ball, we’ll put Lexie (Fraime) in for offense, just trying to figure those things out. We played 12 kids tonight. Everybody contributed, and that’s the way it should be.’
Simpson led the Lady Pack in her first game back from illness with 14 points, and Elliott finished with 12. Crawford County was 11 of 37 from the field (30 percent) and 17 of 24 from the free-throw line. The Lady Pack had 13 turnovers.
Broughton said it was good to have Simpson back but he doesn’t want any of his players to loosen up on their aggressiveness.
‘We want the other kids to feel like that, too. ‘Hey, keep playing the way you’re playing without her’,’ Broughton said. ‘I think we continue to do that. I think Brooke had a nice game tonight, really shot the ball well and was aggressive. Cally Jo was aggressive. Autumn was aggressive.’
Adams had 19 points for the Lady Eagles; she was just one of three players to score. Lanesville hit 10-of-35 field-goal attempts (29 percent) and was 2 of 6 from the charity stripe. The Lady Eagles struggled with their ball handling, committing 24 turnovers.
After wins against Tell City and the Lady Eagles, Crawford County is looking at a few days off to get some good practice time in before its next outing, at Perry Central in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference game.
‘Now, we can kind of take a deep breath here,’ Broughton said. ‘We don’t play for nine days, and now we get to have some actual practice time. We’ve got five practices before we play. On the schedule, it’s been practice, play, practice, play, and, in those kind of practices, we’ve just been preparing to play the other team. So, now we can actually practice and get after it and work on some of our stuff. I’m just excited about what’s to come.’
Lanesville ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ 10 5 4 12 ‘ 31
Crawford County 10 17 9 6 ‘ 42
Lanesville (4-4) ‘ Brumley 8, Adams 19, Haire 4
Crawford County (5-3) ‘ Schigur 7, Simpson 14, Elliott 12, Nickelson 4, Sturgeon 4, Logsdon 1
3-point goals ‘ Lanesville 2 (Brumley 2); Crawford County 3 (Sturgeon 3).