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  • Friday, March 13, 2015 2:55 PM
    As long as basketball exists in Indiana, people will always contemplate their area's ultimate team. This year the girls' all-county teams, as voted on by the Montgomery County and staff of The Paper, consist of players from each of the three schools.

    Lacey Garrett, Erika Brooks and Paige Schueren took three of the top five spots in the voting for Crawfordsville. Garrett averaged 18.7 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Brooks averaged 9.6 points per game, and Schueren came in just under that mark as she averaged 9.4 points per game.

    Southmont's Aarika McKinsey and North Montgomery's Cheyenne Warren round off the coveted first-team.

    Southmont's Reagan Case, Brittany Barrett and Kasey Burton, earned spots on the second All-County team. North's Becca Adams narrowly missed a first-team placement, giving her the number six spot in voting overall. Crawfordsville's Kimberly Hampton rounded out the lineup for the second team.

    Crawfordsville finished the 2014-2015 season with a 12-11 (2-5 SAC) record. North Montgomery went 4-18 (0-7 SAC) and Southmont finished 4-18 (1-6 SAC).

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  • Garrett, leader on and off the court
    Friday, March 13, 2015 2:52 PM
    Starting in virtually every game since entering high school in 2011, Crawfordsville senior Lacey Garrett has undoubtedly seen success in her high school basketball career. Now, with her senior season over and graduation in sight, the 2015 valedictorian looks toward the future. In her final season, Garrett has been named the Montgomery County Girls' Basketball Player of the Year.

    Garrett signed a national letter of intent on Oct. 27, 2014 to play basketball for Taylor University in Northeastern Indiana. After four months, she said she's still confident with her decision. Focusing on academics as well as sports, she said, will challenge her in new ways.

    "It'll be an adjustment for sure," Garrett said. "There are going to be all these different athletes from all different places who were all starters for their school, I'm very excited for that opportunity."

    Garrett rewrote the record books at Crawfordsville thrice over. She leaves as the all-time leader in steals and assists, and became a 1,000-point scorer earlier this season as well. According to coach Tony Thomas, only four other girls in the school's history have accomplished such a feat.

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  • Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:27 AM
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference release its all-conference teams for girls' basketball on Thursday and Crawfordsville's Lacey Garrett was named a first-teamer.

    Garrett was the only Montgomery County athlete on the first or second team. This year, the Athenian senior averaged 18.7 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, 5.4 assists per game, 4.6 steals per game and became only the fourth girl in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
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  • Friday, February 13, 2015 6:25 PM
    LEBANON - The Crawfordsville Athenians girls' basketball team knew going into Sectional 25 action that Lebanon would be a tough opponent. The Class 3A No. 5 Lady Tigers did not disappoint, defeating the Lady Athenians 71-35, moving on to the sectional finals Saturday evening at Lebanon.

    The first quarter was all Lebanon (21-3, 7-0 Sagamore Athletic Conference). The Lady Tigers got out to a hot start, and made some early buckets led by a pair of second year players in Brooke Montgomery and Kassidi Cadle. Lebanon raced out to a 20-5 lead after the first period of action.
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  • Lady Athenians embrace challenge of No. 5 Lebanon
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:21 PM
    The Crawfordsville girls' basketball team has drawn the daunting task of facing one of the state's top ranked teams in the first round of the IHSAA Class 3A Sectional 25. In addition, the Lebanon Lady Tigers will be playing in front of a home crowd on their home floor. The Lady Athenians aren't interested in dodging the task.

    "We are looking forward to the challenge," Crawfordsville coach Tony Thomas said. "They (the Tigers) are a great team, and boast a great player in Kristen Spolyar, who dropped 45 on us in November, so we have our work cut out."

    That great player coach Thomas alluded to, Spolyar is a junior and has already verbally committed to play basketball at Butler. She leads the state of Indiana in scoring, at 32.7 points per contest. She has scored 751 points in just her junior campaign, making nearly 58 percent of her shots. She also pulls down 9.4 rebounds per game, and dishes out 4.3 assists.
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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 4:22 PM
    Below are Hoosier Basketball Magazine's Top 100 senior girls' high school players for 2014-2015 as compiled by Garry H. Donna, publisher of Hoosier Basketball Magazine. Lacey Garrett, a senior at Crawfordsville made the list. She is the only Montgomery County athlete on the list.

    This compilation is the result of direct observation of hundreds of games during the past season as well as contact and discussion with numerous Indiana Basketball Coaches Association coaches, sportswriters, sportscasters, college recruiters and referees throughout Indiana.
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  • Friday, February 06, 2015 7:23 PM
    DOVER - The Crawfordsville girls basketball team took a 3-0 lead on the opening possession of the game Friday night against Western Boone.

    After that, it was all Lady Stars. Western Boone went on an 18-0 run over the next 13:30 and never trailed again in a 54-42 victory.

    Erika Brooks hit a 3-pointer to give the Athenians the first points of the game.

    But after that, Crawfordsville missed their next 25 shots from the field.

    Rachel Ramey scored nine points in the 18-0 run that followed as the Stars took an 18-3 lead.

    "It is tough to recover from an 18-3 start," Crawfordsville head coach Tony Thomas said. "We shot the ball really well on Tuesday night against Hamilton Heights. Sometimes when you make as many 3s as we did you think you can do it every night. We just refused to look inside and only had one inside basket all half. Just a tough game."

    The Stars led by 13 at the half.

    The Athenians played better in the third quarter, scoring the first five points in the quarter and at one point getting within five at 32-27 with 2:08 left in the half.

    But Western Boone scored the last four points of the third quarter and five of the first seven in the fourth quarter to re-establish their double-digit lead.

    Crawfordsville got no closer than 11 in the fourth quarter.

    Lacey Garrett led Crawfordsville with 20 points, six steals and four assists. Brooks added nine.
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  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 5:20 PM
    DOVER - Seven points separated the Crawfordsville and Western Boone girls' basketball teams in the championship of the Sugar Creek Classic, sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville.

    That matchup was on Nov. 22 and it was the fourth game of the season for the Stars and fifth for the Athenians. It went the way of WeBo, 57-50.

    Crawfordsville can get redemption Friday night when they travel down 32 to take on the Stars (12-10, 3-3 SAC).

    "WeBo is a tough matchup for us because of their overall strength," Crawfordsville head coach Tony Thomas said. "They out-rebounded us in the Sugar Creek Classic and got too many second-chance points."
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  • Career high night puts Lacey Garrett in the 1,000 point club
    Tuesday, February 03, 2015 7:22 PM
    Crawfordsville senior Lacey Garrett came into Tuesday's game at home against Hamilton Heights looking to solidify her spot as the Crawfordsville all-time steals leader. She did that.

    She also dropped a career-high 29 points on the Huskies to become Crawfordsville's fourth-ever female 1,000 point scorer. Garrett needed 26 points to hit the milestone. She accomplished that on a free throw in the fourth quarter as the Athenians beat the Huskies 78-61.

    "I thought it would come Friday against Western Boone," Crawfordsville head coach Tony Thomas said. "The summer before her freshman season she was our best player that summer. After that summer I thought she deserved to be a starter. I just thought from day one, Lacey has been a good leader. I've watched her mature over time. She's a great kid with great parents. I was glad that there was a dead ball at the end so that we could get our seniors out and everyone could give them a hand."
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  • Spotlight shines
on Lacey Garrett
    Tuesday, February 03, 2015 7:21 PM
    Hello world!

    Well, she did it.

    Lacey Garrett joined Mandi Johnson, Cari Fruits and Alex Gasaway in the female 1,000 career point club at Crawfordsville High School.

    Garrett needed 26 points Tuesday night against a very good Hamilton Heights team to hit the milestone and she finished the night with a career-high 29. She also solidified her spot as the all-time assists leader, adding six assists to bring that total to 369. She's also the all-time steals leader at CHS.

    Garrett is very deserving of all the recognition she gets for her effort on the court. She works as hard as anyone in practice and is a Valedictorian of her senior class at Crawfordsville. She's a leader on and off the court.

    Garrett is also an excellent volleyball player, but it's clear that basketball is her passion.
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  • Monday, February 02, 2015 3:55 PM
    The pairings for the IHSAA girls' basketball sectionals were released on Sunday and Montgomery County teams found themselves with varying levels of difficulties in their sectional openers.

    In Class 2A sectional 38, Southmont (4-16) will travel to Fountain Central on Feb. 6 to kick off their postseason with Riverton Parke (13-9). The Mounties are the defending sectional champions, but lost nearly all their scoring from that squad.
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  • Friday, January 30, 2015 7:09 PM
    FRANKFORT - The Crawfordsville Lady Athenians played perhaps one of their best quarters, and maybe halves, of the season Friday in Frankfort. Unfortunately, their strong play wasn't enough in the end, as the Hot Dogs celebrated their Senior Night with a 61-51 win.

    Crawfordsville committed just two turnovers in the first quarter, shot 75 percent, 8-of-12, from the field, which included 80 percent, 4-of-5, from beyond the arc. Erika Brooks was a perfect 4of-4 in the quarter, with two 3-point baskets to lead the team with 10. Lacey Garrett chipped in eight.
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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:20 PM
    Crawfordsville's Lady Athenians (11-8, 2-3 SAC) visit Case Arena Friday evening looking to even their Sagamore Athletic Conference record, as they battle the Frankfort Lady Hot Dogs.

    Crawfordsville enters with some momentum, as they're currently on a 4-game winning streak. During that span, they've averaged nearly 55 points per game, while only surrendering 33.
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  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:57 PM
    CAYUGA - The Crawfordsville girls are hitting their stride at just the right time. The Lady Athenian basketball team won its fourth straight contest on Tuesday, 52-35 at North Vermillion.

    Once again, Lacey Garrett was the star of the show. The senior point guard poured in 23 points for the Lady Athenians. Fellow senior Emily Seybold helped out with 13 points. Erika Brooks and Kim Hampton each added six and Paige Schueren rounded out the scoring with four points.

    The game was Crawfordsville's from the start. They jumped ahead to an 11-6 advantage after a quarter and kept it up, extending their lead to 24-14 at intermission.

    North Vermillion battled to pull two points closer after three quarters, but the Athenians put it away, winning the fourth 15-6 for the final.
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  • Lady Athenians take county crown
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:47 PM
    In the game of basketball, if you shoot a better percentage, and outrebound, your opponent, you have a very good chance of winning. Unfortunately for the Southmont Lady Mounties, those two stats didn't lead to a win, as the Lady Athenians sent their seniors out on a winning note, claiming the County Championship, 53-40 Saturday night on their home court.

    Southmont played inspired basketball from the opening tip. They shot 67 percent from the floor in the first quarter, including 2-2 from distance, to take a 10-9 lead after one.

    "We talked about playing with heart but not emotion," said Mountie coach Susan McVay. "We knew there weren't a lot of believers, with us coming in at 3-13, that thought we could hang with them. I've got nothing but pride for the way the girls played tonight."

    Both teams had to battle foul trouble in the first half. Lacey Garrett left the game with two fouls, and a bloody eye, in the first 1:45 of the game. She would sit the remainder of the quarter.

    Aarika McKinsey and Brittany Barrett picked up their second fouls with 6:00 remaining, and the Mounties holding a 12-9 lead.
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