The Crawfordsville Athenians fought a valiant first half
against a Sagamore Athletic Conference leader in the Danville Warriors Friday
The Athenians went into halftime up by one but forfeited
their lead after the first six minutes of the third. The Warriors (19-4, 6-1
SAC) came out on top 57-34 with their final SAC victory to give them a share of
the conference title with the Tri-West Bruins and the Lebanon Tigers.
Crawfordsville was tormented by turnovers throughout the
game but the Warriors were able to more successfully convert them in the second
“The difference in the second half was they scored off of
our turnovers,” Athenian coach David Pierce said.
Danville ended up scoring 22 points off of over 20
A low scoring first half had the Warriors go on a nine-point
streak to start the game but was counteracted with six from the Athenians, the
first three coming from an ‘and-1’ by Jack Sommers. The second quarter saw the
Athenians outscore the Warriors 9-5.
“In the first half we executed our game plan of being
patient and taking some time off,” Pierce said. “They want to get up and down
and pressure the steals. They want to play at a high tempo.”
Due to the plethora of turnovers, Crawfordsville only shot
16 field goals in the first half, making six of them while the Warriors were
plagued by shooting problems, going 6-for-24 (25 percent) in the half.
The Warriors came out a different ball club in the third utilizing
multiple offensive weapons taking aim. They went 16-for-27 in the second half
(59 percent) while the Athenians just could not get enough shots off.
Warrior Jake Elliot put up all of his 10 points in the
second half. A total of six Warriors scored between eight and 10 points. Alec
Burton put in nine with 10 rebounds.
The Athenians had 25 of their 34 points off of the bench
between Sommer and Cameron Harris. Harris went 4-for-6 and 3-for-3 on
3-pointers. The seniors led the rebounding game with seven from Ryan Barr and
six from Konnor Smith.
“I thought Barr and Konnor played really hard in their last
chance to play on home court,” Peirce said. “They come from really good
families that have raised two great young men.”
The Athenians (8-13, 1-6 SAC) will finish seventh or eighth
in the conference depending on South’s game verse Frankfort Saturday. Their
last game will be at Covington next Friday at 7:30 p.m.