The Crawfordsville girls’ basketball team had a tall order
Tuesday in the first game of Sectional 25 play against the Lebanon Tigers. The
Tigers were undefeated in the Sagamore Athletic Conference and they showed
their dominance in a 19-0 start on their way to a 71-31 win.
The Athenians found two lights to help guide them through
with senior Paige Schueren’s 3-pointers and sophomore Jazmine Hall’s
“What a great way for Paige to go out,” Athenian coach Tony
Thomas said. “Her last several games she has done a really nice job.”
After Schueren’s 17 points in Crawfordsville’s win against
Frankfort, she put up 20 points with six 3-pointers to end her high school
career. She ended fourth in all-time 3-pointers (98) for Crawfordsville girls
and was one away from tying the school record with Holly Thompson and Abby
Thomas for seven in a game.
“We went out with a good finish,” Schueren said. “It was
nice to give the assists to the team and to play as a team.”
Her first three bumped the first quarter score to 26-7. Her
next three 3’s in the second quarter helped the Athenians to their quarter-high
of 13 points with Lebanon only getting 16.
However, the pressure was too much for the young Athenians
and the Tigers sprinted away with the game after the half.
“The kids played hard,” Thomas said. “They were frustrated
at times with the pressure. Lebanon gets you playing faster than what you are
comfortable playing and before long you are making mistakes you never made
The second ray of hope was the Athenians’ rebounding.
Sophomore Jazmine Hall ended with 10 rebounds and eight points. She has been
averaging about 15 per game.
“They worked hard to keep her off the glass,” Thomas said.
However, despite being outrebounded 27-24, Lebanon caused 32
Athenian turnovers with their full-court press which was Crawfordsville’s
“At first you got to get the ball inbounds then you have to
avoid the double team and make a pass then you have to get it across half-court
line then you got to run an offense and then you got to get a good shot,”
Thomas pleaded. “There’s too many of those “you gotta” for a young team to do.”
Tiger Kristen Spolyar finished with 36 points for the
game-high. Brooke Montgomery went 4-for-4 in the first quarter ending with 22.
Crawfordsville finished 2-21, 1-6 SAC while Lebanon will
continue to Wednesday’s game against Greencastle at 6 p.m.
“The losing did not bother me because I thought, for the
most part, we continually improved which was out theme this year,” Thomas
concluded. He added that Schueren has been the only player he coached for five
seasons (one in sixth grade).
“She has had a sterling career at the school with
volleyball, soccer, track and basketball as well as being No. 10 student in the
class,” he said. “She is the only player I will ever coach for five seasons so
she is a special kid in a lot of ways. It has been a lot of fun.”
The senior gave some words of parting advice to the team for
“Continue to learn and trust in each other. Definitely build
off all the experiences and memories you’ve had this year because they will fly
by and before you know it, you will be a senior tomorrow.”