James Gineris led the Crawfordsville sharpshooters, and the Athenian defense showed little af-fection toward visiting Attica, gunning down the visitors 69-51 on St. Valentine’s Day, Tuesday.
Gineris recorded game high honors for Crawfordsville (14-6, SAC 4-2) with 24 points, and was joined in double figures by Cameron Harris with 16, and Devin Guard, who came off the bench for 10.
The Athenians exploded in the first quarter, racing out to a 24-8 lead on 9-of-12 shooting. Craw-fordsville ended the game shooting 52 percent from the floor, while limiting the Ramblers (7-11, WRC 4-3) to only 13 made buckets.
“We were nervous. Attica is tough, and Jake [Coach Turner] always has them playing hard,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce. “They have four really good players. We held them to eight points in the first quarter, and that was huge.”
The Ramblers got 17 points each from Chase Little and James Harmeson, but Crawfordsville al-lowed only two other Ramblers to score in the contest. Attica did connect on 21-of-25 charity throws, which kept the Ramblers relevant.
“The only shots they took in the first quarter were free throws or tough shots,” commented Pierce. “Our defense was exceptional, and that turned into transition baskets.”
“Our two main points tonight were either get to the rim, or get to the free throw line. We felt we needed to get them into foul trouble,” added the coach. “I was pleased with our shot selection. We either got to the rim, or kicked out for the wide open three.”
Crawfordsville shot 50 percent from the arc, going 9-for-18 from outside.
Crawfordsville played without the services of Daulton Bridgewater, who was sidelined with ill-ness, but Pierce was able to go deep into his bench when Jack Sommers picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth quarter.
“We had some JV guys come in tonight and get some minutes that were key.” said Pierce. “They helped us get through that.”
The Athenians put the brakes on a two game slide, and need an upset win at Danville (14-7, SAC 5-1), Friday, and an upset loss by Tri-West at North Montgomery on Saturday to claim the faint SAC share.
“The key against Danville is to play defensively the way we did tonight. They are six, seven, eight deep. We won’t be able to help on defense as much,” predicted the coach.


Crawfordsville 69, Attica 51
Attica 8 13 12 18 51
Crawfordsville 24 17 11 17 69

Attica
Player FG FT Reb F PTS
Little 4-9 8-8 0 4 17
Harmeson 5-9 4-6 0 9 17
Burris 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
Martin 2-5 3-5 0 3 7
Durham 2-7 6-6 0 1 10
Sheridan 0-2 0-0 0 3 0
Wagoner 0-1 0-0 0 1 0
Waterman 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Total 13-34 21-25 0 21 51
FG%: 0.382 FT%: 0.840 Team Rebounds: 2 (3-FG: Little, 1-3; Harmeson, 3-5; Durham, 0-2; Martin, 0-1; Sheridan, 0-2; Burris, 0-1)

Crawfordsville
Player FG FT Reb F PTS
Gineris 8-11 5-7 3 3 24
Harris 5-10 2-2 4 2 16
Johnson 2-2 2-2 8 3 6
Sommer 2-7 0-0 3 4 4
Stewart 2-3 0-0 0 3 4
Guard 4-8 1-1 2 1 10
Williamson 2-4 0-0 0 0 5
Gonzales 0-1 0-0 0 0 0
Kellerman 0-2 0-0 1 2 0
Saunders 0-0 0-0 2 0 0
Total 25-48 10-12 25 18 69
FG%: 0.520 FT%: 0.833 Team Rebounds: 2 (3-FG: Guard, 1-3; Generis, 3-3; Harris, 4-5; Wil-liamson, 1-2, Sommer; 0-3; Kellerman, 0-1; Gonzales, 0-1)