The Crawfordsville Athenian boys’ basketball team was back in action Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Riverton Parke Panthers. In their last game back on Feb. 1, the Athenians were defeated by Northview after going ice cold in the fourth quarter. This time the well-rested Athenians were able to get back into the win column as they defeated the Panthers 67-52.

After the first quarter the Athenian offense was able to put up 22 points, but allowed the Panthers to score 18 of their own to keep the game close. Head Coach David Pierce then made a defensive switch to start the second quarter and that allowed Crawfordsville to start to build a lead. 

“That switch allowed us to run and jump a little more,” Pierce said. “We brought in Cole (Watt), and Ty (Lynas), both who have great speed. Tonight we did a great job of getting the ball inside a lot. Because of that success they were forced to go into a zone, then after that we were able to control the game.” 

The Athenians had very balanced scoring attack with eight total players getting in on the scoring action. Pierce credited many of his players after the game. 

“I though Mekhi Wallace had a heck of nigh tonight,” Pierce said. “He finishes with six points and seven rebounds in limited minutes, but was still very effective when he got his chances. Ziair Morgan ended with 12 points for us and that was big because he’s been struggling a little bit of late. Then Jesse led way and was super-efficient going 5-7 from the field and 5-6 from the line to lead us with 17.”

Next up on the schedule for the Athenians will be on Tuesday night as they host the Western Boone Stars (8-7). The matchup will be a re-match of what was an epic Sugar Creek Classic championship game between the two teams back on Jan. 11. The Stars pulled out a 59-54 win over the Athenians in that matchup. Pierce talked about what has to happen differently in the re-match for his team to come out on top. 

“I think we aren’t the same team that we were back then,” Pierce said. “Our young guys have had more experience and more efficient now. WeBo’s been playing with a ton of confidence and it’s going to be a hard game. We’re going to have to defend their physicality again and be patient. A lot of the game will come down to our defense. If they score above 55 points, you’re usually in trouble so we’re going to have to play really solid defense and if we do that, then we’ll have a shot.” 

The win for the Athenians improves their record to 10-7 (2-2 SAC). 

Mounties down Ramblers, excel from FT line

ATTICA – The Southmont Mounties boys’ basketball team hit the road Saturday afternoon as they traveled to take on the Attica Red Ramblers. Shooting a very efficient 19-23 from the free-throw line, the Mounties were able to pick up a 63-50 win. 

Despite Senior Dalton Bush scoring a game-high 29 points for the Red Ramblers, the Mounties didn’t allow anyone else to crack double digits. 
On the flip side Southmont used a balanced scoring attack as Austin Bowman led the way with 19 points and six rebounds, Sophomore Avery Saunders ended with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Logan Oppy recorded 13 points and five rebounds in the win. Connor McVay also added in eight. 

The win for the Mounties improves their record to 5-11 (2-3 SAC) on the season. The Mounties will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to take on SAC opponent Tri-West (7-8).