Photo by Lori PoteetKonner Smith came off the bench and led CHS with 17 points Tuesday.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Konner Smith came off the bench and led CHS with 17 points Tuesday.
Taking care of the basketball and not turning it over to the opposing team. That is the number one goal of every high school basketball team in the state of Indiana. Tuesday night, that aspect of the game made the difference on the scoreboard in the end. Crawfordsville (6-14, 1-6) only committed four turnovers on the evening, defeating visiting Attica 61-53. The Red Ramblers (8-8), on the other hand, gave the Athenians 11 extra possessions in the game.

"We average 18 turnovers a game," Crawfordsville coach David Pierce said. "So that is a big step in the right direction. We work on it in practice, and usually we waste a few timeouts to save kids from getting turnovers. At this time in the season I think our kids are starting to figure it out, how to avoid traps, and other various situations."

The game was close at the half, with each team connecting on just under 50 percent from the field. Crawfordsville held a slim 2 point lead 30-28.

Crawfordsville's Devin Guard came off the bench and knocked down three of four from long range in the first half, finishing with 14 on the night.

"They did shoot the ball well," Attica coach Jake Turner said. "We knew (Devin) Guard was a shooter, and we gave him three wide open looks in the first half."

The game was tight going into the final stanza, and Attica found themselves down only four, 45-41. Ultimately, the Red Ramblers could not keep the Athenians off the scoreboard late, as Sam Page connected on 10 of 13 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win for Crawfordsville.

"Defensively we could not get stops in order to tie the game or take the lead in the second half, we were constantly fighting from behind," Red Rambler coach Turner stated.

Midway thru the fourth quarter, Crawfordsville's sixth man, Konner Smith deflected a ball then took it right off the nose on the defensive end. Coming back the other way, his nose started to bleed profusely. Staying within the offense, Smith calmly buried a three from the top of the key, and finally the officials stopped the game and the trainer tended to Smiths bloodied nose. IHSAA rules dictate that a player may not play with blood on the uniform, so Smith returned to the ball game with a different numbered jersey, and finished with a team high 17 points.

"It was a great deflection, and coming off the bench, Konner Smith shot 50 percent from field goal range, and had a huge night for us," Crawfordsville coach Pierce said.

Crawfordsville is off until Friday when they head to Sagamore Conference leading Danville and try to play the role of spoiler. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm.

Attica also returns to action Friday as they travel to Rockville for a 7:30 p.m. tip.