FRANKFORT -- Crawfordsville travels to Frankfort Friday evening looking to build upon their recent success. They enter, having won three of their last five, and have seen major improvements in all facets of their game.

"It took us half the season for guys to figure some things out," said Athenian mentor David Pierce. "The guys are coming together as a team, and team chemistry is much better.

"It wasn't anything negative," continued Pierce. "They just didn't know one another and hadn't played together. But, it's starting to go in the right direction."

The Hot Dogs (5-10, 1-2 SAC) enter on a two-game slide, with losses to Lafayette Central Catholic and 4A Zionsville. They are led in scoring by junior Jarrod Smith, who averages nearly 17 points per game. Senior Luis Medina and sophomore Carter Taylor average 10.4 and 8.1 respectively.

"We'll try to contain Jarrod," added Pierce. "He was their sixth, or seventh, man last year on a really good team. He can play inside and outside. He's tough and has endless energy.

"We'd like to try to keep Medina around eight points," continued Pierce. "We'll need to double Carter in the post and make him give it up. We'll also have to box him out, so he doesn't get second chance opportunities."

Crawfordsville (4-10, 1-2 SAC) is led in scoring by junior Konnor Smith, he's averaging 9-points per game. Junior Ryan Barr, and sophomore, Trent Johnson, each average over seven points. Johnson is also the leading rebounder at five per game.

When asked what the crowd should expect Friday, Coach Pierce said, "An absolute blood bath. Anytime we go to Frankfort, it's a really physical game.

"Plus, they're an extremely physical team this year," continued Pierce. "Every game they've played has been an alley fight. They play defense and rebound well, however, they struggle on offense. So, if we can play good defense, like we usually do, and hit a few shots, we should have a chance."

The Athenians offense has been the catalyst of their recent success. "We've been playing well lately," added Pierce. "Our low offensive average is because of how we played earlier in the season. We've been scoring more recently, and we'll need to keep Frankfort under 50 points to have a chance."

Both teams will look to climb their way back to the middle of the Sagamore Conference standings, and start to build momentum as they close in on the end of the season and sectional. Game time will be approximately 7:30 p.m. It will follow the girls' game, which tips at 6 p.m.