Crawfordsville celebrated Senior Night Friday evening by hosting Class A, No. 1 Covington. Looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, their fourth quarter comeback came up just short as they fell 66-53.

Covington was on fire shooting 63 percent in the first quarter, as they raced out to a 13-point lead, 23-10.

"They were unconscious in the first," said Athenian coach David Pierce. "We allowed guys to penetrate, and we couldn't commit completely, because it left a good shooter wide open," continued Pierce. "Their shooting is one of the reasons they're the number one team in Class A."

The Trojans opened the second quarter on a 5-0 run to gain their largest lead of the game at 18, 28-10. However, the Athenians would close the quarter on a 9-3 run to trail 31-19 at the break.

"We switched to zone in the second quarter to stop penetration, and it threw them off a little," commented Pierce. "They started missing some threes (0-of-6), which allowed us to outscore them 9-8."

Covington shot 40 percent from the field in the first half compared to the Athenians 36. The Trojans out rebounded Crawfordsville 20-10 allowing them to have eight more shot attempts.

The Athenians cut the lead to ten a minute and a half into the third, 33-23, but a 12-4 Trojan run opened the lead back to 18 headed to the fourth.

Crawfordsville may have played their best eight minutes of basketball in the fourth, led by their four seniors.

Trailing by 18 at the 6:00 mark, the Athenians went on a 14-4 run over the next two minutes to close the gap to eight, 51-43.

After a three by Griffin Spring and a basket by Bryce Cooper, Crawfordsville again cut it to four on a 3-pointer by Skylar Daniels at the 1:47 mark.

Cooper and Elliott Stewart traded free-throws to keep it an 8-point game with 1:24 remaining. However, the Trojans would hit 7-8 from the charity stripe to close out the 66-53 win.

Coach Pierce was proud of the effort throughout the game, but especially in the fourth.

"That was just four seniors giving it everything they had one last time on their home court. We were 6-15 going into this game, and we played hard until the very end. That says a lot about our character."

The Trojans (22-1) had three in double figures. Travis Coleman finished with 21. Cooper chipped in 18 and leading scorer Chandler Spring finished with 15.

Crawfordsville (6-16) was led in scoring by Konnor Smith with 14. Elliott Stewart came off the bench and finished with 12. The Athenians out rebounded the Trojans 11-5 in the second half.

Friday marked the final time the four Athenian seniors, Nick Corbin, Daniels, Tanner Hutson and Sam Page, played in front of their home crowd.

"You hate to lose guys that put their heart and soul into the program for seven years," added Pierce. "It was enjoyable to watch them play tonight. They definitely went out with a bang. They accepted the roles they were given and did the best they could with it. It says a lot about who they are as young men, and a lot about their parents raising them."

Both teams will be in action to open Sectional play Tuesday. Covington will travel to North Vermillion to take on defending sectional champion, Lafayette Central Catholic, at 6 p.m. Crawfordsville will travel to Frankfort to take on county, and Sagmore Conference, rival North Montgomery at 7 p.m.