The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Konnor Smith and fellow senior Ryan Barr finished with six and seven rebounds, respectively.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Konnor Smith and fellow senior Ryan Barr finished with six and seven rebounds, respectively.

The Crawfordsville Athenians fought a valiant first half against a Sagamore Athletic Conference leader in the Danville Warriors Friday night.

The Athenians went into halftime up by one but forfeited their lead after the first six minutes of the third. The Warriors (19-4, 6-1 SAC) came out on top 57-34 with their final SAC victory to give them a share of the conference title with the Tri-West Bruins and the Lebanon Tigers.

Crawfordsville was tormented by turnovers throughout the game but the Warriors were able to more successfully convert them in the second half.

“The difference in the second half was they scored off of our turnovers,” Athenian coach David Pierce said.

Danville ended up scoring 22 points off of over 20 turnovers.

A low scoring first half had the Warriors go on a nine-point streak to start the game but was counteracted with six from the Athenians, the first three coming from an ‘and-1’ by Jack Sommers. The second quarter saw the Athenians outscore the Warriors 9-5.

“In the first half we executed our game plan of being patient and taking some time off,” Pierce said. “They want to get up and down and pressure the steals. They want to play at a high tempo.”

Due to the plethora of turnovers, Crawfordsville only shot 16 field goals in the first half, making six of them while the Warriors were plagued by shooting problems, going 6-for-24 (25 percent) in the half.

The Warriors came out a different ball club in the third utilizing multiple offensive weapons taking aim. They went 16-for-27 in the second half (59 percent) while the Athenians just could not get enough shots off.

Warrior Jake Elliot put up all of his 10 points in the second half. A total of six Warriors scored between eight and 10 points. Alec Burton put in nine with 10 rebounds.

The Athenians had 25 of their 34 points off of the bench between Sommer and Cameron Harris. Harris went 4-for-6 and 3-for-3 on 3-pointers. The seniors led the rebounding game with seven from Ryan Barr and six from Konnor Smith.

“I thought Barr and Konnor played really hard in their last chance to play on home court,” Peirce said. “They come from really good families that have raised two great young men.”

The Athenians (8-13, 1-6 SAC) will finish seventh or eighth in the conference depending on South’s game verse Frankfort Saturday. Their last game will be at Covington next Friday at 7:30 p.m.