The Paper photo by Lori Poteet 
Paige Schueren celebrated her senior night with the game high 17 points.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet
Paige Schueren celebrated her senior night with the game high 17 points.

Paige Schueren knew it was going to be her night Friday, even before she took to the floor. As the Lady Athenians' only senior basketball player, Schueren made sure senior night would be remembered for more than roses and balloons.

The 5-4 guard scored a game-high 17 points to lead her Lady Athenians to their first conference win, 48-33 over Frankfort.

“It was a great feeling, tonight,” gleamed Schueren. “We all seemed to come together and play really well. All I wanted to do is to play really hard, since I knew this was the last time I would play on the home floor.”

Schueren's quick start set the tone for the night, scoring most of her points in the first half. She also had six rebounds, three steals, and two assists on the night.

“Paige had a great start,” Crawfordsville coach Tony Thomas said. “They hit her with a box-and-one, then double-teamed her, then even triple-teamed her. She still came through with a big night.”

The Sagamore Athletic Conference win was also highlighted by the career shooting night of Fabiola Castro. The 5-1 junior had two points in the first half then erupted for twelve more in the second half to end with a career best 14.

“We won the game by 15 and Fab had 14 on her own. That should tell you how much she was a factor,” said Thomas.

Crawfordsville (2-20, 1-6 SAC) raced out to a 14-4 lead at the first break, and then withstood brief runs by Frankfort (1-22, 0-7 SAC) to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the game.

Frankfort was led by Tanis Olivas' eleven points.

“This was the first time all season that we've been ranked higher than our opponent,” beamed a joyful Thomas. “This is a good feeling going into the Sectional game with Lebanon.”

As for Schueren, she knows what it takes to turn in a big performance. “I always try to play hard, but tonight I just tried to play even a little bit harder.”

Crawfordsville meets the state No. 10 Tigers at the Western Boone Sectional on Tuesday night.