The Paper file photo by Lori PoteetSam Page and CHS hope to not be denied of first win.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Sam Page and CHS hope to not be denied of first win.
LEBANON-Crawfordsville's boys' basketball team is still looking for that first win of the season. The Athenians hope it comes on Friday night but will have to do it on the road against a team that has made a reputation of being one of the toughest in the Sagamore Conference in Lebanon.

"We are excited about the opportunity to go into a very tough environment and play a very solid program," said Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce.

"A conference game early in the season is a very important game because you want to start well in the conference," said Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix. "It's important you have this test to see where you are against a team you may see down the road come sectionals."

Lebanon (1-1) has won the Sagamore Conference title in each of the past three seasons having not drop a conference game. The Tigers will look to extend that streak, but will have to do it with a team that has no returning starters from last year's squad.

A key player for the Tigers is center Nick Starkey. Pierce said that his team will need to contain him and keep him from getting second chance opportunities off of offensive rebounds. The guards are Sam Godby who shoots the ball well and Tre Hurst who will look to penetrate the Athenian defense.

Hank Horner and Shad Conrad have both averaged 12.5 points through the first two games.

"These last couple of years, they have been much more of balanced team," said Hendrix. "We can't just focus on one guy."

Lebanon has won the last five meetings between the two schools and 16 of the 20.

The game is the second game of a double header with the girls' team. The scheduled starting time is 7:30 p.m.