The Paper photo by Lori PoteetChandler Pursell and the CHS seniors celebrated Senior Night with a win.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Chandler Pursell and the CHS seniors celebrated Senior Night with a win.
The Crawfordsville Athenians celebrated their senior night on Friday with a win over the Covington Trojans. The Trojans played without Alex Frechette, who is their top play maker. The Athenians took advantage of the atmosphere and the circumstances with a 65-40 win. All five seniors started the game and Jordan Jackson, Chandler Pursell, Jake Zurawski, Seth Lewis, and Austin Turpin would all go on to score in the game.

Covington jumped out to a 5-0 lead to start the contest, but the Athenians answered with a 7-0 run that set the pace for the rest of the night. Crawfordsville limited second chance points and scored 21 points of their own off of offensive rebounds. Covington was able to beat the first quarter buzzer to bring the game within four, but the Athenians came out with a fire in the second quarter.

"Covington is a well coached team that did not back down tonight," complimented head coach David Pierce of his opponent. "We played like we should have and did a much better job blocking out tonight."

Crawfordsville scored 11 unanswered points to start the second quarter and did not allow Covington to score a point until there was 2:15 left in the half. The Trojans first field goal came with 1:52 remaining in the half. These opportunities catapulted Covington into a 10-0 run to close the half that brought them back within five at the break.

"We had a lull there," explained Pierce. "For whatever reason, we have had a lull in each game where everything stops working. We have to eliminate that in the sectional."

The second half started out looking like it would produce a game that would come down to the wire. Covington was within two points at 26-28, but the Athenians got hot. Crawfordsville would go on to score the next 20 points of the game across the final two quarters to lead comfortably at 48-26. The Trojan's sails were fully deflated and the comeback attempt was futile. Pierce took each senior out individual in the final minutes of the game so that the crowd could show their appreciation.

"It feels good to get a big win in our final home game together," explained Jordan Jackson. "We have played together for a while and are really close."

"I've really enjoyed playing here with these guys," added Seth Lewis, who missed a portion of the season with an injury. Lewis added that it has been nice to come back and find success, but that this isn't the end of the road. "Our senior year is not fulfilled yet. We want to win the sectional and that means we have some more work to do."

Pierce expressed pride for his seniors both before and after the game and complimented their characters and work ethic. He was happy to see everyone play well and score in the final home game.

"Austin Turpin came in and played really well," praised Pierce. "He, along with Adam Kidd and Nick Page, really gave us an extra spark."

The Athenians finish the regular season with a mark of 5-15. Their next task is looking to take down the host, Frankfort, in the first round of the sectional on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.