The Paper file photo by Lori PoteetChandler Pursell is looking to make the most of his final home game as an Athenian.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Chandler Pursell is looking to make the most of his final home game as an Athenian.
The Crawfordsville Athenians will have a tough task when they take on the defending champion, Frankfort, in the first round of the sectional. Before that matchup, the Athenians will look to tune up and get a win in celebration of senior night when they host Covington tonight.

Crawfordsville has been playing their best basketball of the season as of late and are looking to get over the hump and peak going into the sectional. They are coming off of a loss to Lafayette Central Catholic, but head coach David Pierce knows that they played well.

"We feel like we have been playing well lately," praised Pierce. "We feel like we are going in the right direction."

Pierce sees similarities to both the last game and the Frankfort game in the matchup with Covington.

"We are adressing Covington just like we did Central Catholic, knowing they are both good teams," explained Pierce. "Covington has had down years in the past, but they are really good this year. We feel like we have a good gameplan to address their two kids that can get really hot."

"Covington certainly has similarities to Frankfort," continued Pierce. "They both have slashers, they have size inside that we will try to double when we can, they both play passing lanes, and try to get steals. We will definitely doing things to prepare for Frankfort in this game."

Covington comes in with a 13-6 record having won five of their last six. Crawfordsville enters with a 4-15 record that does not do justice to their talent. The Athenians will honor five seniors on Friday. Jordan Jackson, Chandler Pursell, Jake Zurawski, Austin Turpin, and Seth Lewis will be honored as part of the night's festivities.

"We have five really nice kids that we want to send out on a positive note," explained Pierce. "We want to go out and compete and play as hard as we possibly can to leave those guys with a lasting memory. These guys are better people than they are basketball players, and that is not a knock on their basketball ability; that is a testament to their characters. We will miss them for many years to come."

Tip off is set for 6 p.m. tonight at Crawfordsville High School. Junior varsity will play first.