The Paper photo by Lori PoteetTaylor Luft grabs one of her seven rebounds. The junior played a big part in limiting Southmont's frontcourt.
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Taylor Luft grabs one of her seven rebounds. The junior played a big part in limiting Southmont's frontcourt.
The Crawfordsville Athenians spent the last 52 days leading up to Saturday only remembering what it was like to be on the winning side of a basketball game. That was because the team had to endure 52 days between victories. Crawfordsville (5-12, 1-4 SAC) finally got back going on Saturday when they took down the Lady Mounties (8-9, 1-4 SAC) by a score of 50-39. The win came on the last home game for the seniors (Spencer Funk, Bryanna Brooks, Shelby Haggard, and Tayler Hutson), who were honored before the game.

The Lady Athenians set the tone early on. Their zone defense prevented Southmont from getting the inside touches that they needed to get their offense going, and Crawfordsville seniors set the tempo. Funk hit two three pointers in the opening minutes, as Crawfordsville jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the game. Athenian head coach Tony Thomas agreed that getting ahead early was key.

"It was huge to get a lead on Southmont because of their height and ability to score," explained Thomas. "Spencer hitting those two threes right at the beginning really picked everyone up and got them even more excited."

For Southmont, the night was dictated by the inability to get shots to fall. The Lady Mounties had looks inside early on, but once they fell behind they were forced to expand their offensive range outside of their comfort zone. Southmont head coach Chloe Allen explained that she was comfortable going to guard oriented play, even though it's not their typical game plan.

"We tell our guards to be threats all the time in hopes of knocking down some shots and taking pressure off of the inside game," explained Allen. "Tonight was just a matter of the shots not falling, us playing flat, and us not capitalizing on opportunities."

That formula was the story of the night; Crawfordsville taking advantage of opportune shooting, and Southmont never quite being able to get on pace. The Lady Athenians led buzzer to buzzer, and were up by 19 at one point in the third quarter. Southmont only shot 25 percent from the field, and were negated inside by the duo of Taylor Luft and Kim Hampton.

The win marks the first for Crawfordsville in the Sagamore. They will travel to Frankfort to play the opener of a varsity double header on Friday. Southmont falls below .500 once again with the loss, and will look to get back even tonight when they host Covington.

Boys Sagamore Standings


Lebanon 6-0 10-2

Danville 3-1 13-2

Southmont 3-1 10-2

Frankfort 1-1 9-4

North Montgomery 1-3 2-12

Western Boone 1-4 5-9

Tri-West 0-2 6-6

Crawfordsville 0-3 3-10

Girls Sagamore Standings


Lebanon 6-0 17-2

North Montgomery 5-1 12-4

Western Boone 4-1 12-6

Tri-West 2-3 12-5

Danville 2-3 8-9

Southmont 1-4 8-9

Crawfordsville 1-4 5-12

Frankfort 0-5 3-12