Photo by Lori PoteetErika Brooks can change a game with her long-range shooting.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Erika Brooks can change a game with her long-range shooting.
The Montgomery County girls' basketball title is on the line in the coming days.

Crawfordsville could clinch the crown with a win over Southmont on Saturday at home. The Mounties would need to upset the Athenians on Saturday and bounce back to avenge and early loss to North Montgomery on Monday.

"We've just got to save whatever we got, but that all goes out the window for a county game," Southmont head coach Susan McVay said. "We were county champs last year and that's how we have to take it. We still have an opportunity to win county, and that's a goal."

For the Athenians, a county championship has been a major goal all season. The last time Crawfordsville won the county was in the 2010-11 season under head coach Gary Linn.

"It's been a goal from day one. It's now or never for the seniors," Crawfordsville mentor Tony Thomas said. "It's also senior night for us. This is a game we've been looking forward to for a long time."

The Athenians (9-8) are coming off of a blow-out win over Brebeuf on Tuesday. Southmont (3-12) suffered a Sagamore Athletic Conference loss to Frankfort Thursday night.

"Aarika McKinsey is going to be a load and the other four on the court with her are all very fast," Thomas noted of his foe. "They try to press people. Even in half court they'll try to pressure people with their defense."

The Athenians have been hit by flu and injury at just the wrong time. Emily Seybold and Jazmine Hall each turned an ankle recently and will be game-time decisions, along with many others because of the flu.

"They've got some good outside shooters obviously, so we've got to cover their 3 point shooters,"

McVay said. "Lacey Garrett loves to drive and throw it up there so we've got to combat that. And you know they like to run the floor pretty well, so, you know we definitely have our work cut out for us, and we have one day to prepare."

For the Mounties, the game is a chance to play spoiler to the heavy favorites and maybe even get on a roll toward a county title of their own.

"We're going to have to cover everywhere, we're just going to have to play an incredibly strong defensive game to be able to do that," McVay said. "They get their hands on everything, Lacey is a steals leader."

The game will be the first of a boy / girl varsity double header between the Athenians and Mounties. The girls will open action at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at approximately 8 p.m.

Scotty Cameron contributed to this report.