Fresh off their hard fought Sagamore Athletic Conference win over Lebanon Friday, the Athenians were right back at it Saturday hosting Attica. Crawfordsville showed no signs of a let-down, jumping out to a 24-8 first quarter lead, on their way to a 64-50 win to improve to 3-1 on the boys’ basketball season.
“We got off to a great start tonight and that was keyed by our defense,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce afterward when asked how he thought his team responded to their first back-to-back weekend. “I thought we ran better than we have all season in transition.
“If we play really good defense, we can do that,” he continued. “The guys love team basketball, and we’re constantly asking them to run because the talent’s there.”
Crawfordsville extended the lead to 24, 48-24, midway through the third as Will Kellerman scored eight of his team high 17 during the period.
Attica cut the deficit to 12 with 3:11 remaining, but the Athenians hit their foul shots down the stretch for the final margin.
“In the second half, we tried to play some bench. When we do that, we lacked some defense, and that needs to improve,” Pierce said. “We quit switching ball screens, and that let (Chase) Little go off.”
Attica (0-3) was led by Little’s 19, all of which came in the second half. He was saddled with foul trouble throughout much of the first half. Drew Sheridan finished with 13.
Crawfordsville (3-1, 1-0 SAC) had three in double figures, led by Kellerman’s 17. Jesse Johnson-Hall finished with 16-points and 9-rebounds, while Karsten Williamson finished with 12. They assisted on 16 of their 21 made field goals but also committed 13 turnovers.
“KW had a huge weekend. He had one turnover, 6 assists, and he’s Mr. comfort for us,” Pierce said of the junior. “Jesse was more aggressive looking for his shot. He was 8-of-9 from the line.
Will Kellerman, offensively, and Saunders, defensively, both played solid minutes too.”
The Athenians will host West Lafayette Friday.
“(Head coach) David (Wood) thinks this is his most talented team ever, which is terrifying,” Pierce said of the Red Devils. “They’re coming off a tough 3A state football championship, so I think this is a great opportunity for us. It will definitely prepare us moving forward.”

CRAWFORDSVILLE 64, ATTICA 50
RED RAMBLERS 8 9 17 16—50
ATHENIANS 24 8 21 11—64

CRAWFORDSVILLE
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
KELLERMAN 6-12 2-2 1 2 17
JOHNSON-HALL 4-6 8-9 9 2 16
WILLIAMSON 4-6 1-2 2 1 12
SCORZA 2-7 0-1 4 3 4
SAUNDERS 1-2 2-3 5 0 4
GONZALEZ 2-2 0-0 3 1 4
MORGAN 1-1 1-1 1 0 3
LYNAS 1-3 0-0 3 0 2
SCHROETER 0-0 2-2 2 0 2
HEINOLD 0-2 0-0 1 1 0
SCOTT 0-2 0-0 0 0 0
DECKER 0-4 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 21-47 16-20 32 10 64
Percentages: FG .447, FT .800. 3-Pointer: 6-20 (Williamson 3-4, Kellerman 3-6, Johnson-Hall 0-1, Scott 0-1, Scorza 0-4, Decker 0-4) Team Rebounds: 2.

ATTICA
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
LITTLE 7-15 2-3 5 4 19
SHERIDAN 5-11 0-1 2 4 13
PATTENGALE 2-5 2-6 3 1 6
MARTIN 2-9 0-0 8 4 4
BURRIS 1-7 0-0 3 4 3
WESLEY 1-1 0-0 0 0 3
KIRKPATRICK 1-1 0-0 2 1 2
HARTMAN 0-1 0-0 1 2 0
Totals 19-50 4-10 24 20 50
Percentages: FG .380, FT .400. 3-Pointer: 8-17 (Sheridan 3-5, Little 3-6, Wesley 1-1, Burris 1-2, Martin 0-3) Team Rebounds: 4.