Crawfordsville head coach Tony Bean is looking to continue to change the culture of the Athenian girl’s basketball program as he enters his third year at the helm.
“The past couple of years, we’ve played scared and tentative, no doubt about it. Quite simply, we must expect to win and take control of the game from start to finish,” he said. “We have a group of players that has the athletes necessary to play nose to nose pressure defense and the skills necessary to turn that defense into offense.”
The Athenians will rely heavily on their top two returning scorers in junior Lauren Kellerman and senior Addie Laskowski. Kellerman led Crawfordsville at 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last year. Laskowski averaged 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. They’ll also need senior Olivia Barnett and junior Megan Simmons to have solid seasons again this year.
“Addie and Lauren have been starters their entire careers while Olivia and Megan started most every game last season,” Bean said of the foursome. “We also expect Peyton Sinnet and Shea Williamson to contribute significantly.”
“Peyton gives us depth at shooting guard, and she can really get after it defensively,” Bean said of the junior. “Shea is a talented freshman who will be given the reigns at point guard this season. She understands the game at a high level and is very skilled and fundamental.”
Williamson leads a strong class of freshman that could see substantial minutes at the Varsity level. Liddy McCarty, Olivia Reed and Maycee York all will look to help contribute as the Athenians look to improve on last year’s 2-21 record.
Crawfordsville plays nine of their first 12 games at home, including the Sugar Creek Classic which is presented by The Paper of Montgomery County. They’ll kick off the 2018-2019 campaign tonight when they travel to Seeger.
“The key to success will be our ability to control the tempo of the game and force turnovers that create fast break opportunities,” Bean said. “We are preaching that we have to force our will on to the opponent. In recent past, almost every team we have played are the ones who have forced their will on us… and we are going to have to change that starting tonight.”