Will Kellerman carried Crawfordsville early, while Jesse Johnson-Hall did his damage late. The Athenians used a total team effort, holding off a pesky Western Boone squad, to win their third Sugar Creek Classic title in the last six years, with a 58-53 victory over the Stars.
After four straight turnovers to start the game, Crawfordsville found their groove hitting 7-of-8 shots in the quarter. They were led by Kellerman’s 11-point performance, which included three from beyond the arc, and a layup off a steal, to give them an 8-point lead at 17-9 after one.
“Kellerman was huge tonight,” Pierce said of the senior. “They came out in a zone, because we hadn’t been shooting the ball well, and Will buried some shots.”
“We were going with our 1-3-1, and we lost him (Kellerman) on the sideline and one or two times on a long opposite,” said Star head coach Bronson Lickliter. “They did a nice job of kicking it out to him, and he knocked them down.”
Crawfordsville extended their lead to 10 midway through the second, only to see Cortez Stoudamire score 9 of his team high 20 on three straight 3’s to cut the Athenian lead to 24-20 at the half.
The third quarter featured eight lead changes and two ties, with neither team holding more than a 3-point advantage. Johnson-Hall scored 8-points and Cam Saunders 6 for the Athenians, while Patrick Shallenberger had 12 of his 17 in the quarter.
“We were finally able to get Jesse the ball late,” Pierce said. “We made an adjustment and put Cam in the middle, which put their shortest guy on him, and he capitalized.”
“We were finishing around the basket there in the third. Pat did a great job with that with some put backs and some and one’s,” Lickliter said. “We struggled with that in the fourth and couldn’t get some stops.”
Crawfordsville extended the lead back to 10 in the fourth, only to see the Stars score 9 of the games last 13 points for the final margin.
Western Boone (5-4) was led by Stoudamire’s 20 and Shallenbergers 17. Spencer Wright came off the bench and finished with 9. They’ll host Frankfort Friday.
Crawfordsville (7-3) was led by tournament MVP Johnson-Hall’s 20 and Kellerman’s 18. Tray Scorza finished with 9, while Saunders had 8. They’ll host Clinton Prairie Saturday.
“It’s an awesome feeling to win this tournament. It was an amazing atmosphere both nights,” Johnson-Hall said afterwards. “This will give us momentum going forward as we try to accomplish other goals that we’ve set forth as a team.”
The Athenians had assists on 18 of their 23 field goal attempts, led by Karsten Williamson’s 6.
“It’s hard to win this tourney, because everyone plays their best,” Pierce said afterwards. “I’m happy for the guys. Our JV is currently 10-0, and we’ve won the JV Classic three years in a row. This is a special group, and it’s great to see their hard work payoff.”


CRAWFORDSVILLE 58, WESTERN BOONE 53
ATHENIANS 17 7 19 15—59
STARS 9 11 22 11—53

CRAWFORDSVILLE
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
JOHNSON-HALL 9-12 2-4 8 1 20
KELLERMAN 6-9 2-2 2 1 18
SCORZA 3-7 2-4 5 3 9
SAUNDERS 4-4 0-0 8 1 8
WILLIAMSON 0-5 0-0 1 3 0
GONZALEZ 1-2 1-2 4 2 3
Totals 23-39 7-12 28 11 58
Percentages: FG .590, FT .583. 3-Pointer: 5-12 (Kellerman 4-7, Scorza 1-3, Williamson 0-2) Team Rebounds: 2.

WESTERN BOONE
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
STOUDAMIRE 5-9 7-8 2 3 20
SHALLENBERGER 8-9 0-2 7 3 17
MORTON 2-9 0-0 0 2 5
YOUNG 1-7 0-0 1 3 2
HOLE 0-3 0-4 0 0 0
WRIGHT 4-9 0-0 6 3 9
McATEE 0-0 0-0 3 1 0
PRATT 0-0 0-0 1 0 0
Totals 20-46 7-14 18 15 53
Percentages: FG .435, FT .500. 3-Pointer: 6-18 (Stoudamire 3-4, Shallenberger 1-1, Wright 1-3, Morton 1-6, Young 0-2, Hole 0-2) Team Rebounds: 3.