NEW MARKET – Crawfordsville may have saved their best offensive performance of the season for Friday’s Class 3A Sectional 25 opener against the host Southmont Mounties. The Athenians received contributions from up and down their line-up, playing perhaps their best game of the season, picking up momentum throughout and pulling away for a 64-53 victory.
“I’m so proud of them to put a game together like that. It was the best game of my career, and the best game of their career from start to finish,” said an ecstatic Athenian coach Tony Bean. “To do that in this environment, in the sectional at Southmont, I’m just so proud of them.”
Southmont jumped out to a 9-6 first quarter lead thanks to Addi Charles’ seven points. However, the Athenians took the lead for good just two minutes into the second quarter at 14-13. Junior Peyton Sinnet came off the bench connecting on all four of her shots in the quarter, scoring 11 of the Athenians 22 points as they led 28-23 at the break.
“The biggest difference tonight was that Crawfordsville made shots. That’s the best offensive game they played in three years,” said South head coach Dustin Oakley. “It was 9-6 early, which is the kind of game I wanted, maybe around 40 points. They blew up for 22 in the second, with Sinnet playing well.”
Crawfordsville built their lead to as many as 13 in the second half. Every time the Mounties made a run, getting it down to six with just over a minute to go in the third, the Athenians had an answer.
“There was no doubt we weren’t going to win in their minds from the opening tip,” Bean said. “I thought we had moments where we didn’t have the effort, but they didn’t let it affect them.
“Like at Frankfort, we wanted to spread the floor, find gaps, drive and get to the lane,” he continued. “We had multiple girls do that tonight.”
Crawfordsville (4-19) had four in double figures led by Lauren Kellerman’s 18-points and 11-boards. Olivia Barnett and Sinnet each had 13 while Shea Williamson pitched in 11.
“Olivia and Peyton hit big shots tonight, and Barnett played with a great floor presence,” Bean said. “Kellerman and Williamson have played two solid game back-to-back. We’ll need that again tomorrow.”
Southmont (6-16) was led by Lilly Ward’s 19-points and 13-rebound effort, while Charles finished with 17.
“We were 14-of-27 from the line,” Oakley said. “When you try to grind back into a game like that, you have to hit those free throws.”
Friday marked the final game for senior Lilly Ward. “They took her away early tonight, but she had a nice post move to get her going. Down the stretch, she did a little bit of everything to get us back into the game,” said Oakley. “What a career. Plus, she helped set the expectations of the program going forward. She’ll be missed.”
Crawfordsville will face Lebanon at 6 tonight at Southmont, while North Montgomery will face Benton Central in game two.

ATHENIANS 6 22 18 18—64
MOUNTIES 9 14 15 15—53

Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
KELLERMAN 6-12 6-6 11 3 18
BARNETT 5-10 0-0 3 3 13
WILLIAMSON 4-10 3-5 8 3 11
LASKOWSKI 1-9 4-6 6 4 6
REED 1-6 0-0 5 5 3
SINNET 5-10 0-0 5 1 13
McCARTY 0-0 0-0 1 2 0
Totals 22-57 13-17 39 21 64
Percentages: FG .386, FT .765. 3-Pointer: 7-22 (Barnett 3-6, Sinnet 3-8, Reed 1-3, Kellerman 0-1, Williamson 0-2, Laskowski 0-2) Team Rebounds: 6.

Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
L. WARD 8-16 2-3 13 2 19
CHARLES 7-20 1-2 6 3 17
MANION 1-5 3-8 4 1 5
E. WARD 0-5 2-2 0 4 2
REMLEY 0-2 0-0 3 4 0
H. THOMPSON 2-4 2-6 3 0 6
MILLER 0-6 3-4 6 2 3
B. THOMSPON 0-0 1-2 1 0 1
Totals 18-58 14-27 36 16 53
Percentages: FG .310, FT .519. 3-Pointer: 3-13 (Charles 2-9, L. Ward 1-2, Manion 0-2) Team Rebounds: 10.