NEW MARKET – Crawfordsville entered Saturday’s Class 3A Sectional 25 semi-final matchup against Lebanon looking to continue their run here late. They led by as many as five, but it was the second half adjustments by the Tigers that allowed them to pull away late for the 66-53 victory.
Crawfordsville jumped out to an early 6-2 lead forcing a Tiger timeout and trailed just 16-13 after one.
They’d score the first eight points of the second quarter, thanks to Liddy McCarty’s 5-points to take a 21-16 lead. However, they’d trail 28-15 at the half.
“We were able to spread them out, get to the basket and find the open player early, which created some good looks for us,” said Athenian head coach Tony Bean. “We were playing with a lot of confidence, and we were right there.”
Lebanon made a defensive adjustment at the half, and it stymied the Athenian offense. “We changed how we approached pressuring the ball, and it kept us out of foul trouble,” said Lebanon coach Nic Carothers. “Our best offense is our defense, and that gave us confidence, and we started knocking down shots.”
The change allowed the Tigers to outscore the Athenians 38-28 in the second half to advance to Monday’s championship against Benton Central.
“Coach Bean is developing his players and their confidence,” Carothers said when asked what he saw as the difference between the first meeting in November against the Athenians and Saturday. “That’s not the same team we played in November. We had to take this one from them.”
Lebanon (13-10) Gabby Brewer’s 12 and Ashlyn Terrill’s 10.
"We averaged 30 turnovers a game and tonight we had 15. We literally cut it in half, and that's what has led to our success late in the season,” Bean said of their two wins over Frankfort and Southmont. “We played our best basketball here at the end."
Crawfordsville (3-19) had two finish with double-doubles. Lauren Kellerman finished with 23-points and 10-boards, while Addie Laskowski finished with 10 and 10.
“Lauren was being trapped all game and kept beating them. Then she was getting banged around all night and fought through it,” Bean said of the junior. “She battled all game, and it was a gutsy performance.”
Saturday marked the final game for seniors Laskowski, Olivia Barnett and Tori Tesmer. “Those three have been great for the program. Addie and Olivia made key contributions this season, and Tori was a huge asset to our team with her attitude. They’ll all be missed.”

LEBANON 66, CRAWFORDSVILLE 53
TIGERS 16 12 24 14—66
ATHENIANS 13 12 12 16—53

CRAWFORDSVILLE
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
KELLERMAN 8-15 6-13 10 3 23
LASKOWSKI 4-17 0-1 10 2 10
WILLIAMSON 3-7 0-0 7 4 6
REED 2-5 0-0 5 2 4
BARNETT 0-6 2-2 3 2 2
McCARTY 2-3 1-1 0 0 5
YORK 0-1 2-2 5 1 2
SINNET 0-2 1-2 2 3 1
Totals 19-56 12-21 42 17 53
Percentages: FG .339, FT .571. 3-Pointer: 3-14 (Laskowski 2-6, Kellerman 1-3, Sinnet 0-1, Barnett 0-2, Reed 0-2) Team Rebounds: 7.

LEBANON
Player FG-A FT-A R F PTS
BREWER 4-16 3-6 3 2 12
TERRILL 4-12 2-6 7 5 10
HUSE 3-8 2-2 5 1 8
M. WIREY 4-8 0-0 3 4 8
JONES 2-3 1-1 4 2 5
A WIREY 4-6 0-1 7 2 9
BARR 3-7 2-3 4 2 8
REDMAN 2-6 2-2 4 0 6
WINES 0-2 0-0 1 1 0
Totals 26-68 12-21 38 19 66
Percentages: FG .382, FT .571. 3-Pointer: 2-9 (A. Wirey 1-1, Brewer 1-3, Barr 0-1, Wines 0-1, M. Wirey 0-3) Team Rebounds: 11.