February 20, 2019The Crawford County Wolfpack boys' basketball team finished its home schedule with a perfect record last Tuesday night on senior night with a total domination of Borden, 81-25. Crawford County's three seniors all finished in double figures to go out at home on a high note for their 17th win of the season.
"I'm glad our seniors were able to go out and have some fun," Crawford County coach Jerry Hanger said of Taten Arnold, Christian Carlton and Nick Stroud. "They all played hard. They all scored in double figures. I think a lot of it had to do with sharing of the ball. I think our underclassmen made a point of getting our seniors opportunities. But, then again, the seniors are the ones that had to make it. They did well. They responded.
Crawford County senior Nick Stroud looks for a shot over Borden's Zach Knight early in the fourth quarter of the Wolfpack's 81-25 win. Photos By Wade Bell
"I'm very proud of these three seniors and (manager) Trenton Arnold in all they've contributed in their four years. I've got three kids on there who went to the state finals two years ago and were very instrumental in making that trip up there. We've won 17 games here this season and were undefeated at home and they have a lot to do with that. I'm very proud of those kids."
Crawford County took care of business early, racing to a 10-0 lead in the opening minutes. Joey Robinson finally put the Braves on the board midway through the period and Micah Franklin converted off a Crawford County turnover to close the gap to six. The Wolfpack finished the quarter with a 7-2 burst and had an 18-6 lead after the first eight minutes.
Crawford County brought in its bomber squadron in the second quarter, hitting seven of nine shots from behind the arc. The Wolfpack put in 10 of 13 shots overall in the period, while Borden connected on just two of eight. Crawford County outscored the Braves 27-5 and took a 45-11 lead to the locker room at halftime.
Borden came into the game with just three wins, but Hanger said you have to take every team seriously.
"One of the things we talked about was, regardless of how many wins any teams has, is they put their pants on the same way we do," the Crawford County coach said. "We're still working towards the sectional. This is almost like a warm-up, a game for us to get ready for the sectional. I don't think they were as athletic as we were.
"We still have to play a team that's organized. They're well-coached. They've won some games. We're playing mostly against ourselves. We want to come out and do the good things that we're able to do, move the ball, and regardless of who we're playing, we still should be able to go through the motions of some of our offenses and so forth."
Borden had a better quarter offensively in the third, hitting four of its eight attempts from the field. Crawford County's worst shooting quarter also came in the third, with the Wolfpack hitting five of their 13 attempts.
In the fourth quarter, Borden got off just three shots and misfired all three times. Crawford County held the Braves scoreless while scoring 21 points and finished the home season with the 81-25 win.
"I let my seniors do the pre-game pep talk tonight," Hanger said. "The seniors did a really nice job of prepping the team on stuff we needed to be doing. We want to start that tradition with the seniors on senior night. It's pretty well their show, and we're going to follow their lead."
Junior Preston Coleman led the Wolfpack with 20 points. Of Crawford County's seniors, Stroud and Carlton had 14 points each, and Taten Arnold finished with 11. Crawford County put in 30 of 52 field goals (58 percent) and 10 of 14 free throws. The Wolfpack finished the game with 12 turnovers.
Crawford County's Taten Arnold (15) drives the baseline on Borden's Sam Gasper in the fourth quarter in the Wolfpack's win over the Braves.
"Preston came to me yesterday and said, 'I want to give up my starting spot for Taten Arnold,' who hadn't scored, and that was a big move," Hanger said. "That was a big move on his part because nobody had prompted him to do it.
"Then, tonight, when they were called upon, he was very active. He exploded going to the hole. He had 20 in a limited playing time, and I think he did an outstanding job. I think Preston could be one of leading scorers in the state next year if we work on a few things. I think he's very capable of doing that."
Dylan Brahan and Mason Carter led Borden with six points each. The Braves were 9 of 29 from the field (31 percent) and 3 of 7 from the charity stripe. Borden finished the 32 minutes with 27 turnovers, 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Hanger had a little concern about the Wolfpack's road trip to Lanesville on Saturday night, but Crawford County handily disposed of the Eagles 76-48. Crawford County will go on the road to Paoli Friday night with hopes of claiming the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference championship outright. Both teams will take 5-0 conference records into their final game of the regular season.
"We've got a good ball team," Hanger said. "Every time we leave the locker room, we're planning on winning, but to do that we've got to be able to play well. I'm very proud of our kids. They've very capable. This is the third game in a row we've played without Colten Nickelson. We seem to be getting in a groove now. We're adjusting pretty well.
"We got some of the bench in tonight who did a pretty nice job, also. We played a few extra players. So, as we go towards the sectional, we need to start fine-tuning things, and I think tonight we went a step towards that direction."
Borden 6 5 14 0 - 25
Crawford County 18 27 15 21 - 81
Borden - Bahan 6, Carter 6, Mikel 2, Robinson 5, Franklin 2, Gasper 2, Knight 2
Crawford County - Arnold 11, Harvey 7, Coleman 20, Sturgeon 2, Allinger 4, Carlton 14, Adams 6, Brooks 1, Stroud 14, Satterfield 2
3-pointers - Bahan 2, Carter, Robinson, Arnold, Harvey 2, Coleman 3, Carlton 4, Adams 2