December 03, 2008Crawford County freshman Chelsea Jellison set a school record for three-pointers in a game, burying eight from behind the arc, including six in the first half, as she scored 28 points to lead the Lady Pack over Lanesville, 64-39.
"I was pretty nervous," Jellison said. "After my first one, I felt pretty good. After my third one, I felt all right, and then I just kept shooting."
|Crawford County freshman Chelsea Jellison set a new school record with eight three-pointers in her 28-point effort against Lanesville. (Photo by Wade Bell)|
Crawford had to fight a little harder than what the score indicated, especially in the early going, as the Lady Eagles stayed within a point, 11-10, following a three-ball from Kayla Smith. Jellison, however, then began her onslaught, scoring 10 of Crawford's next 14 points in a run that pushed the Lady Pack to a 25-12 lead after eight minutes.
The Lady Eagles had no answer to Jellison, who hit three more triples in the opening minutes of the second period in an 11-0 run that pushed the Crawford lead to 26-12.
From that point, the momentum switched to Lanesville's side, with the Lady Eagles finishing out the scoring in the half, getting eight straight points to close the gap to 36-22.
Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said Jellison, who had 22 first half points, was in a complete different world.
"She probably could have run back behind the bleachers and thrown one up," he said. "She had a great shooting night, and that happens every now and then."
"Lanesville, to their credit, they played very hard," Crawford coach Eric Toney said. "They ran and executed their offense pretty well. They knocked in some shots. You could see their confidence. … I was discouraged because we had the momentum and the game going our way. We were up 30-12 and then we went really super-stagnant on both ends of the floor."
The two teams played evenly through the majority of the next eight minutes until Crawford had a 6-2 burst to end the third period, with Jellison swishing her seventh three for a 48-32 lead.
Jellison's final three led off the fourth period. Chelsea Benham added a pair from the stripe and a long deuce as Crawford expanded its lead to 55-34. That run proved to be the back-breaker as the Lady Pack rolled to the 64-39 win.
Despite the overwhelming win, Toney said his team left itself open to a rally by the Lady Eagles.
"We were just a step off on a lot of things," he said. "That carried over into our offense. We made numerous unforced turnovers, mostly from the passing side of the game. Passing is not our strong suit, especially in a half-court situation. We depend on our defense to get us going and then to get us up and down the floor. When we were able to do some of that, we're pretty effective."
Besides Jellison's 28 points, Benham finished with 17 and Shauncae Bigham came off the bench for 10. The Lady Pack connected on 21 of 45 shots (46 percent) and 12 of 20 free throws. However, they committed 23 turnovers.
"She's a good spot-up shooter, and we look for her," Toney said of Jellison. "Carolyn (Pellman) does a good job of knowing where she is. Benham does. We all know where she is, and we're looking for her and we're looking for Chelsea Benham. When we're playing good defensively, we're able to get those good open looks."
Lanesville (0-4) placed eight players in the scoring column, with Faith Johnson leading the Lady Eagles with nine points. Lanesville had a poor shooting night, hitting 11 of 37 shots (29 percent), but the Lady Eagles connected on 15 of 22 free throws. Turnovers were also a problem, as the Lady Eagles made 24.
Toney said his team still needs more patience and to work on passing the ball for the right shot.
"Good passing is going to take four, five, six or seven passes," he said. "You've got to extend the defense and make them shift, then you've got to move to the ball to that person where the opening has occurred. We aren't patient enough to get to that point. We'll usually make a turnover because we try to force it somewhere."
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The Lady Pack nearly blew a 17-point, third-quarter lead last Wednesday in their homestand against the Eastern (Pekin) Lady Musketeers.
The Lady Musketeers outscored Crawford 21-7 in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Pack held on by their fingertips for a 51-48 win.
Chelsea Benham led Crawford (4-2) with 18 points and Chelsea Jellison followed with 17 for the game. Shauncae Bigham added 10 points.
Melody Dalton led the Lady Musketeers (2-2) with 15 points.
The Lady Pack hosted Silver Creek last night (Tuesday). The game was played after press time.
Crawford County will visit Perry Central tomorrow night (Thursday).