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FTs save Crawford against Silver Creek

December 10, 2008
The Crawford County Lady Pack hit 12-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter to save a 50-38 win over visiting Silver Creek. It was a game that stayed close until Crawford got to the line.

Crawford's Mary Bolin (left) looked for some help as she was pressured by Silver Creek's Maribeth Rogers in the second half of the Lady Pack's 50-38 win. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"I didn't feel like we played very well on either end of the floor consistently," said Crawford coach Eric Toney. "We had glimmers of nice plays but a lot of times we were off of things defensively. The ball was on the floor where we might have one person kind of diving at it and four or five standing there looking at it. There was a lot of situations where we were out-hustled I thought."

Chelsea Jellison gave the Lady Pack a nice jump with two 3-pointers to start the game. Silver Creek, however, was quick to respond and quickly closed back within one following a 3-ball by Molly Voyles and a free throw by Alexis Shaver. Chelsea Benham swished a 3-pointer later in the period, and Crawford held a 12-8 edge after one quarter.

Crawford failed to break away from the Lady Dragons in the second. Crawford hit just one of its first nine field-goal attempts, and Silver Creek countered with an 8-3 burst to lead 16-15. The lead changed hands three times until Jellison and Benham connected on three straight field goals for a 23-18 Crawford lead. Shaver scored the final bucket of the half to give the Lady Pack a 23-20 advantage.

"We missed some easy shots and why that happens I don't know," said Toney. "We don't know. They don't know. The kids feel bad about it. I try not to make a big deal about it. We work on making those shots every day in practice."

Silver Creek scored the first four points of the third quarter to take a 24-23 lead. Benham put Crawford back out in front but the Lady Dragons stayed in the fight until Carolyn Pellman scored following a steal for a 32-27 lead. Both teams then had a dry spell, with Crawford missing five consecutive shots. Silver Creek missed two chances at the basket, but Voyles got a pair of free throws and scored at the end of the period to close the game back to a 1-point Crawford favor.

Tori Johnston briefly put the Lady Dragons in front in the fourth following two Crawford turnovers. From there, the game went to the free-throw line. Benham scored nine points during an 11-0 run, to give Crawford a 43-33 lead. Voyles, however, found daylight for a 3-ball to pull Silver Creek back within seven. The Lady Dragons got no closer, and Crawford came away with a 50-38 win.

"In the game of basketball, a lot of times it comes down to whether you make some shots," said Toney. "In the fourth quarter, we made our free throws. If we don't make those free throws, it's an entirely different game."

"We made a point at one of the time outs or the half, she hadn't shot a free throw," said Toney of Benham, who finished with 24. "Normally she's shooting eight or nine a game. We pointed out that she needed to go to the line for us because that's part of our game. It's a big part of her game. She did that better in the second half and that's important."

Chelsea Jellison followed up with 16 points. Crawford (5-2) connected on 19-of-23 free throws for the game. Benham was 5-of-5 and Jellison 6-of-6. Mary Bolin hit 7-of-10 free throws. The Lady Pack was 13-of-49 from the field (26 percent) and had 16 turnovers.

"Chelsea Jellison hit some big free throws down the stretch like an experienced player would do," said Toney. "She missed a lay-up or two and made an error like freshmen tend to do. Even though she is a very good freshman, she gets a little down on herself. Then she made a tremendous pass to Benham on a pick and roll, lofted it over the defense."

"Mary stepped up, hit some big free throws," the coach added. "She was very active throughout the game anytime she caught the ball. She was making a move trying to take it at them. She drew fouls and that was good."

Molly Voyles led Silver Creek (1-5) with 15 points for the night. The Lady Dragons also shot poorly from the field with 14-of-56 attempts (25 percent) and just 8-of-18 free throws. Silver Creek had 18 turnovers.

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On Thursday night the Lady Pack edged out Patoka Lake Athletic Conference opponent Perry Central with a 44-39 win. The win upped Crawford's record to 6-2 while the Lady Commodores dropped to 3-3. Deidra Dickerson led Perry with 15 points.

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