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Crawford wins landslide over WW

January 21, 2009
During a week of homecoming activities, the Crawford County Lady Pack rolled to a 68-35 win over visiting conference rival West Washington. Crawford kept its game together despite not having Chelsea Benham most of the night after the senior injured an ankle early in the game.

"This game I wanted to be kind of a fun game, but yet a game we learned from and maybe progressed from, to set us up for better play down the road," Crawford coach Eric Toney said. "We didn't get out of the game what I wanted to I think we reacted to distractions a lot tonight."

Crawford established a 16-6 lead in the first seven minutes of the game, then with 36 seconds left in the first period, Benham went to the floor hard, shrieking in pain while holding her ankle. She left the floor and did not return.

"She has just a classic sprained ankle," Toney said. "It didn't swell a lot, which is probably good. That means there's not a whole lot of damage in all probability A sprained ankle is one of those things that generally you can't hurt any more than it's already hurt."

Crawford looked out of sorts during the next few minutes as West Washing-ton closed to within six, as Whitley Fisher hit back-to-back deuces to make the score 19-13. The Lady Pack regrouped to score the next six points. Megan Creech got two for the Lady Senators, but Chelsea Jellison fired in a three-ball with a second left to give Crawford a 28-15 lead at the half.

"Tonight, we were back to where, if we don't really play focused, we tend to just make unforced turnovers that really just hurt you," Toney said. "You're losing an opportunity to score and giving them another opportunity to score. It doesn't help us down the road, because we can make turnovers against West Washington as we did."

The Lady Pack finally broke free from West Washington midway through the third period with an 8-0 burst for a 41-23 lead. From there, it was a train ride for Crawford, who cruised to the 33-point win.

"Against some teams, we've shown some progress," Toney said. "We could miss a lot of easy shots like we did. We could fail to help out and not really play help-side defense at times, like we did, and we still won. Against Paoli or Orleans or Corydon, that's not going to happen."

Jellison led Crawford (10-7, 3-1 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference) with 18 points, and Shauncae Bigham came off the bench for 11 points. The Lady Pack canned 27 of 57 field-goal attempts (47 percent) and 15 of 21 free throws. Crawford kept its turnovers down, making just 11.

"I want to single out Michelle (Johnson)," Toney said of the junior who saw some extra playing time due to Benham's injury. "I think she got some positives out of this game She had eight points, but she worked hard and handled the ball enough where she needed what she needed to do with it. She played pretty good defense. She probably came out of the game with something to show for it and something that might set her up for better play in the next game."

Molly Johnson led West Washington (2-11, 0-2) with 10 points. The Lady Senators were 14 of 33 from the field (42 percent) and 7 of 11 at the stripe and committed 25 turnovers.

"We need people to come in and play really solid defense," Toney said. "Jellison can score and Benham can score. We need a little scoring from other people, but we need just good solid play You don't have to score a lot. You don't have to create something. Just handle your position and let the game come to you. That's what we need out of the other personnel."

"Sometimes people who come in off the bench think they've got to make a big impact," he said. "Most of the time all they need to do is just come in and just do a solid job. That's kind of what we're really looking for."

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Crawford County will visit PLAC foe Orleans Thursday night.

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