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Benham leads Lady Pack over Silver Creek

Corydon Sectional Semi-Final

February 18, 2009
In their regular season game against Silver Creek, the Crawford County girls' basketball team easily put away the Lady Dragons, 50-38. Crawford coach Eric Toney knew, however, their second meeting in the Corydon sectional Friday night would be tougher than the first go-around.

"I was under no illusions," Toney said. "Silver Creek's record was 7-14, but they have played outstanding basketball. All you had to do was watch the Corydon game to see that. They beat South Central last week. They beat Scottsburg at Scottsburg. They've got a nice team."

Crawford County's Kayla Parr drives on Silver Creek's Mandi Martin during the semi-finals of the Corydon Central Sectional. It was Parr's first game back since recovering from multiple injuries from an automobile accident last fall. (Photo by Wade Bell)
Silver Creek proved how much it had improved in the first half, knocking down three straight three-balls for a 9-4 lead. Crawford closed to within one, but the Lady Dragons finished the quarter with a 7-0 burst that included a fourth three-pointer for a 16-10 lead.

The run continued in the second period, with Kim Jamros and Molly Voyles scoring inside to put Silver Creek on top 20-10.

The Lady Pack, who got an emotional lift when senior Kayla Parr entered the game, her first since an automobile accident last fall left her with life-threatening injuries, slowly gnawed into its 10-point deficit. Chelsea Jellison sank a three, and Chelsea Benham later got a put-back following four straight Silver Creek misses.

Moments later, Benham converted on a turnover to cut Silver Creek's lead to three. Then, Benham and Michelle Johnson put away three free throws to tie the game, and Crawford went to the locker room knotched up in a 20-all tie.

"We didn't rush," Toney said. "We just came back one at a time. Chelsea (Jellison) hit a big three that started it, and then we went on a 10-0 run. We went in at halftime with a couple of chances to take the lead, but it ends up 20-20."

The lead changed hands three times in the third period, with Parr giving Crawford a 28-27 lead with a deuce-and-one, but Silver Creek held a 31-30 edge at the end of the period.

The game finally fell into Crawford's hands, when Jellison buried another three and Benham scored inside again for a 35-31 lead.

Following a dry spell by teams, Silver Creek's Lindsay Fluhr drilled a three to bring her team to within a point.

From there, however, it was all Crawford, with Benham scoring the final eight points for the 43-34 win.

Benham led Crawford with 22 points, and Jellison finished with 13. Parr finished with three points, two rebounds and two steals. Crawford was 13 of 37 (35 percent) from the field, but hit 14 of 20 free throws. The Lady Pack committed 13 turnovers.

Toney said following a discussion with Parr about her improving condition, the Crawford senior came to him with a fax from her doctor clearing her to get back on the floor.

"It was like Christmas morning," Toney said. "I think that added a little something to our team as far as a little rejuvenation. She's a senior and she's played a lot of games for us. I think there was a little bit of a settling influence she brought to the game at critical times."

"I'm sure a lot of people thought she was going to come in and play a minute and sit down," he said. "For having not played a single minute in competition, I thought she played extremely well. She scored. She hit a free throw. She got a couple of rebounds. She battled and kept another two or three rebounds alive. She played good defense."

Voyles led Silver Creek with 10 points. The Lady Dragons were 14 of 41 (34 percent) from the field and 1 of 9 from the stripe. They also committed 13 turnovers.

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