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Wolfpack outgun Marksmen, 68-47

January 27, 2010
Late in practice Thursday afternoon, the Crawford County Wolfpack did a three-point shooting drill where they knocked down 108 triples within 10 minutes. That carried over into their game against Tell City on Saturday as they swished a flurry from behind the arc in the first quarter and went on to gun down the visiting Marksmen, 68-47.

Crawford County coach Mike Brown
"We looked a little more true-to-form tonight," Crawford County coach Mike Brown said. "The first thing is, we got off to a good start. We didn't get off to a good start at all against Corydon or Orleans. That gave us a little confidence. One of the sayings on our practice schedule this week was, 'What did Austin Powers lose?' He lost his mojo. We talked about that."

That "good start" began with Andrew Curl drilling a three on the opening shot of the game. By the end of the period, Crawford County had connected on 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Tell City's Sean Flannagan showed some skill, as well, swishing a pair of threes, but the Wolfpack were comfortably in front, 25-14, after the first eight minutes.

Crawford County senior Jonathon Bowles, front, picks the pocket of Tell City’s Greg Hollinden and then is off to the races in the second half of the Wolfpack’s 68-47 win. Photo by Wade Bell
Crawford County's early threes came from different parts of the floor, just like when using the shooting machine in practice.

"We do that a lot, and we always let them warm up a little bit, then we put some kind of goal in mind so that there's some pressure on every shot … ," Brown said. "We moved the ball well. It kind of resembled that shooting machine. I thought our feet were set. We didn't let defense bother us, and we hit open shots."

Neither team gained much ground in the second period, but Crawford County scored the first five points in the third quarter to take a 46-30 advantage. The Wolfpack used a 13-5 run to lead 54-35 by the end of the period.

Tell City failed to close the gap in the final quarter, and Crawford County went on for the 68-47 win.

"We played two very good basketball teams last week," Brown said. "We lost both games. One of them we lost in a way we despised. But there's another week, and you've got a week to get ready for practice. You've got a week to get ready for a game. We practiced twice on Wednesday. We went back like it's almost the beginning of the season and really worked this week. I thought we came out tonight and looked like our old selves."

"On both ends of the floor, we did a pretty good job of being focused," he said. "The biggest thing for us tonight that I'm happy about is we subbed a lot of different guys in because of foul trouble and we never seemed to lose our consistency. It seemed like everybody blended in."

Jonathon Bowles led Crawford County's scoring with 13, and Curl followed with 11. Isaac Bowles added 10 points for the Wolfpack, who hit 26 of 46 (57 percent) field-goal attempts, including 6 of 11 three-pointers, and 10 of 16 free throws. The Wolfpack committed 11 turnovers.

"It's amazing how confident a shot becomes when you're open and get a rhythm when your feet are set, compared to how you are because you haven't shot one for a while," Brown said. "You're afraid the defense is going to block it. Three-point shots are hard to hit under those conditions, and I thought our movement of the ball gave us a chance to set our feet. When we do that, we can hit them like that most nights out."

Flannagan led Tell City with 17 points. The Marksmen connected on 14 of 41 (34 percent) shot attempts and 15 of 23 free throws, while committing 13 turnovers.

"We had a hand up on shooters much more tonight," the Crawford County coach said. "We didn't foul in the post. They hit a few over top of us, but they missed a few that we rebounded. Generally, I thought our defense was better as far as positioning and pressure and not giving up silly fouls."

"As you go through the season, you want guys to get more confidence and not less," he said. "Even though we're sitting at 6-5, I feel like we're getting a lot done with the guys in that regard. I think when the time comes, we'll be playing our best."

With the season just a little more than half finished, Brown said his team is slowly working up the ladder toward getting ready for post-season play.

"We feel like we let two or three games get away," Brown said. "That can happen, and we're disappointed about that. I'd say we're at about a seven and shooting for a nine or 10 by the end of February. We certainly see now we can get there. … I think when the time comes, hopefully, we'll be crossing the top of that mountain when sectional comes around. That's what you really shoot for."

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