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Crawford muzzles Lady Bulldogs

January 27, 2010
With the girls' basketball sectional inching closer, Crawford County coach Alan Cox got the kind of game from his team he has been looking for Thursday night as the Lady Pack put a muzzle on the visiting Lady Bulldogs of Orleans with a 44-22 win in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference match-up.

Crawford County vs. Orleans
"I'm not going to say it was easy," Cox said. "I'm going to say our girls were, for the first time all year, working together as a unit. That's been one of our main problems all year, being able to get five girls on the floor on the same page at the same time."

Crawford County coach Alan Cox
"Tonight, we played as a team and we won as a team," he said. "It wasn't any one person. I thought, defensively, we played much better. I've scouted a lot of basketball games this year, and I'll have to say Orleans is the best half-court defensive team I've seen all year long. I watched them Tuesday night give up only four points in two quarters to Lanesville, and Lanesville can score a little bit."

Crawford County’s Kayla Toney, right, and Orleans’ Lauren Berning fight for a rebound in the second half of the Lady Pack’s 44-22 win. Photo by Wade Bell
Orleans' only lead of the night came on the opening shot as Audry Love scored in the paint. From there, the Lady Pack went on a 13-2 run to go up by nine.

Kayla Toney, who dominated the paint in the first half, scored the first two buckets of the second period to push Crawford County's advantage to 18-6. Orleans didn't score again until Haley Street sank a pair of free throws with 3:12 left in the quarter. By halftime, the Crawford County lead ballooned to 27-10, as Toney led the way with 14 points.

"We were able to overcome their defense," Cox said. "I think our coaches and our kids prepared real well. We had a little extra time to prepare for Orleans. Orleans, we pretty well knew what they were going to do. They didn't really throw any surprises at us, and we had some time to actually get prepared for that, and that helped. But at the same time, I feel like the coaching staff worked hard and scouted real hard and prepared."

Crawford County's defense allowed Orleans only a single field goal in the third period. The fourth quarter was only slightly better for the Lady Bulldogs, and Cox gave his bench some playing time as the Lady Pack cruised to the 44-22 win.

"They only had 10 points at halftime," Cox said of Orleans. "That was nice. We went zone. We had scouted them a little this week at Lanesville, and it looked like they struggled against the zone. Lanesville ran a 2-3 against them."

Chelsea Jellison led Crawford County (8-9, 3-3) with 19 points, and Toney finished with 16. The Lady Pack connected on 15 of 29 (52 percent) field-goal attempts and 14 of 19 free throws. Turnovers were a problem, however, as Crawford County erred 21 times.

"We needed to play well tonight," Cox said. "Whether we won or lost, we needed to play well to get some momentum for the sectional. I said before the start of the year, I can see a team with maybe five wins winning our sectional this year. Right now, you're looking at us and Corydon and North Harrison and Charlestown and Silver Creek all right around that five wins right now."

Street led Orleans with seven points. The Lady Bulldogs had a horrendous shooting night, hitting just 16 percent of their shots on 7 of 44 shooting. Orleans was 7 of 13 from the charity stripe and turned the ball over 10 times.

"The team that gets a little momentum toward sectional is going to have a little advantage," Cox said. "I was concerned if we were ever going to get that momentum. Tonight was a start, and we've got three more really tough teams coming up."

"But, our three games we've got coming up are three good games to get us prepared for sectional," he said. "Whether we win or lose those, we need to play well, and especially with the young kids we've got, if we lose those games, we need to make sure our kids are still staying positive."

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