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Pack hits glacier against Assumption

January 05, 2011
Some basketball teams can go cold in their field-goal shooting during a game. Shots just don't make it through the hoop no matter what they do. Last Wednesday night, the Crawford County Lady Pack didn't just ice up, but they went to the level of glacier in a 56-39 loss to Louisville Assumption in the first round of the Floyd Central Shootout.

Crawford County’s Ashley Forbes, right, and Mary Bolin wrap up Assumption’s Becca Durbin in the first half of the Lady Pack’s 56-39 loss. Photo by Wade Bell
"I felt we got good shots," Crawford coach Alan Cox said. "We got shots we wanted. We executed our offense well. … It showed us some things that maybe playing an inferior team might not expose to us. Those kinds of things will help us come sectional time."

The story of the first half was Crawford County's poor shooting from the field. The Lady Pack connected just twice on 19 attempts in the first period and only once on 12 attempts in the second period for a total of 3 of 31 (10 percent). Shots from the inside didn't go in. Shots from the outside didn't go in. Shots from the middle didn't go in.

Ashley Forbes hit once in the paint in the first quarter, as did Crystal Allen. The other field goal came to start the second period, when Chelsea Jellison found a three-ball. Crawford County did manage a few free throws and was down 27-15 at halftime.

"Even though we shot the ball so poorly, I thought we got the shots we wanted," Cox said. "Right now, Chelsea, she's just stone cold from the field. … Good shooters, you have to tell them to keep shooting. We just missed a lot of easy shots. I thought my bigs did a pretty good job inside. We've got to be a little bit stronger."

As Crawford County continued to struggle in the third quarter, the Lady Rockets continued to pull away, as Katie Freidrich and Maggie Hartlage canned three-pointers to pace Assumption to a 39-20 lead.

The free-throw line was good for the Lady Pack as Forbes, Toney and Jellison totaled in at 6-for-6 and Carolyn Pellman found a deuce. Mary Bolin finished out a 10-4 burst as Crawford County pulled within 13 at 43-30.

In the fourth quarter, Jellison swished her second three-ball, cutting the Crawford County deficit to 10. Kelsey Kaiser scored for Assumption, but Forbes cashed in a single and Kayla Toney got two inside to pull Crawford County to within nine.

The Lady Pack would get no closer, however, as Assumption pulled away for the 56-39 win.

"This game is going to help us down the road," Cox said. "We made a little run. Our kids didn't quit. We cut it to nine and got ourselves back in the ballgame. We just had a couple of mistakes here and there."

Jellison led Crawford County with 12 points. The Lady Pack finished just 10 of 56 (18 percent) from the field and hit 17 of 27 free throws. Crawford County turned over the ball 13 times.

"It's definitely a good atmosphere," Cox said of the tournament. "The crowd isn't as big as in the sectional, but you've got to be strong in the mental part of your game because, if things aren't going well, you've got to be able to battle back quick. You don't have a whole couple of days to pout about it. You've got to bounce back immediately. We've got to do that tomorrow (in the second round)."

Freidrich finished with 15 points for Assumption, and Dee Dee Sliter added 12. Hartlage added 11 for the Lady Rockets, who hit 25 of 65 field-goal attempts (38 percent) and 4 of 6 free throws. Assumption finished with 15 turnovers.

"This was as good of a team as we've played this year," Cox said. "They were well-rounded. They had good guard play. They had good bigs inside. They were 5-11, 5-10 inside. They were a very well-rounded team, and, when you play teams like that, sometimes they'll expose weaknesses that you didn't even know you had. We had a couple of things show up, first making a better defensive transition. We got beat several times."

"Overall, it's a great experience," he said of the Shootout. "(Floyd Central coach) Joe (Voelker) does a nice job putting this tournament on, and we're glad we've gotten to play up here."

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