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Crawford County’s Isaac Bowles, right, and Tell City’s Brian Arnold hit the deck diving for this loose ball in the second half. Photo by Wade Bell

Crawford torpedoes Tell City

January 05, 2011
After stumbling through a tough first quarter, Crawford County charged through an all-out assault of the Tell City Marksmen in the Wolfpack's opener of the Perry-Spencer Holiday Classic last Tuesday night. The Wolfpack marched their way to a 72-42 win with big second and third quarters.

"To come back and be off that long, and then with Christmas break, it was a good game to start back with," Crawford County coach Mike Brown said. "One good thing about these games is we get three games instead of three 2-1/2 hour practices. But it was a good way to come back."

The Marksmen gave Crawford County problems in the first quarter with tight man-to-man defense that forced the Wolfpack to rush their offense. Crawford County hit just three of 12 field-goal attempts and committed nine turnovers in the process. Tell City, however, didn't shoot any better from the field, hitting just two of nine shots, but the Marksmen got more chances from the charity stripe, as they took a 16-9 lead.

"Teams are going to do that to us," Brown said. "Our offense is designed for that. It's designed for the way we play. When we get it, we've got to make hay with it. I think they just rushed us into things early. They have some physical people. They weren't as skilled as we were shooting and dribbling the ball. There's some bodies out there that can rough you up a little bit. I think we let that bother us early."

Crawford County regrouped during the break and came back with a vengeance, outscoring the Marksmen 26-4 in the second period. The Wolfpack hit six of their 10 shots from the field, while Tell City managed to connect on only three of 12 attempts.

By the end of the period, the turnaround had put Crawford County in front, 35-20. Junior Eric Harned was a big part of that run, getting eight points in the Wolfpack's initial 10-1 run, including back-to-back threes.

"He can get out on the break," Brown said of Harned. "He's athletic up on the board. He can block shots away from the ball, and he gives you some things that you really like to see for us because he gives us another wing player to be a factor in the game. … The longer you play, the game comes back to you, to your speed. I think that's what he's experiencing now. We expect to get more and more out of him."

The Wolfpack launched another assault in the third period that was ignited by back-to-back threes by Isaac Bowles. Crawford County connected on eight of 12 field-goals attempts in the period, while the Marksmen hit just three of 10. The Wolfpack outscored Tell City 23-10 in the period for a 58-30 lead and went on to register the 72-42 win.

"He had open-shot threes," Brown said of Bowles opening up the second half. "When he can get his feet set and he's in no hurry, he's as good of three-point shooter we have. Tonight, he took a lot of those shots. The ones we knew he was going to take, he had rebounders if he did miss. He played a much better game tonight."

Alex Baker led the Wolfpack with 18 points, and Harned and Bowles followed with 14 each. Parker Hudson added 10 points and had four blocks that led to Tell City turnovers. Crawford County was 23 of 43 (53 percent) from the field and 19 of 26 from the stripe. The Wolfpack had 22 turnovers.

"It's really hard for a big guy to just keep his hands up and keep them there," Brown said, referring to the 6-7 Hudson. "We talked a lot about that. We've worked on it a lot. He did a great job tonight of just standing there with your hands up. If they shoot it over you, they shoot it over you. They turned around right into him two or three times, and he was just able to grab the ball."

Sean Flannagan led Tell City with 15 points. The Marksmen were just 12 of 41 from the field (29 percent) and 16 of 34 from the free-throw line. Tell City had 18 turnovers.

"What we talked about during the breaks in the game was we have to back cut, spread it out," Brown said. "They can defend the cuts, then you'll be able to reverse the ball. The second we started doing that in the second quarter and we made the extra pass, then we had no trouble getting shots."

"As the game went on, the last two minutes we've got JV guys in and we're still pressuring heck out of the ball," he said. "We were able to run the offense and run the clock down. It doesn't take a lot to get things done, but you cannot force things early."

In the second round of the tournament on Thursday, the Wolfpack fell to Corydon Central, 56-47. In the New Year's Eve afternoon game, Crawford County (5-3) handily put away the Heritage Hills Patriots, 48-39, to place third in the tournament.

The Wolfpack will host Springs Valley Friday night and travel to Salem Saturday night. Both games will tip at 7:30.

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