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Crawford shipwrecks Commodores, 68-40

February 02, 2011
The Crawford County Wolfpack improved their record to 10-4 Friday night when they dismantled host Perry Central in a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference contest. The win keeps Crawford County atop the conference standings with West Washington and Paoli remaining on the Wolfpack's conference schedule.

"We did so many things well tonight that we had worked on all week; I'm really proud of them," Crawford County coach Mike Brown said. "We're coming around now where we feel like we have got some good things in front of us."

Crawford County’s Isaac Bowles picks the pocket of Abe Schwartz in the first half of the Wolfpack’s 68-40 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference win. Photo by Wade Bell
Crawford County exploded to a 10-1 lead to begin the game, connecting both behind the arc and in the paint. Perry Central, however, showed it had some weapons, as well, as Abe Schwartz and Trent Brown both launched three-balls to close the Commodore deficit to three.

Crawford County finished the period with a 13-3 burst, connecting on 7 of 9 shots in the period to take a 23-10 advantage after one quarter.

Despite the big lead, Brown had been hoping to see better rebounding.

"You would think, when you're playing against all 6-footers, you would just dominate the boards with no problem," he said. "But sometimes they're so hard to find to block out because they're quicker and it throws you off. We were playing against five guards. Once we settled down, I thought we did a really good job on the boards from there on. But we just had some times where they beat us to the ball."

A 6-3 burst early in the second period kept the Commodores within 10 at 26-16. Alex Baker then opened up with a pair of threes for a 32-16 Crawford County advantage. Tanner Cassidy put in a pair of Commodore singles, but Johnnie Schwartz and Parker Hudson scored inside, allowing the Wolfpack to take a 36-20 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Brown said his team's lead wasn't as easy as it sounded as the Commodores hit some big shots early. The Crawford County coach said that was the main subject of the halftime talk.

"More than anything, take an extra step and have a hand up early," he said. "Don't wait till the ball's in a cocked position before you go out there, because they shoot it quick and they're far enough out that you've got to get way out there on them. They do a good job of running in and out of areas, and we worked on that all week."

"They shot some deep ones, and when you're playing against five guys that are all moving in and out of the lane, nobody's posting up," Brown said. "Parker (Hudson) has really got nobody to guard. It takes you a while to adjust."

Crawford County began the third period as they did the game: with a 7-0 burst. Cassidy and Brown dumped in a deuce and three, respectively, for Perry Central, but Baker canned a three-ball to launch a 9-2 Wolfpack run for a 52-29 lead.

Crawford County did some clock management through the fourth quarter and went on to register the 68-40 win.

"They were changing defenses some, and, of course, down 20 they've got to try to hurry us up," Brown said. "There were some things open for us, but I thought, for the most part, we did a pretty good job against their press. We took things that were there on the break and, when we didn't have them, we pulled them back out. That's what you have to do."

Baker led Crawford County (10-4, 4-0) with 23 points, connecting on six three-balls. Eric Harned and Hudson followed with 14 each. The Wolfpack shot the ball well, hitting 21 of 38 field goals (55 percent), including 10 of 18 from behind the arc, and 14 of 21 free throws. Crawford County finished with 13 turnovers.

"When Alex and Isaac (Bowles) get the ball kicked out to them and their feet are set, I don't expect them to miss," Brown said. "I know they're going to miss some, but I don't expect them to miss any. When they shoot the ball, I feel like it's going in. The difference for them is having their feet set, seeing the ball coming just like in practice, and tonight I thought they took great shots."

Garrett Miller led the Commodores with nine points. Perry Central connected on 15 of 38 field goals (39 percent) and 6 of 10 free throws. Perry Central finished with 12 turnovers.

"Once they beat us and started throwing it up there, we couldn't get back to them to box anybody out," Brown said.

Brown said his team is about where it needs to be at this point in the season. One thing in development, though, is a deeper bench.

"I'm pretty pleased with where we're at," he said. "We've got a ways to go, but the things that we're starting to see are better chemistry through eight or nine guys instead of just the five seniors or five starters.

"Now, we can sub guys in. Johnnie Schwartz is a great example, subbed him in there tonight and, not only do we not lose anything, he makes some big plays for us. (Josh) Totten did a nice job. He's doing what he can do, and we're getting more of that now. All teams do that. When you get a lot of practice time, you get better at the things you're doing. We just really need to keep going in the right direction."

Crawford County will host North Harrison Friday night at 7:30.

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