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Silver Creek FT's top Crawford County, 38-34

February 09, 2011
In a game that could be a preview of this week's girls' sectional, the Crawford County girls' basketball team went through four tough quarters against visiting Silver Creek last Tuesday night. Free throws became the determining factor, with the Lady Dragons coming out on top, 38-34.

"Tonight, what a great tune-up for both teams to get ready for sectional," Crawford County coach Alan Cox said. "It was a nice atmosphere. There was a lot of coaching strategy going on both ways, both coaches. You couldn't have asked for a better game to get ready right before sectional."

Crawford County’s Mary Bolin looks for help after getting a steal against Silver Creek in the first half. The Lady Pack came up short, losing 38-34. Photo by Wade Bell
The first quarter was indicative of what the night was going to be like with four lead changes and a 9-all tie at the end of the period.

The lead changed hands three more times in the second period. Crawford County finished out the half with a 5-2 burst, with Ashley Forbes and Carolyn Pellman scoring in the paint and Mary Bolin adding a free throw as the Lady Pack took a 17-15 lead to the locker room at halftime.

One person Cox wanted to contain was Silver Creek senior Molly Voyles. Crawford County did that in the first half as Voyles went scoreless.

"We had some things we wanted to try actually that we hadn't done," Cox said. "One of the things we did, we chased Voyles tonight, and a lot of people would probably question me and think, 'Why are you chasing somebody that's not their main scorer? She only scores three or four points a game.'

"The main thing we wanted to do today was see if we could disrupt them a little bit, because all their offense starts with her. I think it caused them some problems. We just tried to make them feel uncomfortable, put people in positions they normally don't run. It worked for us pretty well. We may come back to it later on, maybe against Salem, maybe against Silver Creek again. We just wanted to see what it looked like to chase a non-scorer and chase a ball-handler."

Pellman put Crawford County up by four to begin the second half. Silver Creek came back as Carissa Brown scored inside and Voyles put in two singles. Crawford County countered with an 8-2 burst to lead 27-21. Voyles answered again with a deuce-and-one to close the gap to three, but Kayla Toney finished the period with two from the stripe as the Lady Pack held a 29-24 edge with one quarter to go.

"Silver Creek played man all night long, but then they went 1-3-1," Cox said. "We handled it pretty well without too much trouble. We have all year long except the Corydon game, where we just kind of had a meltdown a little bit with that, had some players out of position. We expected them to play us some 1-3-1. He scouted us against Corydon. Why wouldn't you play us 1-3-1 after we looked as bad as we did?"

Three Silver Creek free throws pulled Silver Creek to within two. Crawford County's Chelsea Jellison and Silver Creek's Kim Jamros traded baskets then Jellison buried a three for a 34-29 Lady Pack edge.

Silver Creek went back on top, 35-34, with a 6-0 burst. A controversial call came at the 1:16 mark when Jamros slid out of bounds as Silver Creek coach Scott Schoen called time-out. The Crawford County bench argued Jamros went out of bounds before time-out was called. The officials conferred, and Silver Creek was awarded the time-out.

"What I was questioning on that, I was trying to see, was she out of bounds before they ever called time-out," Cox said. "The guy over on the opposite side of the court, he's the one that called the time-out. He has no idea, and the other official said she was out of bounds. This guy, he has no idea when she was out of bounds. Was it before the time-out or after? That's what I was questioning on that. It didn't make or break us in the game. It's just one of those calls. The officials, overall, did a nice job."

From there, Silver Creek owned the game from the free-throw line, sinking three with the final one coming with nine seconds left when Brown hit one of two to seal the 38-34 win.

"A bounce of the ball here or there, it could have went either way," Cox said. "Both teams played hard. Both coaches coached hard. Scott, he does a good job with them. Silver Creek has got a good team."

Jellison led the Lady Pack with 14 points. Crawford County struggled from the field, hitting 11 of 37 shots (30 percent). The Lady Pack was 6 of 11 from the charity stripe and committed 15 turnovers.

"We gave up some rebounds there in that fourth quarter, some offensive rebounds," Cox said. "When you start giving teams that many chances to score in a tight ballgame, you're going to get burnt. I know we gave up one rebound where they ended up getting a three-point play."

Voyles led Silver Creek with 10 points, including eight on nine free-throw attempts. Silver Creek was 13 of 42 (31 percent) from the field and 13 of 18 on free throws. The Lady Dragons had 13 turnovers.

"They've got good shooters," Cox said. "They've got a good team, and just a bounce here and a bounce there and it could have been a different ballgame."

Tonight (Wednesday), Crawford County (13-8, 3-3 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference) will face Salem in the Class 3A Sectional 30 at Charlestown at 6. The Lady Pack defeated the Lady Lions, 60-51, in their first game of the season.

"I haven't seen Salem since we played them," Cox said. "I've got a good coaching staff, and I feel like when you give us five or six days to prepare for a team, we'll have a good game plan on everything there is to know about Salem."

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