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Bolin lifts Crawford over Perry Central


December 07, 2011
Chelsea Jellison hit two big three-pointers in the fourth quarter and Mary Bolin swished three of four free throws in the final two minutes to help the Crawford County Lady Pack secure a 34-31 win over visiting Perry Central Thursday night. The game evened up both teams' records at 3-3.

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Crawford County’s Mary Bolin lets out a deep breath before putting up the second of two free throws to give the Lady Pack a 34-31 win over visiting Perry Central. Photo by Wade Bell
"I'll be glad when coach (Alan) Cox gets back," joked assistant coach John Bowles, who was subbing for Cox, who was away from the bench for medical reasons. "This is too much for me. I thought I was going to have a heart attack over there. The girls, I told them, 'You did a good job handling me.' Coach Cox, he's sort of laid back, and I'm a little more aggressive when it comes to coaching … Of course, they see me in practice and they understand I'm very proud of these girls, very proud."

"We've got a lot of young kids that's got to learn how to play a little bit better," Perry Central coach Bill Dickerson said. "Crawford just played better than us tonight."

Crawford County's defense allowed the Lady Commodores to get off just three shots in the first period, with Perry Central canning two of those. Perry Central connected on just 1 of 11 shots in the second period, with the only make being the last shot of the half when Ashley Graves scored inside.

Crawford County took a 16-4 lead in the period before the Lady Commodores closed the gap to 16-8 at halftime. Perry Central hit just 3 of 14 shots in the first 16 minutes.

"We played a 2-3 zone most of the first half, and you can play a 2-3 zone only so long before a team figures out what to do against it," Bowles said. "Bill Dickerson, being a great coach that he is, I knew that was going to happen. So, we went back to a man-to-man some, and I think that's really helped us."

Jellison scored early in the third for an 18-8 Crawford County lead, but the Lady Commodores jumped back into the mix with 10 unanswered points to tie the game at 18.

Jellison then drilled a three, but Brittany Parker hit a deuce to keep Perry Central within one. Jellison scored again with the Lady Pack holding a 23-20 lead with one quarter to go.

Perry Central began the fourth period with a 6-3 burst to tie the game at 26, with Crawford County's points coming on another Jellison three. The senior then drilled her third three-ball, keeping the Lady Pack out in front, and later scored inside for a 31-26 lead.

With 1:49 left, Perry Central's Susan Schwartz hit a free throw. Following a Crawford County time-out, Mary Bolin got one of two free throws to keep it a two-possession game at 32-27.

Schwartz and Parker canned two quick baskets for the Lady Commodores, and Dickerson called a time-out with 37 seconds left.

Crawford County held the ball until Schwartz fouled Bolin with 10 seconds left. The senior sank both freebies for a 34-31 lead. Graves got off a shot from behind the arc that went left, and the Lady Pack had the three-point win.

"Last year, the joke was that Mary Bolin was '50 Percent,' " a smiling Bowles said. "We called her '50 Percent' because she made one free throw and missed one free throw. She stepped up there toward the end of the game and hit two in a row. … She was better than 50 percent, and we needed that out of her."

Jellison led Crawford County with 20 points. The Lady Pack were 12 of 30 from the field (40 percent) and 7 of 13 from the free-throw line. Crawford County had 22 turnovers.

"We've got two girls, Chelsea and Mary, who's got varsity experience," Bowles said. "They're the ones that saved it for us. Even with Mary in foul trouble, (assistant) coach (Mark) Boone did a good job in subbing out for defense and in for offense so she could help us handle the ball."

Parker led Perry Central with 12 points, and Graves, who had been averaging 17 points a game, was held to 10. The Lady Commodores hit 14 of 33 field-goal attempts (42 percent) and 3 of 5 free throws.

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