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Floyd beats up Crawford, 84-38

Floyd Central Shootout

January 11, 2012
The Crawford County Lady Pack got a taste of Hoosier Hills Conference physicality in the Floyd Central Shootout, suffering an 84-38 battering from the host Lady Highlanders on Dec. 29. It was the kind of play Crawford County wasn't used to but something Floyd Central has to have to compete in its conference.

"I didn't like the way we got pushed around, and we let them continue to do it all night," Crawford County coach Alan Cox said. "They're a physical team and more experienced. They play at a little faster pace than anybody we've played on our schedule. They're a nice team and they're well coached."

Floyd Central’s Kate Kaiser pressures Crawford County’s Chelsea Jellison in the Lady Highlanders’ 84-38 win in the Floyd Central Shootout. Photo by Wade Bell
"We're going to be physical because we have to be physical with other schools," Floyd Central coach Kirk Hamsley said. "Our conference is real physical, and you have to be ready to go out and bang heads every night."

Floyd Central got off to a quick start with a 7-2 lead, but Crawford County wasn't fazed, responding with a 10-1 run to lead 11-10. The Lady Highlanders fired up two quick deuces by Tori Kingsley and Brooke Hinton, and Floyd Central led 14-11 after one quarter.

The Lady Highlanders exploded for a 14-3 run to start the second period. They outscored the Lady Pack 23-11 in the period and took a 37-22 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"There were some good things," Cox said. "The first half wasn't too bad other than we got in a hurry. Again, the referees let the game be physical. I don't mean that in a bad way, but it was a more physical style of play than we've played this year. We didn't handle it very well. … We hadn't played in a physical game, with all the hand checking."

"We were trying to rotate some sophomores and freshmen, and Niki (Bruno's) a junior and Tori's a junior," Hamsley said. "We're playing some fairly young kids. We wanted to get after them and see how their guards could handle it. We did a better job handling them than they did handling our pressure."

Crawford County had problems with Floyd Central's pressure in the second half, as well. The Lady Highlanders outscored the Lady Pack 24-7 in the third period and then 23-9 in the fourth, leading to the 84-38 rout.

"Experience beat us and physicality beat us," Cox said. "We let Floyd Central out-muscle us, be physical with us, and we didn't fight back. That's what I told our girls.

"I'm not blaming the officials; that's just the way they called the game tonight," Cox said. "At some point in time, you've got to decide you're going to have a little pride and fight back. When people are knocking you two feet on a checkout, you've got to decide, 'Hey, I'm going to knock them back, too.' And we didn't do that."

Chelsea Jellison led Crawford County with 15 points. The Lady Pack hit 12 of 29 field-goal attempts (41 percent) and 12 of 18 free throws while committing 29 turnovers.

Hamsley said controlling Jellison was key to his team's game plan.

"We didn't want her to touch the ball, and I was upset in the first half," he said. "She got too many touches. We changed things up a little in the second half. We were going to let her touch it and give it up and not let her get it back. She didn't touch the ball, and the rest of them had to handle it."

Kelsey Mayfield led Floyd Central with 23 points, and Hinton finished with 18. Kingsley came off the bench for 15 points, and freshman Madison Kaiser had 12. The Lady Highlanders hit 36 of 63 field-goal attempts (57 percent) and had 20 turnovers. Floyd Central got 60 points in the paint, mostly on lay-ups, and 41 points off of Crawford County turnovers.

"I can play Tori as a post or on the wing," Hamsley said of Kingsley. "They're buying into what we're doing. I think it goes back to (former coach) Joe (Voelker) and what he did. We developed everybody at the same time. We just don't develop one or two or three kids. Everybody does the same thing and works on their skills."

"Floyd Central did a good job," Cox said. "They used their strengths to their advantage, and they abused us on our weaknesses. We've got to have a little pride. … We let them beat us up."


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