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Wolfpack dominate Tell City, 68-42


January 25, 2012
The Crawford County Wolfpack dominated all four quarters against visiting Tell City Saturday night in a 68-42 win. Going into the game, the Wolfpack had lost three of four games but they looked to have everything back in order as they took on the Marksmen.

"We had a tough stretch," said assistant coach Kevin Jones, who handled the helm for an ailing Mike Brown. "We felt like we gave one away there against Salem. Orleans, going there, that's always a tough game. We felt like we should have won that one, too. Providence, we just weren't prepared to physically battle them the way they play. We felt like tonight we were going to get back on the right track, and our goal was to win."

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Crawford County’s Isaac Bowles hits the deck as he tries to strip the ball from Tell City’s Trent Zuelly in the first half. Photo by Wade Bell
The Marksmen looked to give Crawford County a run early, leading twice in the first quarter. The Wolfpack had a 7-0 run burst in the period and secured a 15-11 edge after the first eight minutes.

"We kind of got out of the gates a little bit slow," Jones said. "We kept putting the pressure on them and got them to turn it over and then we got it rolling."

The Marksmen tied the game at 15 following a three-pointer by Matthew Watts. Crawford County countered with a 19-0 run, pulling away for a 34-15 advantage.

Chris Kohnert found a deuce and a three at the end of the period for Tell City, which went to the locker room with a 34-20 deficit. Jones gave his bench some extra time in the period to give his starters some much needed rest.

"Especially in January, it can be a drag on kids," Jones said. "You've got these double weekends. Last week, we played Friday, Saturday and Tuesday with our toughest game of the year. We've got to try to keep these kids rested and keep them from getting tired and losing their legs here at the end of the season."

Crawford County began the second half with a 7-0 burst to lead 41-20. At that point, however, Tell City launched an offensive as Crawford County's defense appeared to back down. The Marksmen went on a 10-3 run to close the gap to 44-30, with Kohnert closing the run with a deuce-and-one.

Crawford County finished the period with a 6-2 burst to extend its lead to 50-32 with one quarter to go.

The Marksmen countered early in the fourth, with Kohnert getting a deuce and a three-ball, to close the gap to 50-37 and force Crawford County to call a time-out.

The message during the break was simple.

"Just keeping our foot on the gas," Jones said. "We worked too hard to get that lead to ease up and just let it evaporate away. I didn't ever feel like we had a chance of losing the game. We want to send messages to people that, when they come in, we're going to play our game and we're going to try to put the pressure on them and keep the foot on the gas."

"Once we got up by about 20 points, we kind of let up a little bit," Jones said. "After that, we finished strong there at the end, but the second half we weren't quite as sharp."

That was all the Wolfpack needed. Crawford County came out with guns blazing to outscore the Marksmen 18-5, going on to secure the 68-42 win. Isaac Bowles was a big part of that run, scoring 10 points.

"Isaac has been huge for the last several games," Jones said. "He's done a wonderful job running the team and has been playing good defense. When he's out there, we can't hardly afford to take him (out). It's not because the guys that's coming in for him aren't doing a good job, because they're doing fine, but he's playing at a high level."

Jordan Nickelson led the Wolfpack (12-3) with 20 points, and Bowles finished with 19. Eric Harned dumped in 14 points for Crawford County, which shot the lights out, hitting 30 of 46 field-goal attempts for 65 percent. The Wolfpack also hit 6 of 7 free throws and had 15 turnovers. Crawford County also converted 30 points off Tell City turnovers.

Tell City's 6-7 center, Kohnert, led the Marksmen (4-10) with 25 points. The Marksmen connected on 19 of 45 field-goal attempts (42 percent) and 4 of 8 free throws, while committing 19 turnovers.

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