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Wolfpack win landslide over Senators

February 15, 2012
Crawford County boys' basketball coach Mike Brown made sure his team knew how important the Wolfpack's game at West Washington was Thursday night before walking out of the locker room. To stay alive in the Patoka Lake Athletic Conference race, the Wolfpack had to come away with a win.

"We have to have this to tie for conference," Brown said he told his team. "If we lose here, then there's no reason for us to worry about Paoli (in the last game of the regular season). We're playing for the sectional then. This gave us a chance to make something out of the Paoli game and have a chance to share the conference. I told them all week, if we don't win this game, we're done. We're looking at sectional games and (will) start preparing for those."

Crawford County’s Eric Harned, left, and Jordan Nickelson put the squeeze on West Washington’s Chad Thompson in the second half of the Wolfpack’s 75-48 win. Photo by Wade Bell
The Wolfpack didn't just win, but won in a landslide over the Senators, 75-48.

"I think that helped that there was a reason for it," Brown said. "If it hadn't been for that, there might have been the potential, on a weeknight, weird night, to play and maybe come up here and have a letdown (after the Wolfpack's one-point win at North Harrison)."

Both teams lit up the nets in the first period, with Crawford County hitting 7 of 11 field-goal attempts and the Senators finding the basket 7 of 12 times, as the two teams played to an 18-all tie.

Crawford County erupted in the second period, hitting its first eight shots. West Washington managed to connect on just 4 of 9 from the field in the eight minutes while the Wolfpack sank 11 of 13, four of those from behind the three-point line, to outscore the Senators 26-10 to take a 44-28 halftime advantage.

"They hit a lot of shots early," Brown said of the Senators. "We didn't want to give (Clayton) Sullivan anything early. If some other guys hit shots, we were kind of OK with that. (Uriah Cleek) hit more than we wanted him to, but we would rather have him shoot them than Sullivan."

Brown said Crawford County's deeper bench made a big difference.

"They can't sub with us, so they're going to hit some early, which they did, but when they get tired, they're going to start missing," he said. "About the two-minute mark of the first quarter, shots started hitting short, we get the rebounds and take off. The second quarter at about the two-minute mark, from six minutes on down, we've already rested everybody and we are playing against guys that are tired."

Crawford County used a 10-3 run midway through the third period to establish a 54-35 lead. The Senators were never able to get a foothold after that, and the Wolfpack went on to handily win 75-48.

"We had a speed advantage to begin with, obviously," Brown said. "We were willing to give some things up early to keep them from getting going and get the game going the way we wanted it to, and hope that would be in our favor later on.

"It was simply because our kids did a very good job taking good shots. We had some really good 2-on-1's and 3-on-2 fast breaks where we got wide-open layups and we got fouled. That's the difference."

Isaac Bowles had a big night for the Wolfpack, scoring 27 points, including 12 on four three-pointers. Eric Harned finished with 18 points, and Jordan Nickelson added 12. Crawford County shot a whopping 65 percent from the field, hitting 30 of 46 field-goal attempts and 10 of 12 free throws. The Wolfpack turned the ball over just nine times.

"They just go out and play and have fun," Brown said of his team. "I don't think we've had a game where we felt like we had a letdown against anybody. The games we've lost we deserved to lose, but it wasn't because we didn't play hard and didn't give full effort. That's the reason it's really fun to coach this team. You get that every day and every night in games."

Zach Trueblood led West Washington with 12 points, and Lane Hoover came off the bench to put in 11. Sullivan was held to 2 points. The Senators also shot the ball well, hitting 16 of 31 shots (52 percent) and 11 of 14 free throws. Turnovers were a problem, though, with West Washington coughing up the ball 20 times.

"Sullivan has scored in the 20's, and we didn't want that to happen," Brown said. "So, we concentrated on him. We also said they're probably going to hit some shots early because we're going to be trapping, pressing, helping on him."

Crawford County will host Lanesville this weekend before hosting Paoli in the final game of the regular season and a chance for a share of the conference championship.

"We feel really good about the direction we're going," Brown said. "We have got a lot of confidence. We know we're peaking at the right time."

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