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Lady Commodores pummel Crawford

December 05, 2012
Perry Central cruised past visiting Crawford County Thursday night, leading from beginning to end in the 68-38 Patoka Lake Athletic Conference girls' basketball contest. Pressure defense was the key for the Lady Commodores' dominance, but the Lady Pack saw some gains late in the game as their squad of youngsters gained more experience.

Crawford County’s Haleigh Mitchell, center, finds herself between a rock and a hard place as Perry Central’s Erica Hill (30) and Rosa Schwartz double up in the second half. Photo by Wade Bell
"I think the pressure starting off the game was the key," Perry Central coach Bill Dickerson said. "Our man-to-man pressure was pretty good and we got a couple of steals and some easy buckets. We did hit some shots right off the start, and you get off to a good start and start shooting well."

"The biggest improvement I saw tonight was our man-to-man defense," said Crawford County assistant coach John Bowles, subbing for coach Alan Cox, who was out for medical reasons. "I really believe that. I really think Perry Central is a very good team offensive team. They've put up a lot of points, if you look back in their history. They run a lot of that Princeton back-cuts. I thought our man-to-man defense was the most improved thing."

Perry Central's domination began in the first period as the Lady Commodores went into a full-court pressure defense. Crawford County turned over the ball six times in the period while Perry Central stayed clean. The Lady Pack managed just two field goals out of 10 shots, while the Lady Commodores connected on 10 of 23 shots to take a 22-5 lead.

Perry Central controlled the second period as well, outscoring Crawford County 15-6 to take a 37-11 lead at halftime. In that period, the Lady Pack were just two of nine from the field, while Perry Central hit seven of 18 shots.

"We didn't work on a man-to-man press," Bowles said. "We have something against the zone press that we run, and it hurt us really bad. We have young ball players, and they make mistakes. They know that, but, still, we should have done a lot better than what we did."

"We've got a lot better shooting team than when teams zone us," Dickerson said. "We're seeing an awful lot of zones. When they play man, we feel like we're a pretty good man team, but we don't see too many mans till the fourth quarter. That means we're usually ahead. I feel like we can shoot better from the outside. I feel like we didn't shoot the ball very well from the perimeter, and we were rushing some of them."

Perry Central had another big quarter in the third, outscoring Crawford County 22-10. The Lady Pack made some gains in the fourth, however, winning the period 17-9, but there was already too much damage done as Perry Central got the 68-38 win.

"I hate to say we're young, but we are young," Bowles said. "We're getting more experience as we go. Offensively, we played pretty well. Defensively, we tried something new tonight we worked on in practice, a 1-3-1 (zone). It didn't quite work for us like we thought it would. I finally switched out of it, and we played 2-3. We played a little better in 2-3, but then we had to come out the second half and play man-to-man."

"I think Crawford played extremely hard," Dickerson said. "He had a lot of new kids playing. They ran their offenses well, and they hit the boards really hard. They've got some big kids and inside, besides Ashley (Graves), they were really bigger than us. We were quicker, so if you want to turn it into two different games, you could. But they were pretty good inside. I thought they hit the boards really hard."

Tylynn Allen led Crawford County with 13 points, and Brooke Sauer finished with 12. The Lady Pack hit 13 of 43 field-goal attempts (30 percent) and 10 of 16 free throws. Turnovers were key as Crawford County coughed up the ball 29 times.

"We worked a lot on man-to-man defense, and I actually thought they played pretty well man-to-man defense," Bowles said.

Brittany Parker led the Lady Commodores with 23 points, and Graves dumped in 20. Morgan Richardson added 11 points for Perry Central, which hit 27 of 66 field-goal attempts (41 percent) and 10 of 20 from the charity stripe. The Lady Commodores committed 15 turnovers.

"She's a dandy," Dickerson said of Parker. "She's really an exceptional player. She handles the ball well. She's one of the most intense kids I've ever coached. She scares me in practice because she plays just like that in practice, too, on the floor all the time. She's a special little guard. She's only in her second year. She's a sophomore. We're really pleased with how she's played."

"The summer basketball helped quite a bit, traveling in the summer," he said. "We travel a lot. We don't play in any leagues."

"We were just sort of shell-shocked, I think," Bowles said.

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