Lady Pack crushes Tell City
By Wade Bell, Contributing Writer
The Crawford County Lady Pack went into their varsity-only game against host Tell City last Tuesday night with just nine players but made the best of it to crush the winless Lady Marksmen. The Lady Pack had a near-perfect second half to roll to a 60-22 rout.
“Today was hopefully a good day for everyone involved that was able to go and play,” said Crawford County coach Chris Broughton. “We got all players in the scoring column, but what I’m most happy about is that we had a season-high 15 assists and under 10 turnovers. I think the assists show we were sharing the ball and looking to do the right things.“
Tell City’s only lead of the game came when it scored the first two points of the night, those coming from Rylie Schroeder in the paint. Crawford County scored the next 10, with junior Sarah Stutzman scoring six of those inside. Jaylie Albin scored late for the Lady Marksmen, and Crawford County’s lead was 10-4 at the end of the period.
The Lady Marksmen got themselves back in the game in the second period with a 7-2 burst to close the gap to one, 12-11. Makaylin Sheckells buried a Crawford County three to set off a 7-0 run. Nicole Bailey got a freebie from the charity stripe for Tell City, but Crawford County countered with five for a 24-12 advantage. The two teams traded baskets before the end of the half, and the Lady Pack went to the locker room with a 26-14 lead.
“We knew Tell City was going to play a 2-3 zone and pack it in, which a lot of teams will do that,” Broughton said. “They want you to shoot the ball from the outside. They don’t want you to get the ball inside, so we talked about not falling in love with that three-point shot.
“We’ve got a lot of good shooters, but Taylor Herbaugh is an example. We want Taylor Herbaugh attacking the basket as well as shooting the ball outside. We don’t want someone like Taylor shooting nothing but threes. We talked about that, and we didn’t hardly shoot a three the first quarter. That’s kind of a girls’ basketball thing; you tell them one thing, and they’ll do it, literally, exactly like you tell them.”
Crawford County broke Tell City’s back in the third period. Tori Weatherholt scored first for Tell City, but from there the period belonged to the Lady Pack, who scored the next 17 points, with Crawford County getting three-balls from Morgan Holzbog and Makaylyn Jenkins. The Lady Pack’s lead ballooned to 43-16.
Crawford County also overran the Lady Marksmen in the fourth quarter with a 17-6 run. Sheckells drilled two more late threes as the final daggers, giving the Lady Pack the win.
“Overall, I think we made some good adjustments,” Broughton said. “I really thought we ought to leave here today and should have a lot of kids to have some confidence. This is what we needed. This is what this team has needed the whole time. We have to improve some things defensively as I thought Tell City broke our press too easily early on and also got the ball to the high post too easily as well.
“I am hopeful that over the next few weeks we are able to pick up some momentum,” he said. “As a coach, I am finally able to see what lineups work best and how we need to play also, so I’m hopeful that over the next few weeks that can develop a little more as well.”
Stutzman led the Lady Pack with 20 points on the night and had no fouls in the game. Sheckells finished with nine points on her three three-pointers. The Lady Pack connected on 25 of 57 field goals (44%) and 5 of 12 free throws. Crawford County had five turnovers in the game with zero in the second half.
“I told (Sheckells) six of those points would be accredited to me because she was standing over here by the bench,” Broughton said. “All of them need to do a better job of it, and I’ll use Makaylin as an example. Everybody has to be a threat. That doesn’t mean you have to shoot it, but you’ve got to be down and ready. There’s no reason that you can’t catch the ball on the three-point line versus a few feet behind the three-point line. You’ve got to be toed up and ready.
“It doesn’t mean you have to shoot the ball but, when you’re toed up and ready, now you can present an opportunity where you can score. Makaylin hit a couple of threes. She drove the baseline one time and passed it to Sarah. So everybody on the team has got to do a better job of that, being a threat, being ready.”
Schroeder led the Lady Marksmen with 13 points. Tell City hit 9 of 24 field goals (38%) and 4 of 7 shots from the charity stripe. The Lady Marksmen finished the game with 22 turnovers.
“Nobody within the team — the coaches or the players — has given up on these kids,” said the Crawford County coach. “I really feel like we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the year. I think we’ve got a chance here to go on a little run and start playing with some confidence. Obviously, we’ve got to take it one game at a time. We’ve got Henryville and Perry Central next week, so that’s another reason it was good to play a day game against Tell City because Perry Central is going to be a day game also. It’s kind of good to get into that routine.”
Crawford County 10 16 17 17 – 60
Tell City 4 10 2 6 – 22
Crawford County – Stutzman 20, Sheckells 9, Kerce 6, Mauck 6, Schigur 6, Jenkins 5, Herbaugh 4, Holzbog 3, Wiseman 1.
Tell City – Schroeder 13, Albin 4, Lehmkohler 2, Weatherholt 2, Bailey 1.
3-pointers – Crawford County 5 (Sheckells 3, Holzbog 1, Jenkins 1).