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5 years ago by Christopher Broughton

Crawford upends Lady Jeeps

Crawford upends Lady Jeeps, 33-22

 
 
 
 
December 21, 2016
Defense was the name of the game last Tuesday night, with the Crawford County Lady Pack 'D' holding visiting Northeast Dubois to just 22 points, including a scoreless second quarter, for an 11-point win. It was the sixth straight win for Crawford County, who improved its record to 9-2 for the season, its best start since 2006.

"All the things you want your team to do, we're doing that," Crawford County coach Chris Broughton said. "We're doing it as a team. Either we all come together and we all benefit and we all go in the right direction, or, when you don't come together, then you don't get those results and you don't have these good feelings. So, I really think they're buying into the team aspect, and things are going well in the right direction. We've got to keep going that way."

 
 
 
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Crawford County senior Jenny Jellison slides around Northeast Dubois' Tyla Rasche in the second half of the Lady Pack's 33-22 win.
The game began with neither team shooting the ball well at all. Crawford County put up 17 shots in the first eight minutes and connected on just two, while the Lady Jeeps fired up 10 attempts, also hitting two. Of Crawford County's two, one was a three-ball by Carley Allen. The Lady Pack also missed several free throws, with Jenny Jellison missing four straight. By the end of the period, Crawford County held a 5-4 lead.

Kiley Smith fired up Crawford County's first bucket of the second period and Kendra Covele scored in the paint for a 9-4 lead. Addy Simpson then took over scoring the next seven points with two deuces and a three-ball. Kaylee Grizzel finished the 13-0 run with a pair of free throws, and Crawford County had an 18-4 lead at halftime.

"Addy is really good at anticipating and guarding the basketball and, when somebody is going to cross over, what move they're going to make," Broughton said. "She's really good at that."

Broughton said sometimes bad shooting nights just happen. The Lady Pack were 7 of 27 from the field in the first half.

"We've had a game this year where we made 13 threes and couldn't miss," he said. "Then, you're going to have games where you don't shoot well. One thing that should never change is your defense. You should always bring energy and effort and get after it. I really hope that tonight that the girls saw that you don't have to make every shot. You don't have to make every free throw. If you get after it on defense, you'll have a chance to either win or be right there in the ballgame."

Jellison connected for two following a Dubois turnover to start the third. Savannah Stafford finally got a deuce to fall for the Lady Jeeps, but Jellison connected two more times for a 24-6 lead. Alex Dodson later put Dubois into double digits with a long deuce and Stafford followed with a jumper, leaving the Lady Jeep deficit at 12. Allen followed with a jumper as Crawford County held a 26-12 advantage after three quarters.

Crawford County built its lead to 15 midway through the final period, 33-18, when Allen drilled a three.

Dubois got the final two baskets of the game but was too far behind, with Crawford County posting the 33-22 win.

Allen led the Lady Pack with eight points, and Simpson finished with seven. The Lady Pack didn't shoot the ball well, hitting just 13 of 47 shots (28 percent) and 4 of 12 free throws. Crawford County had 12 turnovers for 32 minutes.

Broughton had praise for Covele and her defensive effort, saying that was one of the keys to the win.

"I tell you who has been flat playing their tail off, and that's Kendra Covele on the defensive end," Broughton said. "We put her on that wing, and she has figured out how to anticipate, how to get up in the passing lane. We tell her and Brenna, and Addy and Carley, our best athletes, we're OK with you getting out and playing in the passing lanes and gambling a little bit. We want you to do that."

"What we have told them at halftime is, when a girl like Kendra Covele is playing as hard as she can and you're on the floor with her, you have to play hard," he said. "If there's four people playing as hard as they can and I look over and I'm not playing very hard, I'm really going to stick out in a bad way. So, playing hard and getting after it is really contagious, and Kendra is the one that sets the tone for us on that."

Broughton also praised Smith, a junior, for her rebounding and being a presence in the paint on defense.

"Kiley played well," he said. "She missed almost all of last year, and we've slowly been bringing her along. But she's another one, too. She just has good instincts for basketball. She may not always be at the right place at the right time, but she goes after it and rebounds and makes some good post moves inside, and I think she's finally understanding now, when the ball goes in, the best three-pointer to shoot is one that goes inside-out. Kiley is doing a great job of finding shooters, and we're making a post move when she's open.

"We can play a lot of different lineups. We can put Kiley and Jenny inside and really have a bigger lineup and be athletic and rebound, or we can have Kiley out and go small and really get after it.

Stafford led Northeast Dubois with eight points, and Madison Denu had six. The Lady Jeeps also shot poorly, hitting 11 of 38 field-goal attempts (29 percent) and had no attempts from the free-throw line. Northeast Dubois committed 17 turnovers.

When the team talks about its record, Broughton said he talks about how it can be better.

"We're 9-2 right now, but 10-2 sounds better," he said, adding "9-2 is good and I'm really proud of the way they're playing, but everything they want to accomplish is right there in front of them. They've just got to keep coming every day in practice and practicing and working hard and competing against each other and bringing out the best in each other. I really feel like we can do a lot of damage as the year goes on."

Northeast Dubois 4 0 8 10 - 22

Crawford County 5 13 8 7 - 33

Northeast Dubois - Denu 6, Stafford 8, Dodson 2, Kahle 2, Rasche 2, Terwiske 2

Crawford County - Covele 4, Simpson 7, Smith 4, Allen 8, Jellison 6, Grizzel 4

3-pointers - Simpson, Allen 2

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