Girls Basketball

Athenians struggle in loss vs Tiger Cubs

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The Athenians were put to the sword by a Tiger Cub side that forced numerous turnovers and hounded the visitors all over the court defensively as CHS fell  52-8 on Tuesday night.

“Coming into the game, if you would have told me we would hold (Greencastle) to 52 points, I might have taken it,” Crawfordsville head coach Tyler Smith said. “We did a decent job of making them work for points. 

“Obviously nothing worked on offense for us. When you don’t have much of a flow, the looks you do get, are not in the flow of the offense. We had moments where we would fake someone out of their shoes and then pass or travel. We were  out of sorts all night.” 

Greencastle started out with a 7-0 lead and finished the first quarter with a 17-4 advantage as Gloria Brewer had nine points in the frame and only Taylor Abston getting on the scoresheet for Crawfordsville, scoring both baskets in the quarter. 

Emma Hunter added seven points for the Tiger Cubs in the second quarter as the lead stretched to 30-6 at halftime. 

Despite the wide gap, the home side struggled to knock down shots much of the evening yet were still able to enforce a running clock midway through the third quarter at 41-6 as there was a nine-minute gap between baskets from Riley Gardner in the second quarter and Molly Pierce in the third quarter. 

Crawfordsville did not score over the final 10:52 of the game, however, as Greencastle cruised to a sixth-straight win. 

Brewer scored 24 points while Hunter added 17 points but no other Tiger Cub scored more than four points. 

The Athenians will jump back into action at Danville Saturday afternoon with the JV tip scheduled for 12:30 p.m. 

“On our schedule, these might be the two best teams we see on our schedule,” Smith said about facing Greencastle and Danville this week. “Every game is a learning experience; we have an inexperienced group and we have to have a next play mentality. 

“We have to learn from this and move on quickly as we have another really good team Saturday.” 

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