NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford girls basketball team continued to show progress and poise this past week. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the squad traveled to distant Argyle to face the 6-1 Orioles, currently sitting atop the Six Rivers-East conference.
With the game knotted at six points apiece for nearly ten minutes of hard-fought basketball, the Orioles began to pull away with the help of sophomore Tori Lantz, who would finish the game with 19 points. The final score of 60-29 did not tell the true tale of the game, as the visiting Trojans showed they can play aggressively despite the size and strength of their opponent.
The Trojan attack was led by junior Kloee Chamberlain, who would finish the game with an impressive double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Angie Herfel also made some timely baskets, providing 12 points of her own.
On Thursday, Dec. 12, the Trojan girls would let their inexperience get the better of them against a scrappy Ithaca team. Playing at home for the first time in nearly two weeks, the fatigue of the road began to take its toll on a sluggish Trojan offense, with the Bulldogs eventually winning the foul-filled affair 40-23.
Chamberlain once again showed her mettle, leading all scorers with 13 points and adding 10 rebounds and five steals for another complete performance. Herfel had five points and fellow guard Sarah Hanson had three points in the loss.
Sophomore Faye Brassington continued her trend of solid defensive basketball, while freshman Miranda Olson has begun to find ways to boost the attack of this young Trojan team, contributing four rebounds and two steals coming off the bench.
The evening was not without its victories, however, as the North Crawford JV girls notched their first win of the season, beating the Bulldogs 27-23. Sophomore Nyah Forkash was unstoppable from the field, dropping 18 points in an inspired effort.In-between games, senior varsity players Emily Hanson and Hannah Kemp were honored with flowers and a heartfelt tribute from first-year head coach Michael DiPadova. Up next for the Trojans is a game at Weston on Friday, December 20.