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Indians pop Trojans balloon with a 49-23 steam rolling
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NORTH CRAWFORD’S Garrett Finnell (20) battles for a rebound late in the game against Seneca. The Seneca trio contesting Finnell’s possession include, from left, Kadin Wallin, Nick Kirchoff (33), and Shawn Kirchoff (4). Although the Indians were well on their way to winning this game 49-23, the action didn’t stop until the final buzzer sounded.

NORTH CRAWFORD AND SENECA - It might have been the best game of the season for the Seneca boys basketball team and perhaps one the worst for North Crawford, when the teams met on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

The Indians were simply dominant in every phase of the game and the result showed it, as they rolled over their hosts, the Trojans, in a 49-23 rampage.

Seneca’s senior post player Nate Klema led all scorers with 12 points, while teammate sophomore guard Kadin Wallin had 11. 

Other underclassmen making large contributions were sophomore guard Ashton Swanson with eight points and freshman guard Evan Payne with eight points.

Swanson led the team in rebounds with six, assists with six and steals with five. Wallin had five rebounds and three steals, while Tyson Sparks had five assists. Similar stats for North Crawford were not available.

The Indians had one of their very balanced scoring games in this one. Senior guard Kolton Chambers scored five points and rounding out the scoring for the Indians were junior guard Tyson Sparks and sophomore guard Shawn Kirchoff with two points each.

Things were never that close–the Indians led 23-11 at halftime and expanded on that lead by five more points in the second half.

It’s hard to express how hard it came for the Trojans, trying to score on their home court and getting nowhere. Like their counterparts, the Indians, the Trojans also featured some balanced scoring–the trouble was it was just half as much.

North Crawford’s trio of high-scoring guards sophomore Stephen Munson, Junior Quentin Lathrop and senior Mack were stymied. Mack and Lathrop were held to five points, while Munson the team’s leading scorer was held to just two points.

Senior forward Tayler Peery scored five points, while sophomores Brandon Larson and Garrett Finnell each scored three points with a three-pointer apiece.

That was it–for the game, the Trojans scored four two-pointers and four three-pointers and three free throws–FOR THE GAME.

Seneca’s veteran basketball coach Dave Boland was happy with the win, but he also kept things in perspective.

“It was just one those nights,” Boland said later. “I don’t think it’s necessarily reflective of how good those two teams are. We just had a lot better night. It was probably one of the better games we’ve played all year.”