NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford girls basketball team was determined to start this season by earning something that has eluded them in recent years... a victory. After hosting the Weston Silver Eagles last Tuesday night, this Trojan squad did just that.
Led by second-year head coach Michael DiPadova, the energetic Trojans played aggressive basketball from start to finish, taking a commanding 15-4 lead right out of the gate.
Using a balanced scoring attack and a stifling defense that produced 17 steals, the North Crawford girls maintained control with confidence and hustle. Even when all-conference player Laurissa Pickel scored 23 points to bring Weston within striking distance in the second half, the Trojans increased their advantage once more, closing out the contest with a 46-39 win.
The scorebook told the tale of this new-look offense, with each player providing support in multiple areas. Senior Kloee Chamberlain provided 12 points and eight rebounds from the power forward position. Point guard and fellow senior Angie Herfel provided 10 points, four steals and three assists, while freshman Elizabeth Stovey made an impactful debut in the paint with 11 points to go with her nine rebounds.
Junior guard Sarah Hanson also provided a critical boost with five points, five steals, and five assists. Sophomore guard Miranda Olson contributed eight points to round out the starting roster for the Trojans.
"I'm very proud of the effort tonight," said coach DiPadova after the victory. "We kept our heads up, played like a team and supported each other. This group has put a lot of work in. We know it's only one game - there's more work to do, but the girls played hard. It's an emotional win for us."