NORTH CRAWFORD - This past Tuesday, December 8, the North Crawford girls basketball team traveled to far away to New Lisbon to face the Rockets in a non-conference battle.
Yet even with a short-handed roster, they would prove to be more than up to the task of notching their second victory.
Setting the tone early with stout defense and aggressive inside scoring, the Trojans quickly built an impressive 26-6 advantage before halftime. Answering basket for basket from then on, the team displayed solid passing to work the clock down in the final minutes, preserving a 47-30 win over the home squad.
Playing in only the fourth game of her high school career, freshman Elizabeth Stovey continued to impress, leading all scorers with 19 points and nabbing 11 rebounds for her first doubledouble of a promising debut season. Stovey also had three steals for good measure.
Senior captain Kloee Chamberlain was a monster on the boards, hauling in 16 rebounds to go with her eight points, while senior point guard Angie Herfel was masterful with the basketball, providing ten points, seven rebounds, and five assists in an all-around effort.
Not to be outdone, the supporting cast of Miranda Olson, Faye Brassington and Sarah Bransky combined for ten points of their own, as well as five rebounds and three additional steals.
"We came ready to play tonight," said head coach Michael DiPadova after the lopsided victory.
"We were assertive with the ball, made better decisions. It's fun to watch a team put the pieces together like that - I'm very pleased with our hustle."
At 2-2 on the season, the North Crawford girls now have some tough conference games on the horizon, and are aiming to make waves against a slate of familiar opponents.
With hearts still racing from the thrill of their opening night win, the 1-0 North Crawford girls basketball team would finish a busy week on the losing end of a back-to-back series. Despite the scoreboard, these results did not come without some notable successes.
On Thursday, December 3rd, the squad faced a tough challenge against Wauzeka-Steuben, the perennial conference champ. Once again, senior Kloee Chamberlain led the way for the Trojans with 11 points and five rebounds, with guard Angie Herfel scoring eight points, three assists and three steals.
While the Hornets would prevail by a comfortable 56-28 final, the scoring margin was more than twenty points closer than last year's contest between these same schools. In fact, the brightest spot of the evening may have been the North Crawford defense, which held all conference guard Maddy Reichmann to 18 points and forced a typically sound Wauzeka squad into 18 turnovers.
The following evening, December 4th, the Trojans traveled to Viroqua, where they found themselves in a tight non-conference battle for the majority of the game. After falling behind early, the NC girls kept finding different methods to claw their way back.
After a 23-18 halftime tally, the Trojans would eventually hit a dry spell against the Blackhawk perimeter defense, falling by an inflated final of 58-32. There were 31 total fouls committed in the game.
The highlight of the contest, however, was the aggressive play of freshman center Elizabeth Stovey, who continues to display a knack for scoring. She would finish with 12 points and six rebounds.
Fellow freshman Sarah Bransky provided four points and an energetic boost on defense, and junior Sarah Hanson led the team in both assists and steals with four apiece, as well as dropping four points of her own.Senior teammates Kloee Chamberlain and Angie Herfel had a combined eight points, but also chipped in 12 rebounds and six steals between them.