NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford girls basketball team showed a resurgent spark in their conference battle with the DeSoto Pirates last Thursday.
Although the Trojans would eventually come up short by a score of 52-30, there were numerous highlights for the young squad as they inched closer to a victory.
Starting in her first varsity game, freshman guard Miranda Olson gave the home crowd an exciting glimpse of her potential by tallying 13 points, two rebounds and a steal.
Sophomore Sarah Hanson dropped 13 points of her own to go with three steals, and junior Kloee Chamberlain continued to make hustle plays by grabbing 11 rebounds and weaving two assists.
Senior Hannah Kemp also provided four points and two rebounds in a solid defensive performance.
After some effective pressure forced the Pirates into multiple turnovers just before the half, DeSoto headed to the locker room nursing a 24-17 lead. The remainder of the game, however, the Pirates would take advantage of fast break opportunities.
With junior Angie Herfel playing limited minutes due to injury, and an already depleted bench, the short-handed Trojans slowly ran out of steam.
“We’re starting to put the pieces together,” said head coach Michael DiPadova. “We had a number of girls step-up tonight, and that’s what good teammates do. This group supports each other, and that’s bigger than what you see on the scoreboard.”
Following a Tuesday night game at Kickapoo, the Trojan’s next battle is on Friday, January 17 against the Wauzeka-Steuben Hornets.