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Trojan boys win four in a row
Basketball hot

NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford boys basketball team got on a heck of run with a 53-48 win over the DeSoto Pirates on Tuesday Jan. 26.

It was sweet revenge for the Trojans who lost to the Pirates in heartbreaker two weeks earlier.

North Crawford trailed by 24-21 at half and were down as many as nine points midway through the second half.  

With the score 43-39, the Trojans recorded their first three-point basket of the night with a corner three by senior guard Quentin Lathrop. That was followed by a layup by junior post Sever Stovey to give the Trojans their first lead since early in the first half at 44-43. 

That lead would not last long as DeSoto freshman guard Mason Zink sunk a three-point shot after a timeout on the next possession to give the Pirates the lead again.  

Moments later, Trojan forward Devlin Smith, who would finish with nine points, sank a three of his own to put the Trojans on top for good.  

North Crawford finished the game by going 6-6 from the line–Lathrop, Smith, and Carter Halverson each making a pair in the last 90 seconds of the game.  

Evan Pedretti led the Pirates with 17 points.  Quentin Lathrop led the Trojans with 16 points, Stephen Munson finished with 13 points, and Sever Stovey finished with 12 points. Carter Halvorsen scored three.

It was the beginning of a great run!

North Crawford hosted Brookwood on Thursday, Jan. 28 and they really laid one on the visiting Falcons, defeating them 81-43.

The Trojans jumped all over the Brookwood in the first half, taking a commanding 36-9 lead into the halftime break.  The Trojans finished the game with four scorers in double figures. 

The Trojans were also hot from the three-point line shooting 10-21 overall.  Devlin Smith, Deekin Smith, and Garrett Finnell went a combined 9-10 from the three-point line.  Deekin Smith, a freshman scored his first varsity points of his career. 

The Falcons were led by Wyatt Maurhoff who finished with 11 points.

Stephen Munson led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double.

Devlin Smith scored 15 points, Garrett Finnell had 10 and Sever Stovey scored 11 and had eight rebounds. Keegan Bender, Quentin Lathrop and Deekin Smith all scored six points. Rounding out the scoring for North Crawford were Carter Halvorsen with four points, Liam Elton with two points and Kade Boland with one point.

On Friday night, things got a little tougher for the Trojans as the LaFarge Wildcats arrived with an upset in mind. The Wildcats led 18-16 at halftime.

The Trojans shot less than 20 percent in the first half of the game.  

North Crawford got rolling a little bit thanks to three timely steals and dunks by Stephen Munson and some timely shooting by Devlin Smith, Garrett Finnell, and Quentin Lathrop.  

The Trojans struggled mightily from the free throw line shooting 7-21 from the line.  

Bryce Franks led the way for the Wildcats with 14 points 

Stephen led all scorers with 18 points and had 10 rebounds to record his second double-double in as many night.

Junior post Sever Stovey scored 10 points and had nine rebounds, while Devlin scored nine and Quentin Lathrop had eight. Lathrop also had nine rebounds.

North Crawford continued the winning streak on Monday Feb.1 when they defeated the visiting Silver Eagles from Weston 69-34.  

The Trojans used a balanced scoring attack to take down the Silver Eagles. It was led by Stephen Munson who finished with 23 points and 7 assists.  

The Trojans also got key contributions from Quentin Lathrop, wo scored 16 points and Devlin Smith, who had 12 points.  

Junior post Sever Stovey scored nine points and had 12 rebounds, while Keegan bender scored five. Rounding out the scoring for North Crawford were Deekin Smith with three points and Garrett Finnell with one.

The Trojans took control of the game early leading 36-17.  Weston was led by Hunter Schmidt and Jimmy Wilson who both finished with 10 points apiece.  The Trojans will take on rival Seneca at home on Thursday for a crucial Ridge and Valley contest.  The Trojans won the earlier meeting this year 40-36.

The Trojans’ record improved to 9-5 overall and 7-3 in the conference.