NORTH CRAWFORD - It took almost eight years, but the North Crawford Trojans beat the Seneca Indians 40-36 on the road Tuesday, Dec. 15.
It was a hard-fought game right to the end. In fact, the score was tied 36-36, when Trojan Stephen Munson scored his only points of the game to make it 38-36.
Seneca failed to score on the next possession and wound up fouling North Crawford’s Quentin Lathrop, who sank two from the free throw line to secure the 40-36 victory.
It was North Crawford’s first victory over Seneca since February 5, 2013.
“They’re a good team,” Seneca coach Dave Boland said of the Trojans later.
Amazingly the victory came with the Trojans’ leading scorers essentially shut out. Neither Junior Stephen Munson nor senior Quentin Lathrop scored in the first half. Munson in particular was stymied by Seneca’s 2-3 zone, which cut off all driving lanes.
However, on his drives he was able to draw defenders and then kick the ball back to teammates. Senior Devlin Smith scored eight points including two three-pointers
Junior post player Sever Stovey led North Crawford in scoring with 12 points. Quentin Lathrop wound up scoring nine points-all in the second half.
Brandon Larson, Garrett Finnell and Keegan Bender each scored three points.
Munson, the team’s leading scorer, was held to just two points in the game.
Seneca junior Ashton Swanson led all scorers with 15 points. However, sophomore Evan Payne was held to seven points and Kadin Wallin had six. Tyson Sparks and Brennan Wallin each scored three points for the game on three-point shots. Shawn Kirchoff scored two points.When it was over, you felt like the earth may have moved under your feet in the Ridge and Valley Conference.