NORTH CRAWFORD - After learning their highly anticipated conference battle with Seneca needed to be rescheduled into late January, the North Crawford girls basketball team was forced to quickly shift gears into a difficult back-to-back series last Monday and Tuesday night.
In the first match-up, the squad traveled to Westby–a Coulee Conference powerhouse with more sophomores on their roster than the Trojans have players. The team put up a fight early, frustrating the Norse with good ball reversals, but it wasn't long before the home team showed-off their range. Westby would finish the game hitting seven shots from beyond the arc en route to a 73-26 win.
Angie Herfel led the Trojans with 10 points and showed hustle by grabbing four rebounds, while freshman Elizabeth Stovey chipped in with nine points and five rebounds of her own.
The next evening, North Crawford hosted conference co-champion Kickapoo, and the experienced Panther squad proved to be too much. After a thrilling first quarter of basketball with the Trojans tailing by the score 13-12, Kickapoo would slowly grind ahead and never look back.
In spite of the 60-22 loss, the Trojans showed an impressive knack for breaking the Panther's full-court press, and continued to create defensive turnovers late in the game.
"I thought our transition game was outstanding tonight," said coach DiPadova after the game. "The girls kept their heads up and played hard. We struggled in our half-court sets and didn't get many good looks at the basket - Kickapoo deserves a lot of credit, they're an aggressive team."
With six points, five steals, and three rebounds, Stovey once again gave the home crowd a bright glimpse of her potential. Classmate Sarah Bransky, making her first high school start, provided five points and five rebounds. Senior Kloee Chamberlain had four points and eight rebounds.