NORTH CRAWFORD - The North Crawford girls basketball team was in Cazenovia to play the Weston Silver Eagles this past Friday, Dec. 20. None in attendance were quite prepared for the exciting conference battle that took place, nor the uncommon finish that ensued.
After seven lead changes, 38 fouls and 124 total points, the hosting Eagles would finally prevail over a three-player Trojan squad.
North Crawford began the game with a flurry of scoring and sharply executed full-court pressure. It was by far their best offensive performance of the season. Led by junior Kloee Chamberlain, who posted 21 points and 10 rebounds – her third double-double in as many games – the Trojan attack was firing on all cylinders.
By halftime, it was a 34-33 contest. Shortly into the second half, however, the Trojan roster became depleted on a pivotal series of foul calls, and the team could only field four players. Then, with four minutes of basketball still remaining, that total was reduced to three.
Heavily outnumbered on the court, but still managing to show great heart and resilience, the brave Trojans would eventually fall by an inflated count of 73-51.
Other contributors were guards Angie Herfel and Sarah Hanson, who had 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Faye Brassington added four points, and freshman Miranda Olson scored two points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Weston was led in scoring by Laurissa Pickel, who finished with 28 points – half of which were earned at the free throw line.The North Crawford varsity girls play their next games at the Iowa-Grant Invitational, held two days after Christmas on December 27.