The County Title could not be decided in four quarters.
Crawfordsville picked up a 53-51 double overtime victory over Southmont on Saturday.
The pressure was relentless over four quarters and two overtimes in a game that was eerily similar to a meeting at Southmont two weeks ago. That was when James Gineris made the game-winning shot in Crawfordsville’s 54-52 overtime win against Southmont to win the Sugar Creek Classic. Gineris also scored the go ahead lay-up late in a 58-52 rout of Southmont a year ago.
Southmont’s Cam Chadd, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, tied the game at 51 on a long 3-pointer with 14 seconds to go. Then Gineris, who had 16 points and six assists, was fouled going for a lay-up before clinching Crawfordsville’s first County Title since the 2013-14 season. The Athenians (10-3, 3-0 SAC) remain in the top part of the Sagamore Conference standings with Danville as the only two teams undefeated in league play.
The win over Southmont didn’t come easy. Both teams struggled to shoot the ball and couldn’t find a way to put together much of a run to take control.
Swick had 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting and finished with 11 rebounds for the Mounties (8-5, 2-2), and Southmont’s 6-foot-5 senior forced the second overtime. When Crawfordsville’s Jack Sommer made two free throws at the start of the first overtime, Swick answered with a basket to tie the game. Devin Guard, who with 13 points, scored two more free throws to give Crawfordsville the lead again before Swick tied the game with a lay-up.
Trent Johnson created a spark for Crawfordsville and it seemed to come when the Athenians needed it most, especially when both teams couldn’t find a way to score at the start of the game.
Johnson made four 3-pointers, scored a season-high 17 points and finished with eight rebounds, and finally got things going when he made a lay-up midway through the opening quarter for the first basket of the game. Johnson later hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play, and score all eight of Crawfordsville’s points in the first period. The Athenians led 8-2 going into the second.
With a game at Lebanon Friday and one with Harrison on Saturday at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Southmont is trying to get back on the winning track while entering the toughest part of their schedule.
Crawfordsville is at Frankfort Friday and will face Turkey Run Saturday at the Hoosier Gym.