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Athenians drop afternoon contest to Oracles

After suffering a heart-breaking, last-second loss to county rival North Montgomery on Friday, the Crawfordsville girls basketball was back on the court Saturday as the Athenians welcomed the Delphi Oracles.

The game proved to be a game of runs as the Oracles opened the game scoring the first 10 points before Shea Williamson got the Athenians on the board at the 3:57 mark of the opening quarter. That three started a 13-0 Crawfordsville run as CHS led 13-10 afer the first eight minutes. A 7-0 run to end the second followed by a 14-0 run in the third by Delphi allowed them to take control of the game at 40-27.

Crawfordsville had one final run left in them using an 11-0 to cut the deficit to just a single point in the beginning stages of the fourth, but the Oracles responded with a game-clinching 12-0 run of their own to secure a 54-47 win over the Athenians.

“We didn’t deserve to win the game, it’s as simple as that,” a dissapointed Crawfordsville coach Tyler Smith said. “We showed heart for a few different spurts but not for a complete four quarters. We had lazy closeouts on defense to allow a team to shoot it well, who hasn’t shot it well all season. When we haven’t been successful this year it’s the common, simple, and basic basketball plays that have hurt us.”

Williamson led Crawfordsville with a game-high 19 points and added nine rebounds in the losing effort. Taylor Abston scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Olivia Reed scored seven and secured five boards. Sixteen of those 19 points for Williamson came in the first half as the Oracles adjusted their defense towards her in the second half.

Delphi shot 20-48 from the field and 9-17 from three-point range in the win. Jenna Roth led the Oracles with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Lacey Pickering added 10 points.

“We had one girl in terms of the entire game who brought the energy and effort needed to win,” Smith said. “Sometimes we rely too much on our guards to make a play instead of just going with the flow of the offense.”

The Athenians (3-9 0-4 SAC) will look to put an end to a five-game losing streak Tuesday when they travel Attica (0-6) before taking some time off for the holidays.

“We were looking at these final three games thinking we had a shot and felt confident that we could win all three going into break,” Smith said. “Maybe we weren’t quite as up for this one after the way we lost on Friday night, but that’s when you lose games you’re not supposed to lose. It was a really crushing overall weekend and there aren’t many positives to build from this performance.”

Delphi 54, Crawfordsville 47

Score by Quarters

Delphi 10 16 14 14 - 54

Crawfordsville 13 10 9 15 - 47

Delphi (5-6)

FG-FGA FT-FTA PTS: Evan Royal 2-3 0-0 5, Libbie Smith 4-8 0-0 9, Lacey Pickering 3-5 3-4 10, Kaitlyn Miller 2-3 2-4 7, Lexi Miller 2-10 0-2 5, Jenna Roth 7-16 0-0 18, Miah Sinks 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 20-48 5-10 54.

Crawfordsville (3-9, 0-4 SAC)

Olivia Reed 3-10 0-0 7, Elyse Widmer 1-12 0-0 2, Kearston Hutchens 1-6 2-2 5, Laine Schlicher 1-2 1-2 3, Liddy McCarty 0-5 2-3 2, Shea Williasmon 6-13 3-6 19, Taylor Abston 4-6 1-1 9

3-Pt Shooting: Crawfordsville 6-20 (Williamson 4, Reed, Hutchens), Delphi 9-17 (Roth 4, K. Miller, L. Miller, Pickering, Smith, Royal).

Rebounding: Crawfordsville 36 (Abston 10, Williamson 9), Delphi 29 (Roth 12, L. Miller 7)

Turnovers: Crawfordsville 26, Delphi 22

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