Blackhawks fly past Tigers


Facing No. 14-ranked Springs Valley, the Crothersville girls basketball team knew they needed to play with few mistakes in order advance to tonight’s sectional championship.

A tough second quarter for the Tigers and 19 turnovers resulted in a 55-36 loss in the semifinals of the West Washington Sectional on Friday.

In the first quarter, the Blackhawks jumped to a 15-10 lead.

Springs Valley extended its lead before the half scoring 17 points while holding the Tigers to six.

A slew of unforced turnovers led the to the Blackhawks’ run in the second quarter.

Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter, as Springs Valley retained its 16 point margin.

“We just made too many little mental mistakes,” Tigers coach Kevin Hensley said. “We talked about it before the game, the unforced errors. That’s what a lot of them were.”

There was no late-game heroics, as the Blackhawks held Crothersville to just eight points in the final eight minutes.

“I told the girls they gave a lot of effort,” Hensley said. “ I can’t fault them on effort. I was really proud of them, they were never satisfied.”

Kiana Wininger led Springs Valley with 16 points, while Kayla DeWeese added 13 and Morgan Meehan netted 10.

Long-range specialist Alexis Adair finished with a team-high 16 points behind four 3-pointers for Crothersville while Lacey Hall added six.

Of the Tigers’ 27 rebounds, Katrina Christian and Abby Jewell each pulled down seven.

“We’ve watched their footage before the game and they use zones, so we tried to get inside with their holes inside,” Hensley said. “We didn’t get it (in the post) as much as we had liked.”

Rebecca Hensley will be leaving the Tigers program upon graduation.

In the offseason, the Tigers look to put in lots of time in the gym.

“We’re going to work on all aspects of the game,” Hensley said. “We want to become a better shooting and defense team. We will play some girls in the summer. We’ve got to improve in every aspect of the game to make a big run next year.”