CROTHERSVILLE — As the Crothersville girls basketball team entered to “Welcome to the Jungle” with the lights off and spotlight on them, the Tigers were hoping to hunt for their first win of the season.
But they ran into an Edinburgh team that found a lot of open looks from the perimeter and knocked them down to stretch out their lead. The Lancers, now 3-3 this season, defeated the Tigers 51-33 on Wednesday night.
Leading the way for Crothersville was senior Kennadi Lakins, who record a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 steals.
Lakins was all over the floor, diving for loose balls, fighting for rebounds and pushing the pace trying to get her team points.
“She brings a lot of effort,” head coach Kevin Hensley said. “She’s a great senior leader. I still get on to her because there’s other things she can still do better by not throwing the ball away. Her game can get to another level.”
Edinburgh took a 13-6 lead after the first quarter. Crothersville was within two, but the Lancers went on a 5-0 run in the final minute to take the seven-point lead after the first 8 minutes.
In the second quarter, Lakins had two straight three-point spurts. One came from an and-one opportunity where she made the free throw, and then on the next possession, she drained a high-arching 3-pointer.
But the Lancers were able to weather that run from Lakins. They continued to find the holes in Crothersville’s zone and extended its lead to 33-18 at halftime.
“You‘ve got to know who the shooters are,” Hensley said. “We lost track of that during the game, and you can’t do that.”
In the third quarter, the Tigers could only muster five points, coming from Lakins at the free throw line and senior Zoe Spangler with 8 seconds left in the frame as she hit a 3-pointer. But Edinburgh was able to extend its lead 42-23.
Toward the end of the third, Lakins came out of the game a bit hobbled and had her leg worked on by the training staff. But the senior guard came back into the game at the start of the fourth quarter.
Edinburgh had no issues closing things out in the fourth quarter. Callie Hancock led the Lancers in scoring with 19 points.
As for the Tigers, this was their second loss in as many days. On Tuesday, the Tigers lost to Borden 61-44 but led at halftime, playing their two best quarters of the season.
“We were hitting shots,” Hensley said. “We’re so up and down with making shots. We’re either totally hot or totally cold, and there’s no in between.”
The same three Tigers who scored were the same three who scored against Borden, as well. Lakins had 23, Spangler had 11 and Ella Plasse had 10.
Spangler contributed another nine on Wednesday, while Plasse added seven.
“She is our closest inside post player. We get it to her in the middle,” Hensley said. “Ella just brings a lot of energy, you can see that. She just hustles.”
The Tigers (0-3) will conclude this three-game homestand on Saturday when they host Trinity Lutheran (1-0). After that, Crothersville will go on the road next week on Tuesday at West Washington.