MEDORA — After only scoring seven points in their last outing against Clarksville, head coach Roger Bane was pleased to see his Medora girls basketball team have a nice scoring outing as the Hornets hosted Crothersville on Monday night for a cross-county matchup.
Medora controlled the game from the start en route to a 58-29 victory.
“It’s a good win for the girls,” Bane said. “I know at least the past five years we haven’t beat Crothersville. The girls did what I asked them to do. We still fundamentally have a lot of work to do, but it was a good win for us.”
Medora led 12-4 at the end of the first quarter after getting baskets from Jenna Bowers, Madison Reece and Breelee Underwood.
Crothersville got off to a shaky start but began to find some offense in the second quarter. Hali Burton got the Tigers into their sets, Kendall Berry nailed a 3-pointer and Morgan Womack scored inside to give Crothersville a 10-point quarter.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, their zone defense left sharp shooter Aaralyn Hackney open one too many times from the perimeter. Hackney made three 3-pointers in the second quarter to propel the Hornets to a 32-14 lead at halftime.
“We actually moved Aaralyn a little down lower off the wing, they weren’t coming out and picking up closer to the base line, and we tried it, and it worked out for us,” Bane said.
Crothersville head coach Kevin Hensley made adjustments in the second half, having Womack face guard Hackney and not let her get open.
The Tigers closed the gap a little to start the second half. Womack hit a free throw and Burton converted an and-one. Medora’s first points didn’t come until 3:21 left in the quarter when Bowers made two free throws.
With just five players available, it became tough for the Tigers to be as aggressive as they wanted to be because they couldn’t risk getting into foul trouble.
Womack did end up fouling out in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort and intensity.
“She’ll give me everything she’s got,” Hensley said on Womack.
Those free throws got Bowers into a rhythm again in the third quarter as she then knocked down jumpers, got easy buckets in transition and pushed Medora’s lead out to 45-19 heading into the fourth.
For the second time in the past week, Bowers has scored 37 points. It’s the most points scored in a single game in program history. She did it last week against Bloomington Lighthouse and replicated that performance again on Monday.
Hackney added 14 points, Reece scored four and Underwood had three.
“If we can get Jenna and Aaralyn out ahead of teams they can score,” Bane said. “Maddie did a better job tonight, too.”
The victory was Medora’s third this season, now with a 3-9 record. Medora will be back in action tonight at Eminence.
As for the Tigers, Berry led the way with 14 points and Burton scored nine. Womack had four points, and Ally Mendoza and Matty Deaton both scored their first points of the season, each making one free throw.
“(Burton) is a big key. Saturday she had a big game (scoring 20 points) but today she didn’t have a big night scoring,” Hensley said. “Matty and Ally, they haven’t scored a lot of points but they’ve been playing for only two months. I’m happy for them.”
Crothersville is still searching for that elusive win this season at 0-14. They have two games left in the regular season, this Friday at home against Martinsville Tabernacle for senior night, and then the regular season finale will be next Tuesday at New Washington.
“I just want to see us keep improving because we are improving,” Hensley said. “It may not look like it but we are.”